About Bass

The electorate of Bass is made up of the central northern and northeast of Tasmania. It is named after George Bass, an early explorer of the region, and is home to a diverse range of economic activities, industries, and communities. The beautiful Tamar River, officially kanamaluka / River Tamar runs the length of the electorate and exploring the Tamar River Valley is a must with its orchards, wineries and vineyards. The west Coast of this tidal estuary is dotted with some of Australia’s best cool climate wineries. At the western edge of the mouth, you’ll find the impressive Narawntapu National Park. Known as the Serengeti of Tasmania, this is one of the world’s best places to view wildlife in its natural habitat. The grasslands are full of marsupials at dusk including the Tasmanian devil, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats


The electorate of Bass has a rich and varied history, dating back to the early days of European settlement. The region was originally inhabited by the Palawa people, who had a deep connection to the land and the sea. The first Europeans to explore the region were Dutch sailors in the early 17th century, followed by British explorers in the late 18th century.

The region was established as a penal colony in the early 19th century in York Town an area on the West Tamar. However, the area was abandoned to establish a settlement where Launceston now stands. Many convicts were sent to work in the region’s burgeoning agricultural and timber industries. The region played a significant role in the development of Tasmania’s economy, particularly during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when it was a major hub for shipping.


The electorate of Bass has a population of just over 102,000 people, making it one of the most populous regions in Tasmania. The largest town in the region is Launceston, which has a population of around 87,000 people. The region is also home to a number of smaller towns and villages, each with its own unique character and history, including George Town, located at the mouth of kanamaluka / River Tamar, Australia’s third-oldest European settlement, founded in 1804, just behind Sydney and a year after Hobart.


The economy of the electorate of Bass is primarily driven by its natural resources, particularly the rich agricultural land, timber resources, and the pristine waters that surround the region. The region is also home to several industries such as mining, manufacturing, tourism, and fishing.


The agriculture industry is a major contributor to the economy of the electorate of Bass. The region produces a wide range of crops which are supplied to markets both within Australia and overseas. The timber industry also plays a vital role in the economy of the region, providing employment opportunities for many people in the region.

The tourism industry is significant, with the region attracting many visitors each year, particularly those interested in the natural beauty of the region, its wineries, and the historic buildings and landmarks.

The fishing industry is another important sector of the economy of the region. The pristine waters that surround the region are home to a diverse range of fish species, and the region is renowned for its high-quality seafood, including Tasmanian salmon, abalone, and lobster.

Economic Contribution:

The electorate of Bass is a significant contributor to the Tasmanian economy, accounting for around 25% of the state’s GDP.

The electorate of Bass is a diverse and dynamic region, with a rich history and a strong economy. Its natural resources, industries, and communities all contribute to the region’s economic success, making it an essential part of the Tasmanian economy. The region’s agricultural sector, timber industry, manufacturing, fishing, and tourism industries provide employment opportunities and generate revenue for the region and the state.

Moreover, the region’s strategic location, as it is situated near major transport routes and shipping lanes, makes it an essential hub for commerce and trade. The region’s economic success can also be attributed to its skilled workforce, which is well-equipped to meet the needs of the industries and businesses that operate in the region.

As such, it is essential to support the region’s continued growth and development, to ensure its continued contribution to the Tasmanian economy.