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Key Industries

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Circular Head is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, allowing for a variety of businesses and industries. Key sectors include forestry and timber production, agriculture, dairy and prime beef production, commercial fishing and aquaculture, manufacturing, tourism, vegetable processing and iron ore pelletising.

Circular Head businesses export to more than 20 countries, predominantly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Circular Head is Tasmania's largest dairy area with more than thirty per cent of the State's dairy farms. The municipality also has its share of successful niche industries such as Leatherwood honey production, seaweed fertiliser manufacturing and Japanese Wagyu cattle breeding.

The following companies are some of Circular Head's key employers and/or exporters. To locate other businesses in Circular Head visit the Tasmanian site of the Yellow Pages

Blue Hills Honey

HoneycombBlue Hills Honey is a premium gourmet honey producer based in Circular Head. The company specialises in Leatherwood honey, along with Blackberry, Meadow and Wildflower honeys. Tasmania is the only place in the world where Leatherwood honey is produced.

Blue Hills Honey employs a cold extraction process which ensures all natural components of the honey are retained.

Blue Hills Honey won a number of Gold Medals in the Tasmanian Fine Foods Awards in 2005 and 2006 and was the first Australian honey producer to implement a stringent, industry-initiated quality assurance program in accordance with Australian and New Zealand food safety requirements.

Blue Hills Honey exports to Japan, Jordan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States. In early 2008 the company was in negotiations with distributors in India and Dubai.

Blue Hills Honey
1858 Mawbanna Road

Phone: (03) 6458 8142

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Britton Bros Pty Ltd

Blackheart SassafrasBritton Bros, trading as Britton Timbers, is based in Smithton. It is Tasmania's largest privately-owned hardwood sawmill and the biggest producer of specialty timbers. The company employs approximately 70 staff at its Smithton mill, with a further 28 staff employed in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The Smithton complex includes a sawmill, kiln drying facility, docking and machining plants and a veneer slicing and drying plant. Blackwood timber accounts for about 32% of the company's production and Tasmanian oak approximately 62%, with the balance of production coming from sassafras, leatherwood, celery-top pine and myrtle species.

The company also produces moulded timbers including architraves, linings and floorings and timber veneers.  Customers include the building trade, manufacturers of fine furniture, architects and crafts people.

Britton Timbers sells locally and on the mainland through its branches in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.  It also exports timber to China, Singapore, New Zealand and the USA.

Exports for the 2005/06 financial year accounted for almost 10% of timber sales.

Britton Timbers Tasmania
3 Brittons Road

Telephone: (03) 6452 2522

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Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station

Rooftop solar instruments at Cape Grim - Image: CSIRO Atmospheric Research - Bureau of MeteorologyCape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station is located at the far north-west tip of Circular Head. It is one of just 25 Baseline Air Pollution Stations worldwide (see Map below), and the only one of its kind in Australia.

Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station (CGBAPS) was established by the Australian Government to monitor and study global atmospheric composition. The facility began taking atmospheric samples in April 1976 and since that time more than three billion measurements have been made.

CGBAPS measures concentrations of natural and anthropogenic particles, including greenhouse gasses such as methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, along with chemicals which deplete the ozone layer.

Sophisticated measurements of solar radiation, including harmful UV-B radiation, are also made.

CGBAPS also measures general meteorological parameters including wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity and air pressure.

CGBAPS is a joint responsibility of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. It was one of the first five Global Atmosphere Watch stations established worldwide, the other four being the South Pole, American Samoa, Mauna Loa (Hawaii) and Point Barrow (Alaska).

CGBAPS is not open to the public.

For further information about the work carried out at Cape Grim, visit the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station website

To view the World Meteorological Organisation's map of Global Atmosphere Watch Stations, click here

Grange Resources

Loading iron ore pellets at Port Latta. Image - Australian Bulk MineralsGrange Resources owns the Savage River iron ore mine on the West Coast and the Port Latta pellet plant in Circular Head.  The company employs almost 500 direct staff, plus contractors.

Concentrated iron ore slurry is pumped under pressure from the Savage River mine through an 85km pipeline to the Port Latta pelletising plant. The slurry is then processed, resulting in the production of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of iron ore pellets and approximately 50,000 tonnes of iron ore concentrate per annum.

The pellets are shipped to markets in Australia and Asia, in particular China.

The pellet plant underwent an extensive refurbishment and modernisation process from 1998 to 2002.

Grange Resources
Head Office
60 Wilmot Street
(PO Box 659)

Telephone: (03) 6432 3377

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McCain Foods (Australia) Pty LtdMcCain Logo

McCain Foods, a large multi-national company, has a French fries processing and freezing plant located in Smithton. In peak season the company employs approximately 150 people. The company has several potato storage sheds on the Smithton site and in 3 other locations in the North of the state.  The plant processes a high quality product from fresh potatoes in January to June and from stored potatoes in July to December.

McCain Foods is a large multi-national company with more than 55 production facilities on six continents. Worldwide, the company employs some 20,000 staff and processes almost one-third of the world's French fries.

McCain Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd
Smith Street

Telephone: (03) 6452 0200

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Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd

Photo - Greenham TasmaniaGreenham Tasmania Pty Ltd is a meat processing facility located in Smithton, employing more than 120 staff. The company provides beef to the domestic market as well as to Japan, Korea and the United States.

Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd processes more than 10,000 tonnes of grass-fed beef annually with supplies coming directly from more than 3,000 properties across Tasmania and King Island.

The company works with customers to ensure that the meat is trimmed, packed and labelled to specification. The processing site has freezing facilities so the meat can be either chilled or frozen for air or sea transport to customers almost anywhere in the world.

Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd
Bacon Factory Road

Telephone: (03) 6452 2701

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Ta Ann Tasmania Pty Ltd

Ta Ann Tasmania Pty Ltd operates two Rotary Peel Veneer mills in Tasmania, one in the Huon district and the other in Smithton.

Timber is processed into veneer for use in plywood flooring, construction ply, container flooring and specialty products such as Laminated Veneer Lumber. Specialty floor ply made from 70% and 100% Tasmanian eucalypt has been developed. Both mills use sustainable regrowth timber and plantation resource that would otherwise be made into lower-value woodchips or exported as peeler logs.

The Smithton mill employs 50 full-time staff and 10 casual staff, along with contractors, and there is capacity in the Smithton mill to install a third log cutting line and a second dryer in future years.

The company exports the veneer to Asian markets, in particular Japan.

Ta Ann Tasmania Pty. Ltd.
150 Davey Street

Telephone:    (03) 6223 8933

Mill Address:
1 Marthicks Road

Telephone:    (03) 6452 1399

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Tarkine Fresh Oysters

Photo - Bolduans Bay OystersBolduans Bay Oysters have 79 hectares of marine farm sites at three locations in Circular Head. They employ 20 full-time and 4 casual staff. The company produce different size and quality oysters depending on customer requirements, the largest of which are exported to the Sydney and Melbourne fish markets, as well as Western Australia, the ACT and Queensland.

Bolduans Bay Oysters also sell juvenile oysters to other farmers in Tasmania for further growing.

Shellfish farmers from throughout Tasmania, including Bolduans Bay Oysters, collectively own a marketing company which sells mussels and mature oysters for Tasmanian shellfish growers.

Bolduans Bay Oysters also develops a lot of its own machinery for handling oysters. With the help of an AusIndustry grant, the company is working on a project to develop a new grading system, with the specific aim of reducing mortality rates in its oysters.

Bolduans Bay Oysters has also developed its own stock management program that has been sold to oyster growers in Tasmania, South Australia and New Zealand.

Bolduans Bay Oysters
West Esplanade

Telephone: (03) 6452 2262

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Tasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd

Greenlip and Blacklip Abalone - Photo: Dean LissonTasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd is Australia's largest exporter of abalone. The company employs approximately 50 staff in Circular Head and a further 50 across Tasmania.

Tasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd also has a factory in Victoria and an office in Darwin in the Northern Territory, from where it operates 13 boats.

Products include canned, fresh and dried abalone and sea cucumber along with prawns, whiting and scallops.

International markets include Great Britain, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

Tasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd
The Esplanade

Telephone: (03) 6452 1275

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Saputo Dairy Australia

Tasmanian Dairy Products

The $80 million milk processing facility at Smithton manufactures dairy food ingredients, including milk powders and milk fat products.

Dry milk powder (both full cream milk powder and skim milk powder) is being produced at Smithton for export to Asia and the Middle East.  About 90 per cent of milk powder produced will be exported to international customers.

The company employs about 40 people.  This number is expected to grow as production increases.

Saputo has signed up more than 60 farms located on the north west coast to supply milk.

The plant capacity is between 250 million and 300 million litres of milk per year (about 40,000 tonnes of product).

Saputo Dairy Australia
Corner Brittons Road and Bass Highway

Telephone: (03) 6452 1331

Woolnorth Wind Farm

Circular Head is home to one of Australia's largest wind farms, the 140 MW Woolnorth Wind Farm at Cape Grim at the far north-west tip of Tasmania.

Woolnorth wind farm has 37 x 1.75 MW wind towers (Woolnorth Bluff Point) and 25 x 3MW wind towers (Woolnorth Studland Bay) which produce approximately twelve per cent of Tasmania's total residential energy needs.

Circular Head is in the path of the "Roaring 40s", strong prevailing westerly winds occurring in the latitudes between 400 and 500 south.

Australia's wind energy industry continues to expand. In 2007 there were 42 wind farms across the nation, with a capacity of more than 800MW, generating around 2,500 gigawatt hours of electricity annually. By 2009, 47 wind farms were in operation with an operating capacity greater than 1,400MW, generating more than 4,000 gigawatt hours of electricity annually. South Australia has the largest installed capacity around 50 per cent of the nation's total capacity.

Apart from Woolnorth, other large wind farms in Australia include Waubra in Victoria at 192 MW (128 x 1.5MW turbines sited on approximately 36 private properties) and Lake Bonney Stage 2 in South Australia at 159 MW.

Globally, the top four wind energy nations for 2008 were:

  • United States - 25,170 MW
  • Germany - 23,903 MW
  • Spain - 16,754 MW
  • China - 12,210 MW

The Woolnorth wind farm and 22,200ha property can be visited on a guided tour. For information visit:

Woolnorth Wind Farm