Circular Head’s loyalty is unequivocal.
The Smithton Club, Bridge Hotel and Tall Timbers are raising a glass to locals this week.
When an application for a new off-licence outlet in Smithton was lodged with the Commissioner for Licensing at the start of the year, the town’s support for existing businesses began to emerge.
Over two weeks, 485 letters of objection were received by the Commissioner for Licensing. There were no submissions lodged in support of the proposal.
The attention to the matter meant the proposal was referred to the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission for further consideration. Here is where Circular Head’s support shone through.
Tall Timbers general manager John Dabner says while the existing outlets could not object on the grounds of profitability, he is certain 50 to 65 per cent of the business would have been impacted.
Last year, Tallies contributed $45,000 in sponsoring community groups and sporting clubs. The business continues to contribute $1.7 million to the local economy in wages every year along with $1.9 million in goods and services.
The Smithton Club and Bridge Hotel are in the same boat, sponsoring various sporting clubs, events and educational scholarships.
Established in 1922, Smithton Club boasts of membership of more than 750 and employs 22 locals.
Meanwhile, Bridge Hotel manager Kelli Revell says that between three and five jobs would be lost should the proposal have gone ahead.
“It’s typical of our community that when we come up against a problem, we stick together to sort it out,” says Dean Archer, president of The Smithton Club board.
As member of The Smithton Club for more than 30 years and a committee member of 10 years, Dean says it is this community spirit that established The Club almost a century ago.
“That’s why we all continue to support our community, because they’re supporting us.”
The Smithton Club manager Aaron Mallinson, Tall Timbers general manager John Dabner, president of the board of The Smithton Club Dean Archer and Bridge Hotel manager Kelli Revell (not pictured), are saying thanks to Circular Head for the support felt in recent months. Picture: Ashleigh Force.