- Somerset, Tasmania
Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Somerset
state = tas
postcode = 7322
pop = 3,078
stategov = Braddon
fedgov = Braddon
dist1 = 309
dir1 = NW
dist2 = 154
dir2 = NW
dist3 = 55
dir3 = NW
dist4 = 8
dir4 = W
Somerset is a small township to the west of Burnie,
Tasmania, Australia. Today the city of Burnie encompasses the entire Burnie-Somerset urban area; however, the town is part of the Waratah/Wynyardmunicipal area.
Somerset is located on the estuary of the Cam River mid-way between the township of Wynyard and the city of
Burnie. The Cam River is the borderline of where the Waratah-Wynyard Councilmeets the City of Burnie. A beach stretches along the full length of the Somerset coastline from the Cam River to the far western outskirts.
The average temperature in summer ranges from 12.5 to 21 °C with drier days as warm as 30 °C, with around 16 hours of sunlight per day. In winter, temperature ranges from 6 to 13 °C, and only 8 hours of sunlight.
At the 2006 census, Somerset had a population of 3,078.Census 2006 AUS|id=SSC64071|name=Somerset (State Suburb)|accessdate=2007-11-14|quick=on]
There are a number of small businesses in Somerset with almost all along the main street.
Notable industries in Somerset include: Gunns Veneers, which is one of only three production facilities in Australasia. Gunns Veneers is Australasia’s largest producer of sliced veneers and the world’s largest producer of Eucalypt veneers. The Burnie branch of William Adams. William Adams is a CAT Rental Dealer as well as a servicing department. They specialize in the repairing, maintenance and modifications of heavy machinery used for mining, forestry and agriculture.
The Advocate is the local newspaper for the region, with its press and mailroom located in Burnie.
Somerset has access to the ABC, SBS, WIN and Southern Cross television stations. The fifth channel, Tasmanian Digital Television, has recently started transmitting from the tower at Round Hill, East of Burnie. However many residents still cannot access this channel.
Somerset is home to four sporting venues: a football field, soccer field, tennis courts and a recreation center.
Somerset does not have a public high school or collage, with all student having to continue schooling in either Wynyard or Burnie.
There are two primary schools located in Somerset, these being Somerset Primary and West Somerset Primary. There is one private school in Somerset, Seabrook Christian School, located on the outskirts of the town. The school follows the
Accelerated Christian Educationcurriculum and allocates for students from kinder to grade 12.
Somerset is connected to the surrounding areas by the
Bass Highwaywhich runs through the town following the coast. Somerset is also connected to the West Coast by the Murchison Highwaywhich begins beside the Cam River.
The only public transport in the area is
Metro Tasmaniawhich offers bus services from Wynyard to Ulverstone.
Burnie Airportis located in the township of Wynyard, a 15 minute drive away.
* [http://www.warwyn.tas.gov.au Waratah-Wynyard Council]
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