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Georgetown hopes raised

TEMCO workers at Bell Bay can breathe easy for at least the next five months as operator South32 pushes out it's next update on the manganese smelter's future to next year.   

300 jobs are involved and its possible closure could effectively poleaxe the local Georgetown economy.

The Launceston Chamber of Commerce's Neil Grose is buoyed by news that potential buyers are circling.

"They're considering all options and one of those options is a potential for a sale, now for TEMCO that would be the best of all options, that's a far better option than closure or care and maintenance."

Treasurer Peter Gutwein's hopeful.

"It's certainly good news in that they continue to go through the process and the option of TEMCO continuing remains alive."

Photo is of a generic smelter and is not an image of the Bell Bay operation.