Launceston's iconic Town Clock was as much as six minutes slow yesterday due to ongoing mechanical issues.
Mayor Albert Van Zetten confirmed yesterday that the clock has been losing time recently. The City of Launceston is still working to determine the cause.
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"When staff arrived [Monday] morning, it was noted that the clock was behind by some six minutes. It was updated around 9.15am but by 3pm it had again lost several minutes over the course of the day," he said.
The clock mechanism was manufactured by Gillet and Johnston in 1909 and is regularly assessed by a horologist.
"Given the complexities of this 112-year-old mechanism, it is not uncommon for it to lose or gain time over an extended period," May Van Zetten added.
The council is now in contact with the company associated with the clock to ascertain the issue and flagged that the mechanism may need to be stopped while maintenance is undertaken.
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