Location within Queensland
|• Density||15.03093/km2 (38.9299/sq mi)|
|Area||6,449.1 km2 (2,490.0 sq mi)|
The Bundaberg Region is a local government area in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, about 360 kilometres (220 mi) north of Brisbane, the state capital. It is centred on the city of Bundaberg, and also contains a significant rural area surrounding the city. It was created in 2008 from a merger of the City of Bundaberg with the Shires of Burnett, Isis and Kolan.
The Bundaberg Regional Council, which administers the Region, has an estimated operating budget of A$89 million.
Local government in the Bundaberg area began on 11 November 1879 with the creation of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. These included the Barolin, Burrum and Kolan divisions.
The first eight years saw several areas break away and become self-governing due to increases in local population. The first was Bundaberg itself, which with an area of 4.1 square kilometres (1.6 sq mi) and a population of 1,192, split from Barolin on 22 April 1881 to form the Municipality of Bundaberg under the Local Government Act 1878. Areas to the south (Woongarra) and north (Gooburrum) of the Burnett River split from Kolan on 31 December 1885, and Barolin on 30 January 1886 respectively, while on 1 January 1887, the Isis Division further to the south split away from Burrum. Thus by 1887, the Municipality of Bundaberg and the Barolin, Gooburrum, Isis, Kolan and Woongarra Divisions covered the entire territory of what is now the Bundaberg Region.
On 31 March 1903, after the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, the Municipality became a Town while the Divisions became Shires. On 22 November 1913, Bundaberg was proclaimed a City.
On 21 December 1917, the Shire of Barolin was abolished and its area split between the City of Bundaberg and the Shire of Woongarra. Bundaberg grew to 45.2 square kilometres (17.5 sq mi) and was united with what was then its entire suburban extent.
On 21 November 1991, the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission, created two years earlier, produced its second report, and recommended that local government boundaries in the Bundaberg area be rationalised. The Local Government (Bundaberg and Burnett) Regulation 1993 was gazetted on 17 December 1993, and on 30 March 1994, the Shires of Gooburrum and Woongarra were abolished, with most transferred into a new Shire of Burnett. A portion of Woongarra was transferred to the City, more than doubling its area and increasing its population by 8,200 in 1991 census terms.
On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the City of Bundaberg merged with the Shires of Burnett, Isis and Kolan to form the Bundaberg Region.
Wards and councillors
Although the Commission recommended the council be undivided with ten councillors and a mayor, the gazetted form was that of 10 divisions each electing a single councillor, plus a mayor representing the whole region.
Those elected on 15 March 2008 were as follows:
- Mayor: Lorraine Pyefinch
- Division 1 Councillor: Alan Bush
- Division 2 Councillor: Tony Ricciardi
- Division 3 Councillor: Wayne Honor
- Division 4 Councillor: Mary Wilkinson
- Division 5 Councillor: Greg Barnes
- Division 6 Councillor: Danny Rowleson
- Division 7 Councillor: Ross Sommerfeld
- Division 8 Councillor: David Batt
- Division 9 Councillor: Judy Peters
- Division 10 Councillor: Lynne Forgan
Towns and localities
The populations given relate to the component entities prior to 2008. The next census, due in 2011, will be the first for the new Region.
* The population of the 1996 area of Bundaberg in 1991 was 41,219.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- "Agency ID317, Barolin Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- "Agency ID547, Burrum Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Queensland Government Gazette, various issues. Accessed at Battye Library, Perth.
- Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. CL, 22 November 1913, p.1422.
- Queensland Archives. "Agency Details - Barolin Shire Council". Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2. pp. 51–56. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Bundaberg Regional Council. "Councillors". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- Queensland Government (30 May 2007). "Bundaberg, Bargara and Burnett Heads Defined Urban Area". Retrieved 15 June 2011.