Shire of Burdekin

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Shire of Burdekin
Queensland
Burdekin LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population 18,531 (2010)[1]
 • Density 3.66769/km2 (9.4993/sq mi)
Established 1888
Area 5,052.5 km2 (1,950.8 sq mi)
Mayor Bill Lowis
Council seat Ayr
Region North Queensland
Federal Division(s) Dawson, Kennedy
Website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Burdekin:
City of Townsville Coral Sea Coral Sea
City of Townsville Shire of Burdekin Coral Sea
Charters Towers Charters Towers Whitsunday

The Shire of Burdekin is a local government area located in North Queensland, Australia in the Dry Tropics region. The district is located between Townsville and Bowen in the delta of the Burdekin River.

It covers an area of 5,052.5 square kilometres (1,950.8 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1888.

History[edit]

Map of Ayr Division and its adjacent local government areas, March 1902

On 16 January 1888, the Ayr Division was created out of Subdivision 3 of the Thuringowa Division in 1888 under the Divisional Boards Act 1887.[2]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Ayr Division became the Shire of Ayr on 31 March 1903.[3]

On 12 June 1982, the Shire of Ayr was renamed the Shire of Burdekin.[3]

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 12,073
1947 12,462
1954 15,208
1961 16,758
1966 18,693
1971 17,443
1976 18,421
1981 18,477
1986 18,337
1991 18,148
1996 18,870
2001 18,234
2006 17,297

Chairmen[edit]

  • 1896: James Henry Rae [4]
  • 1927: Herbert Barsby [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Ayr Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 21 January 1888. p. 43:170. 
  3. ^ a b "Agency ID6068, Burdekin Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  5. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

Coordinates: 19°34′32.97″S 147°24′18.21″E / 19.5758250°S 147.4050583°E / -19.5758250; 147.4050583