Cassowary Coast Region

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Cassowary Coast Region
Queensland
Cassowary coast LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 31,291 (2010)[1]
 • Density 6.65582/km2 (17.2385/sq mi)
Established 2008
Area 4,701.3 km2 (1,815.2 sq mi)
Mayor Bill Shannon
Council seat Innisfail
Region Far North Queensland
State electorate(s) Mulgrave, Hinchinbrook
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Website www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Cassowary Coast Region:
Tablelands Cairns
Tablelands Cassowary Coast Region Coral Sea
Charters Towers Hinchinbrook
On the Liverpool Creek near Japoonvale (between Tully and Innisfail)

The Cassowary Coast Region is a local government area in the Far North Queensland region of Queensland, Australia, south of Cairns and centred on the towns of Innisfail, Cardwell and Tully. It was created in 2008 from a merger of the Shire of Cardwell and the Shire of Johnstone.

The Regional Council, which administers the Region, has an estimated operating budget of A$64 million.

History[edit]

The Hinchinbrook Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. On 28 October 1881, the Johnstone Division split away from it. On 18 January 1884, the Cardwell Division also split away.[2] With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, both Cardwell and Johnstone became shires on 31 March 1903.

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that Cardwell and Johnstone amalgamate. Cardwell was in particular opposed because Johnstone was rated as "financially distressed" and its council had just been sacked by the State Government.[3] On 15 March 2008, the two Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect six councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.

Wards and councillors[edit]

Although the Commission recommended the council be undivided with six councillors and a mayor, the gazetted form was that of six divisions each electing a single councillor, plus a mayor.

Those elected on 28 April 2012 were as follows:[4]

  • Mayor: Bill Shannon
  • Division 1 councillor: Glenn Raleigh
  • Division 2 councillor: Bryce Macdonald
  • Division 3 councillor: Alister Pike
  • Division 4 councillor: Mark Nolan
  • Division 5 councillor: Ian Rule
  • Division 6 councillor: Kylie Farinelli

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

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.

Year Population
(Region total)
Population
(Johnstone)
Population
(Cardwell)
1933 17,193 12,777 4,416
1947 16,611 12,265 4,346
1954 20,025 14,980 5,045
1961 20,967 15,784 5,183
1966 22,169 16,529 5,640
1971 21,614 15,878 5,736
1976 23,254 16,776 6,478
1981 25,291 17,438 7,853
1986 26,123 17,457 8,666
1991 29,066 19,184 9,882
1996 30,604 20,474 10,130
2001 30,145 19,511 10,634
2006 29,501 18,917 10,584

Heritage places[edit]

As part of preparing the Cassowary Coast Planning Scheme 2014, the council consulted with the region's heritage groups to compile a list of local heritage places.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Queensland Archives. "Agency Details – Cardwell Divisional Board". Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2. pp. 75–79. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Cassowary Coast Regional Council. "Councillors". Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Draft Cassowary Coast Planning Scheme 2014". Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 18°05′40.79″S 145°51′05.18″E / 18.0946639°S 145.8514389°E / -18.0946639; 145.8514389