City of Townsville
|City of Townsville
Location within Queensland
|Area||3,733 km² (1,441.3 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Townsville City|
The City of Townsville is an Australian local government area (lga) located in North Queensland, Australia. It encompasses the city of Townsville, together with the surrounding rural areas, to the south are the communities of Alligator Creek, Woodstock and Reid River, and to the north are Northern Beaches and Paluma, and also included is Magnetic Island. It currently has a population of 175,542 residents, and is the 18th largest LGA in Australia.
The City of Townsville was first established as a municipality under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864 on 15 February 1866. The surrounding rural area, which was given the name Thuringowa, was established on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. On 31 March 1903, Thuringowa became a shire and Townsville was granted city status under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the ancestor of the current Local Government Act 1993.
The borders of the Townsville municipality were expanded to keep pace with urban growth in 1882, 1918, 1936, 1958 and 1964 — the purpose of expanding the borders was to keep urban and rural administrations separate. This state government convention changed under the Bjelke-Peterson government and the borders between the two local governments became static. By 1986 the Shire of Thuringowa had grown to a population of 27 000 and was declared a city.
In 1939, Fred Paterson stood successfully as an alderman for the Townsville City Council, becoming the first member of the Communist Party to win such an office in Australia. He was then re-elected in 1943. The same year, he stood for the federal seat of Herbert, but was narrowly defeated. He then contested and won the Bowen seat in the Queensland Parliament, holding it from 1944 until 1950.
A succession of endorsed Australian Labor Party mayors and majority councillors held a continuous civic government from 1976–2008, this was the longest continuous Labor administration in the country until Tony Mooney was defeated in 2008.
Following local government reform undertaken by the State Government of Queensland, the City of Townsville and the City of Thuringowa were amalgamated in 2008. The process of amalgamation was completed on the election of a new combined council on 15 March 2008.
Townsville City Council 
Townsville City Council is the Local Government Authority that services the Local Government Area of Townsville. The council is represented by 10 councillors and the Mayor, who have been elected by the whole city. The current mayor is Cr Jenny Hill, who was formerly the deputy mayor of the pre-amalgamation City of Townsville in 2007 and early-2008. The former Mayor of Townsville was Les Tyrell who had held the position since 2008, before that he was mayor of the City of Thuringowa.
The council provides many services to residents of the city of Townsville, including infrastructure, water, garbage, public works, and entertainment and leisure i.e. parks, theatres, events etc.
In 2006 the council had an operating expenditure of $201.3M and a capital works budget of $103.3M
Civic Cabinet 
The current Civic Cabinet consists of one mayor, elected at large, and 10 councillors, elected from 10 individual divisions. At the last Queensland Local Government election, held on 28 April 2012, Jenny Hill from the centre-left Team Jenny Hill was elected Mayor of Townsville, along with 2 other councillors from the same team. 7 councillors were elected from the rival centre-right Townsville First team, as well as 1 Independent, effectively creating a hung council. Vern Veitch, from Townsville First, was elected as Deputy Mayor by a vote of the Civic Cabinet.
|Mayor of Townsville||Jenny Hill||Team Jenny Hill|
|Division 1 Councillor||Sue Blom||Townsville First|
|Division 2 Councillor||Tony Parsons||Townsville First|
|Division 3 Councillor||Vern Veitch (Deputy Mayor)||Townsville First|
|Division 4 Councillor||Jenny Lane||Townsville First|
|Division 5 Councillor||Patrick Ernst||Independent|
|Division 6 Councillor||Trevor Roberts||Townsville First|
|Division 7 Councillor||Gary Eddinghausen||Townsville First|
|Division 8 Councillor||Ray Gartrell||Townsville First|
|Division 9 Councillor||Colleen Doyle||Team Jenny Hill|
|Division 10 Councillor||Les Walker||Team Jenny Hill|
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 City.
Sister cities 
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea since 1983
- Shunan, Japan since 1990
- Iwaki City, Japan since August, 1991
- Changshu, People's Republic of China since 1995
- Suwon, South Korea since 1996
- Foshan, People's Republic of China since 2006
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- "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08: Population Estimates by Statistical District, 2001 to 2008". Australian Bureau of Statistics.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (23 April 2009). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007–08". Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- Townsville City Council Submission to the Local Government Reform Commission (Submission). Townsville: Townsville City Council. May 2007. p. 2. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
- A Message from the Chairman, Cr Tony Mooney
- http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au Townsville City Council web site - Budget 2006/07
- "Townsville City Council - Townsville's Sister Cities". Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2007-06-12.