Longreach Region

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Longreach Region
Queensland
Longreach LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population 4,344 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.106944/km2 (0.27698/sq mi)
Established 2008
Area 40,619.5 km2 (15,683.3 sq mi)
Mayor John Palmer
Council seat Longreach
Region Central West Queensland
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Website Longreach Region
LGAs around Longreach Region:
Winton Flinders Barcaldine
Winton Longreach Region Barcaldine
Barcoo Quilpie Blackall-Tambo

The Longreach Region is a local government area in Central West Queensland, Australia. Established in 2008, it superseded three previous local government areas that had existed for more than a century.

It has an estimated operating budget of A$22.3m.

Traditionally, pastoral activities, tourism, and rural education have been the areas of focus within the region, with a major agricultural college and attractions such as the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Outback Museum.

History[edit]

The Longreach Region began as three separate entities: the Shires of Longreach, Ilfracombe, and Isisford.

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report recommending that the three areas amalgamate. Ilfracombe was rated by a Treasury sustainability review as very weak with a negative outlook, while the other two were rated as moderate. All three councils opposed the amalgamation.[2] The legislation passed to effect the merger on 10 August 2007. A Local Transition Committee made up of staff and councillors of the three dissolving entities was formed to manage the process. On 15 March 2008, the three Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.

Wards[edit]

The Region has six divisions, each represented by one councillor, with a directly elected mayor serving the whole region.

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
(Total)
(Longreach) (Ilfracombe) (Isisford)
1933 6,079 4,564 642 873
1947 5,244 4,137 450 657
1954 5,694 4,343 544 807
1961 6,533 5,013 653 867
1966 6,366 4,959 660 747
1971 5,142 4,300 389 453
1976 4,911 4,052 428 431
1981 4,911 3,846 460 605
1986 4,663 3,871 327 465
1991 5,153 4,369 344 440
1996 5,054 4,419 333 302
2001 5,037 4,368 356 313
2006 4,806 4,180 279 347

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (PDF) 2. pp. 194–198. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 5 June 2010.