View looking across from the Albert Hotel in Monto's main street, across to the Monto Concert Hall and Shire Council building
|Elevation||248.7 m (816 ft)|
|LGA(s)||North Burnett Region|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Flynn|
Monto // is a town in Queensland, Australia, located on the Burnett Highway 500 kilometres (310 mi) north-west of Brisbane and 235 kilometres (146 mi) south of Rockhampton. The town was the administrative centre of Monto Shire. At the 2006 census, Monto had a population of 1,159.
Europeans settled in the area in the late 1840s, maintaining large pastoral holdings at the northern end of the Burnett Valley. Gold unearthed along Three Moon Creek — a tributary of the Burnett River — in the 1870s attracted further settlers. The original site of the diggings, 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of present-day Monto, has since been flooded by construction of Cania Dam. The township of Monto was not formally established until 1924. With dwindling gold reserves, Monto turned its economy towards farming and logging, two of the region's major industries today. Deposits of thermal coal and limestone have been discovered in the shire.
Monto has a public library, a cultural and historical complex with a museum reserve, sporting facilities, swimming pool, bowling and golf club
Monto has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
Tourism is also a major industry in the region. Besides being a major highway town, the chief local attraction is Cania Gorge National Park, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of town.
In 2006, Monto Minerals floated on the Alternative Investment Market in London, raising approximately A$41 million before expenses. It has since announced its plans to begin commercial production of Feldspar, Ilmenite, Apatite and Titanomagnetite from its site at the Goondicum crater, just outside the eastern border of Monto Shire by the second quarter of 2007.
Notable persons from Monto
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Monto (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
- Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
- "Ventnor State School (entry 15502)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
- Monto Minerals announcement 25 May 2006, FIRST DAY OF DEALINGS ON AIM £16.7 MILLION RAISED BY PLACING. Available online
- Monto Minerals Announcement 22 August 2006, Countdown to Production... Monto Minerals Commences Industrial Minerals Project Construction. Available online
- Kenny Russell
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Monto
- Monto Shire Council
- Monto: The Age newspaper write-up (includes historical information)
- Monto Online