Monto, Queensland

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Monto
Queensland
Monto Qld01.jpg
View looking across from the Albert Hotel in Monto's main street, across to the Monto Concert Hall and Shire Council building
Monto is located in Queensland
Monto
Monto
Coordinates 24°52′0″S 151°07′0″E / 24.86667°S 151.11667°E / -24.86667; 151.11667Coordinates: 24°52′0″S 151°07′0″E / 24.86667°S 151.11667°E / -24.86667; 151.11667
Population 1,489 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1924
Postcode(s) 4630
Elevation 248.7 m (816 ft)
Location
LGA(s) North Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Division of Flynn
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
27.3 °C
81 °F
12.8 °C
55 °F
732.6 mm
28.8 in

Monto /ˈmɒnt/[2] 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.[1]

History[edit]

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 in which year the post office opened.[3] 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.

Facilities[edit]

Memorial to Monto's most famous son, jockey Kenny Russell.

Monto has a public library, a cultural and historical complex with a museum reserve, sporting facilities, swimming pool, bowling and golf club

Heritage listings[edit]

Monto has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Tourism[edit]

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.

Mining[edit]

In 2006, Monto Minerals floated on the Alternative Investment Market in London, raising approximately A$41 million before expenses.[5] 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.[6]

Coal mining company Macarthur Coal also owns large amounts of land in the Mulgildie area.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Monto
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 46.2
(115.2)
43.5
(110.3)
40.2
(104.4)
36.4
(97.5)
32.8
(91)
30.6
(87.1)
29.9
(85.8)
35.6
(96.1)
38.0
(100.4)
39.6
(103.3)
42.3
(108.1)
44.4
(111.9)
46.2
(115.2)
Average high °C (°F) 32.0
(89.6)
31.2
(88.2)
29.8
(85.6)
27.7
(81.9)
24.1
(75.4)
21.1
(70)
20.8
(69.4)
23.0
(73.4)
26.3
(79.3)
29.0
(84.2)
30.8
(87.4)
32.0
(89.6)
27.3
(81.1)
Average low °C (°F) 19.3
(66.7)
19.0
(66.2)
17.2
(63)
13.7
(56.7)
10.0
(50)
6.8
(44.2)
5.3
(41.5)
6.5
(43.7)
9.6
(49.3)
13.3
(55.9)
16.2
(61.2)
18.3
(64.9)
12.9
(55.2)
Record low °C (°F) 12.5
(54.5)
12.8
(55)
8.2
(46.8)
2.7
(36.9)
−1.8
(28.8)
−3.9
(25)
−4.8
(23.4)
−2.6
(27.3)
0.3
(32.5)
2.1
(35.8)
5.4
(41.7)
7.2
(45)
−4.8
(23.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 112.4
(4.425)
112.6
(4.433)
78.2
(3.079)
44.5
(1.752)
44.4
(1.748)
37.8
(1.488)
35.6
(1.402)
24.8
(0.976)
24.4
(0.961)
55.3
(2.177)
74.9
(2.949)
93.8
(3.693)
739.0
(29.094)
Avg. precipitation days 10.0 9.7 8.9 6.2 6.3 5.2 5.3 4.2 3.9 6.4 7.5 9.1 82.7
 % humidity 49 50 50 47 50 48 45 40 37 38 41 44 45
Source: [7]

Notable persons from Monto[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Monto (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ventnor State School (entry 15502)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  5. ^ Monto Minerals announcement 25 May 2006, FIRST DAY OF DEALINGS ON AIM £16.7 MILLION RAISED BY PLACING. Available online
  6. ^ Monto Minerals Announcement 22 August 2006, Countdown to Production... Monto Minerals Commences Industrial Minerals Project Construction. Available online
  7. ^ "Climate statistics for Monto". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Kenny Russell

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