Moreton Bay Region

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Moreton Bay Region
Queensland
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Moreton Bay in south-eastern Queensland
Population 399,406 (2012)[1]
 • Density 196.08/km2 (507.83/sq mi)
Established 2008
Area 2,037 km2 (786.5 sq mi)
Mayor Allan Sutherland[2]
Council seat Strathpine, Caboolture, Redcliffe
Region South East Queensland
Federal Division(s) Petrie, Dickson, Longman
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Website www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Moreton Bay Region:
Somerset Sunshine Coast
Somerset Moreton Bay Region Moreton Bay
Somerset Brisbane

The Moreton Bay Region is a local government area in South East Queensland, Australia, in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, the state capital. Established in 2008, it replaced three established local government areas, the City of Redcliffe and the Shires of Pine Rivers and Caboolture.

With an estimated operating expense of A$391 million and a population of over 389,684, Moreton Bay is the third largest local government area in Australia behind the City of Brisbane and Gold Coast City, both of which are also amalgamated entities.

History[edit]

Moreton Bay was, at the time the Divisional Boards Act 1879 came into force on 11 November 1879, entirely contained within the Caboolture Division, which covered not only Moreton Bay but also much of the Sunshine Coast. By 1890, Caboolture Division had shrunk considerably with the separate incorporation of the Pine Division (21 January 1888), Redcliffe Division (5 April 1888) and Maroochy Division (5 July 1890).

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Caboolture, Pine and Redcliffe (as well as Maroochy) became Shires on 31 March 1903. Redcliffe was proclaimed a Town on 28 May 1921 and a City on 13 June 1959. A few weeks earlier, on 23 May 1959, Pine was renamed the Shire of Pine Rivers.

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the three areas amalgamate.[3] It argued that the area was part of the South East Queensland Regional Plan's Urban Footprint, and would attract 11% of the region's population and housing growth to 2006. A very strong community of interest was identified through the region's links and dependencies to Brisbane. The councils disagreed with the Commission's plans although, with the exception of Redcliffe, did not oppose alternative amalgamation options. On 15 March 2008, the City and Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council. In 2012, following the election of the LNP state government, Redcliffe sought to enter a de-amalgamation process; however, a deadline to gather signatures on a petition by 29 August 2012 was missed. The Hills District sought in 2011 to transfer to Brisbane City Council, but the local government Change Commissioner declined the proposal on cost grounds.

Wards and councillors[edit]

Moreton Bay Region is divided into 12 divisions, each of which elects one councillor to the Regional Council. Additionally, the entire Region elects a mayor. Allan Sutherland was elected as the Region's first mayor at the 2008 elections. The councillors elected were:

  • Division 1 - Gary Parsons
  • Division 2 - Chris Whiting
  • Division 3 - Greg Chippendale (Deputy Mayor)
  • Division 4 - Julie Greer
  • Division 5 - James Houghton
  • Division 6 - Rae Frawley
  • Division 7 - David Dwyer
  • Division 8 - Mick Gillam
  • Division 9 - Mike Charlton
  • Division 10 - Brian Battersby
  • Division 11 - Bob Millar
  • Division 12 - Adrian Raedel

The most recent Local Government elections were held in March 2012. The following lists the current Councillors:

  • Mayor - Allan Sutherland
  • Division 1 - Gary Parsons
  • Division 2 - Peter Flannery
  • Division 3 - Greg Chippendale
  • Division 4 - Julie Greer
  • Division 5 - James Houghton
  • Division 6 - Koliana Winchester
  • Division 7 - David Dwyer
  • Division 8 - Mick Gillam
  • Division 9 - Mike Charlton (Deputy Mayor)
  • Division 10 - Brian Battersby
  • Division 11 - Bob Millar
  • Division 12 - Adrian Raedel

Unitywater[edit]

On July 1, 2010, Moreton Bay Regional Council's Water Services (along with Sunshine Coast Regional Council), moved over to the recently created water body, Unitywater. Unitywater was created by the Queensland Government as part of the State's takeover of South East Queensland's water facilities, dams and water supply networks. Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Noosa Shire Council are joint owners of Unitywater.

Suburbs[edit]

Suburbs and localities which encompass the Moreton Bay Regional Council include:

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)
(Caboolture) (Pine Rivers) (Redcliffe)
1933 11,928 5,316 4,604 2,008
1947 19,402 5,716 4,815 8,871
1954 27,267 7,101 6,309 13,857
1961 39,312 8,877 8,761 21,674
1966 50,785 10,149 13,309 27,327
1971 72,955 12,207 26,187 34,561
1976 103,669 19,404 45,192 39,073
1981 133,056 32,644 58,189 42,223
1986 166,210 47,494 73,783 44,933
1991 205,743 70,052 87,892 47,799
1996 250,077 98,859 103,192 48,026
2001 280,765 112,458 119,236 49,071
2005 325,067 123,129 137,018 64,921
2007 344,878 130,633 145,368 68,877
2009 371,155 140,586 156,444 74,125
2011 389,684 147,604 164,254 77,826

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABS website: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010-11 (cat. no. 3218.0) http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3218.02010-11?OpenDocument
  2. ^ Election summary (ECQ)
  3. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2. pp. 234–239. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 

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Coordinates: 27°17′36″S 152°55′48″E / 27.29333°S 152.93000°E / -27.29333; 152.93000