North Burnett Region
|North Burnett Region
Location in Queensland
|• Density||0.59900/km2 (1.55139/sq mi)|
|Area||19,708 km2 (7,609.3 sq mi)|
|Federal Division(s)||Flynn, Hinkler|
|Website||North Burnett Region|
The North Burnett Region is a local government area in Queensland, Australia in the northern catchment of the Burnett River. Established in 2008, it was preceded by several previous local government areas with histories extending back to the early 1900s.
It has an estimated operating budget of A$32m.
Prior to the North Burnett Region's creation in 2008, its area was previously divided into six separate local government areas:
- Shire of Biggenden;
- Shire of Eidsvold;
- Shire of Gayndah;
- Shire of Monto;
- Shire of Mundubbera; and
- Shire of Perry.
The first local government in the North Burnett area was the Gayndah Municipality, which was created on 28 November 1866 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1864. On 11 November 1879, the Rawbelle and Perry Divisions were created to serve regional areas under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. A third division, Eidsvold, was proclaimed on 25 January 1890.
On 31 March 1903, following the enactment of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Gayndah became a town while the three divisions became shires. On 3 June 1905, the Shire of Degilbo, centred on Biggenden, was established from part of the Shire of Burrum. On 19 May 1915, the Shire of Auburn (later renamed Mundubbera) was separately incorporated. On 17 March 1923, the Shire of Rawbelle was renamed Gayndah and on 24 May 1924, it absorbed the Town. On 3 March 1932, the Shire of Monto came into being and Eidsvold was reincorporated. Finally, on 12 July 1941, Degilbo was renamed Biggenden.
In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the six areas amalgamate, asserting that there were "inefficiencies with having six local governments to manage the economic and community interests of a relatively small geographic region which has a static population of just over 10,000". It believed amalgamation would offer potential for both strategic planning and improving the quality of governance and decision-making, as well as allowing one of the towns to emerge as a regional centre for the area. Queensland Treasury had rated all of the councils for financial sustainability, with all except Perry and Biggenden attracting a weak rating. Each of the councils apart from Gayndah opposed the Commission's model, with several suggesting either amalgamation with one or two other shires, or with local governments outside the region (in particular the Shire of Kolan and Gladstone/Calliope). In the end, its proposal was unchanged. On 15 March 2008, the Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.
Wards and councillors
The Region is divided into six divisions, each electing one councillor, with a mayor elected by the entire Region. Joy Jensen, the mayor for the Shire of Perry, was elected at the March 2008 local government elections, as were the following councillors:
- Division 1: Paul Lobegeier
- Division 2: Paul Francis
- Division 3: Faye Whelan
- Division 4: Peter Huth
- Division 5: Peter Baker
- Division 6: Kevin (Lofty) Wendt
Towns and localities
- Ban Ban Springs
- Coalstoun Lakes
- Mount Perry
- Wuruma Dam
On 5 May 2014, the North Burnett Regional Council published their first Local Heritage Register, containing 64 sites out of a proposed 71.
- Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (Queensland Department of Local Government, Sport, and Recreation Download Page) Retrieved 17 April 2008
- Interactive Map of North Burnett Region (from Electoral Commisiion Queensland website) Retrieved 17 April 2008
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2. pp. 228–233. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- North Burnett Region Councillor Election results Retrieved 17 April 2008
- "Local Heritage Register". North Burnett Regional Council. Retrieved 29 May 2014.