North Burnett Region

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North Burnett Region
Queensland
North burnett LGA Qld 2008.png
Location in Queensland
Population 11,805 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.59900/km2 (1.55139/sq mi)
Established 2008
Area 19,708 km2 (7,609.3 sq mi)
Mayor Joy Jensen
Council seat Gayndah
Region Wide Bay-Burnett
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn, Hinkler
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Website North Burnett Region
LGAs around North Burnett Region:
Banana Gladstone Gladstone
Banana North Burnett Region Bundaberg
Western Downs South Burnett Gympie, Fraser Coast

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.

History[edit]

Prior to the North Burnett Region's creation in 2008, its area was previously divided into six separate local government areas:

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.[2] 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[edit]

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:[3]

  • 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[edit]

Heritage[edit]

On 5 May 2014, the North Burnett Regional Council published their first Local Heritage Register, containing 64 sites out of a proposed 71.[4]

Population[edit]

Year Total Region Biggenden Eidsvold Gayndah Monto Mundubbera Perry
1933 14,322 2,476 1,475 3,760 3,514 2,302 795
1947 13,861 2,179 1,313 3,407 4,270 2,064 628
1954 13,917 1,974 1,311 3,352 4,458 2,326 496
1961 13,993 1,882 1,242 3,400 4,397 2,617 455
1966 13,715 1,722 1,702 3,182 4,155 2,580 374
1971 12,230 1,639 1,222 3,107 3,495 2,391 376
1976 11,504 1,532 1,231 2,814 3,228 2,395 304
1981 11,565 1,411 1,256 2,859 3,249 2,481 309
1986 11,583 1,553 1,212 2,887 3,266 2,355 310
1991 11,230 1,574 1,028 2,856 3,058 2,340 374
1996 11,243 1,570 970 2,916 2,922 2,514 351
2001 10,782 1,486 933 2,894 2,592 2,451 426
2006 10,551 1,506 876 2,911 2,577 2,236 445

External links[edit]

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 2. pp. 228–233. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  3. ^ North Burnett Region Councillor Election results Retrieved 17 April 2008
  4. ^ "Local Heritage Register". North Burnett Regional Council. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 25°37′30″S 151°36′20″E / 25.62500°S 151.60556°E / -25.62500; 151.60556