Shire of Atherton
|Shire of Atherton
Location within Queensland
|• Density||17.5124/km2 (45.357/sq mi)|
|Area||623.1 km2 (240.6 sq mi)|
|Region||Far North Queensland|
The Shire of Atherton was a local government area of Queensland. It was located on the Atherton Tableland, a plateau forming part of the Great Dividing Range west of the city of Cairns. The shire, administered from the town of Atherton, covered an area of 623.1 square kilometres (240.6 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1881 until 2008, when it amalgamated with several other councils in the Tableland area to become the Tablelands Region.
The Tinaroo Division was created on 3 September 1881 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 out of parts of the Cairns, Hinchinbrook and Woothakata Divisions, and was responsible for a large area which took in Herberton and Lake Eacham.
In 1894, Tinaroo Division's headquarters transferred from Tinaroo to Atherton. On 11 May 1895 it decreased somewhat in size as it lost some areas in the south and southwest which incorporated separately as the Herberton Division.
With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Tinaroo Division became Shire of Tinaroo on 31 March 1903. On 18 November 1910 it lost the area around Lake Eacham to the new Shire of Eacham , and in 1935, the Shire of Tinaroo was renamed Shire of Atherton.
On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the Shire of Atherton merged with the Shires of Eacham, Herberton and Mareeba to form the Tablelands Region.
Towns and localities
- Lake Tinaroo
- Upper Barron (split with Eacham)
Chairmen and Mayors
- Mr Selig (1884)
- Jim Chapman (1988—2008)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Atherton (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- "Proclamation [Tinaroo]". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 September 1881. p. 29:564.
- "Agency ID318, Barron Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 16 February 1935. p. 144:427.
- "QUEENSLAND NEWS.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 13 February 1884. p. 5. Retrieved 1 November 2013.