Shire of Douglas
|Shire of Douglas
Location within Queensland
|Population||14,024 (2006 census)|
|• Density||5.7553/km2 (14.9062/sq mi)|
|Established||1880 until 2008, 2014|
|Area||2,436.7 km2 (940.8 sq mi)|
|Region||Far North Queensland|
|Website||Shire of Douglas|
The Shire of Douglas is a local government area in Far North Queensland. It is located on the coast north of the city of Cairns. The shire, administered from the town of Mossman, covers an area of 2,436.7 square kilometres (940.8 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1880 until 2008, when it was amalgamated with the City of Cairns to become the Cairns Region. Following a referendum in 2013, the Shire of Douglas was re-established on 1 January 2014.
The major industries are tourism and sugar production. Minor industries include tropical fruit and beef.
On 11 November 1879, the Cairns Division was one of the initial 74 divisions created under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. On 3 June 1880, the northern part of Cairns Division was excised to create Douglas Division.
With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Douglas Division became the Shire of Douglas on 31 March 1903.
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 Douglas merged with the City of Cairns to form the Cairns Region.
In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Douglas from the Cairns Region. On 6 December 2012, the Queensland Minister for Local Government, the Hon. David Crisafulli, granted the people of the former Douglas Shire a vote on possible de-amalgamation from the Cairns Regional Council, even though the Queensland Treasury Corporation had calculated the costs to be too high a burden on the few ratepayers of this small Shire, and the Shire to be unviable in the long term. Despite strong opposition from many parties, on 9 March 2013 the citizens of the former Douglas shire voted in a referendum to de-amalgamate. The shire was re-established on 1 January 2014.
Towns and localities
- Bonnie Doon
- Bloomfield (shared with Shire of Cook)
- Cape Kimberley
- Cape Tribulation
- Cooya Beach
- Cow Bay
- Dayman Point
- Ellis Beach (until 1995)
- Finlay Vale
- Forest Creek
- Four Mile Beach
- Low Isles
- Lower Daintree
- Mossman Gorge
- Oak Beach
- Rocky Point
- Stewart Creek Valley
- Thornton Beach
- Upper Daintree
Chairmen and mayors
The following were the chairmen and mayors of the Shire of Douglas in its first incarnation:
- Andrew Jack: 1900
- James Reynolds: 1901–1903
- Richard Augustine (Dick) Donnelly: 1904–1905 
- William Mackay: 1906 
- Daniel Joseph Kirwan: 1907
- Robert David Low: 1908
- Richard James Walsh: 1909 
- Robert Punton Tunnie: 1910
- Frederick (Fred) Thompson: 1911–1912
- James Patrick Reynolds: 1913
- Robert Punton Tunnie: 1914
- James Patrick Reynolds: 1915–1921
- John Quill: 1921–1927
- Severin Berner (Barney) Andreassen: 1927–1933
- Raymond David Rex: 1933–1955
- Ernest William Berzinski: 1955–1964
- George Quaid Jr.: 1964–1967
- J. S. Allen: 1967–1970
- Onslow Rutherford Andrews: 1970–1981
- Anthony Mijo: 1982–1991
- Mike Berwick: 1991–2008
The following were the mayors of Shire of Douglas in its second incarnation:
- Julia Leu: 2014— 
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- "Proclamation [Cairns Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1008.
- "Proclamation [Cairns & Douglas Divisions]". Queensland Government Gazette. 5 June 1880. p. 26:1317–1318.
- "A Proposal to the Minister for Local Government Hourable David Crisafulli M.P. in support of de-amalgamation of the former Douglas Shire from Cairns Regional Council". Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Douglas Area De-amalgamation Poll – Douglas – Poll Area Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "De-amalgamation". Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Local Government (De-amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013". Local Government Act 2009. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Mayors of the Douglas Divisional Board". Cairns Heritage Page. Cairns Regional Council. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "OBITUARY.". The Cairns Post (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 13 July 1944. p. 1. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- "Told by Telegraph.". The Cairns Post (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 17 July 1911. p. 4. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
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- "2013 Douglas Shire Council – Mayoral Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Douglas Shire
- Douglas Shire Historical Society
- Pro amalgamation website Happy With Cairns
- Pro amalgamation website People Of Douglas
- De-amalgamation website Friends Of Douglas Shire