Shire of Douglas
|Shire of Douglas
Location within Queensland
|• Density||5.7553/km2 (14.9062/sq mi)|
|Area||2,436.7 km2 (940.8 sq mi)|
|Region||Far North Queensland|
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 amalgamated with the City of Cairns to become the Cairns Region. Following a referendum, the Shire of Douglas will be re-established on 1 January 2014.
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 will be re-established on 1 January 2014.
Towns and localities
- Cape Kimberley
- Cape Tribulation
- Cooya Beach
- Cow Bay
- Dayman Point
- Ellis Beach (until 1995)
- Finlay Vale
- Four Mile Beach
- Low Isles
- Mossman Gorge
- Oak Beach
- Stewart Creek Valley
- Thornton Beach
The following were mayors of the Shire of Douglas:
- Andrew Jack — 1900
- James Reynolds — 1901–1903
- R. A. Donnelly — 1904–1905
- W. Mackay — 1906
- D. J. Kirwan — 1907
- R. D. Low — 1908
- R. Walsh — 1909
- R. P. Tunnie — 1910
- Fred Thompson — 1911–1912
- J. P. Reynolds — 1913
- R. P. Tunnie — 1914
- J. P. Reynolds — 1915–1921
- John Quill — 1921–1927
- Barney Andreassen — 1927–1933
- Raymond Rex — 1933–1955
- E. D. Berzinski — 1955–1964
- George Quaid Jr. — 1964–1967
- J. S. Allen — 1967–1970
- O. R. Andrews — 1970–1981
- Anthony Mijo — 1982–1991
- Mike Berwick — 1991–2008
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Douglas (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- "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.
- Douglas Shire Mayors, Cairns Regional Council, accessed 16 April 2009
- 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