Shire of Mareeba

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Shire of Mareeba
Queensland
Mareeba LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 18,212 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 0.339708/km2 (0.879839/sq mi)
Established 2014
Area 53,610.8 km2 (20,699.2 sq mi)
Mayor Tom Gilmore
Council seat Mareeba
Region Far North Queensland
Mareeba Logo.jpg
Website www.msc.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Mareeba:
Carpentaria Cook Douglas
Carpentaria Shire of Mareeba Coral Sea, Cairns
Etheridge Tablelands Tablelands

The Shire of Mareeba is a local government area at the base of Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, inland from Cairns. The shire, administered from the town of Mareeba, covered an area of 53,610.8 square kilometres (20,699.2 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1879 until 2008, when it amalgamated with several councils in the Atherton Tableland area to become the Tablelands Region.

On 20 March 2013, Mareeba residents voted in favour of a proposal to reverse the amalgamation and to re-establish Mareeba Shire. The new Mareeba Shire was re-established on 1 January 2014.

History[edit]

Map of Woothakata Division and adjacent local government areas, March 1902

The Woothakata Division, based in the mining town of Thornborough on the Hodginson goldfield, was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 1836.[2] Woothakata is a Wakaman and Kuku Djungan Aboriginal word which describes the way (the journey) they travelled to Ngarrabullgan/Mount Mulligan, an important meeting place. The name Woothakata lives on as the name of a property at Chillagoe.

On 3 September 1881, the Tinaroo Division was created under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 out of parts of the Cairns, Hinchinbrook and Woothakata Divisions.[3]

On 18 May 1889, the tin-mining area at Stannary Hills and Irvinebank and its hinterland in and around the Walsh River (an area of 4110 sq miles) were severed from Woothakata Division to create Walsh Division.[4][5]

On 20 December 1890, part of the Tinaroo Division was excised to create the new Barron Division, closer to Cairns.[6]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, the Divisions of Woothakata, Tinaroo and Barron became Shires of Woothaka, Tinaroo and Barron on 31 March 1903.

On 16 December 1908, a small part of Shire of Woothakata was transferred to the Shire of Walsh, which was then split with one part being proclaimed the new Shire of Chillagoe, based at Chillagoe.[7][8]

In 1919, Woothakata's seat of administration moved to Mareeba. Thornborough had declined steadily in importance, having a population of 58 in 1921 and 29 in 1933. The same year, on 20 December, the Shire of Barron was abolished, with its area being split between the Shire of Mulgrave and Shire of Woothakata.

On 25 June 1932, the Shires of Walsh and Chillagoe merged into the Shire of Woothakata, which was then organised into six divisions, of which the former Shires of Chillagoe and Walsh formed the greater part of the sixth division. Division 3 had 2 representatives and all the other divisions had only one representative.[9][10]

On 20 December 1947, the Shire of Woothakata was renamed the Shire of Mareeba.[5][11][12]

A new Mareeba Shire Hall was built in Mareeba in 1961; it was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 11 October 2013.[13]

On 22 March 1995, parts of the Shires of Mareeba and Douglas and the whole of the abolished Shire of Mulgrave were added to the City of Cairns.[14]

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 Mareeba merged with the Shires of Atherton, Eacham and Herberton to form the Tablelands Region.

In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Mareeba from the Tablelands Region.[15] On 9 March 2013, the citizens of the former Mareeba shire voted in a referendum to de-amalgamate.[16] The shire was re-established on 1 January 2014.[17][18]

Towns and localities[edit]

Prior to 1996, Mareeba also included the localities of Barron Gorge, Lamb Range and Redlynch to the west of Cairns. These were incorporated into the City of Cairns.

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 8,248
1947 6,312
1954 7,595
1961 10,212
1966 10,789
1971 11,676
1976 12,136
1981 14,003
1986 15,563
1991 17,129
1996 18,044
2001 17,961
2006 18,212

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

George J. Evenden

In early years the elected councillors chose one among them to the chairman on an annual basis. The following are the chairmen of the Woothakata Division and Shire of Woothakata:

  • 1890—1907: George Jonathan Evenden [19]
  • 1920: James Harris[20]

From 1921, chairmen of shires were elected by the voters for a period of 3 years.

  • August 1921— : Ernest Albert Atherton[21]
  • 1927, 1929, 1931: George Henry O'Donnell[22][23][24]

The following are the chairmen in the first incarnation of Shire of Mareeba:

The following are the mayors in the current incarnation of Shire of Mareeba:

  • Tom Gilmore: 2014— [31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mareeba (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Woothakata Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1007. 
  3. ^ "Proclamation [Tinaroo]". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 September 1881. p. 29:564. 
  4. ^ "Proclamation [Walsh Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 18 May 1889. p. 47:141. 
  5. ^ a b "Woothakata Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Agency ID318, Barron Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "SHIRE BOUNDARIES.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 December 1908. p. 10. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "SHIRE BOUNDARIES.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 December 1908. p. 10. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 23 April 1932. p. 137:1553. 
  10. ^ "ABOLITION OF SHIRES.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 22 April 1932. p. 3. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "WOOTHAKATA NOW MAREEBA SHIRE.". Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 December 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "TONGUE-TWISTER CHANGES NAME.". The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1874 – 1954) (Charters Towers, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 22 December 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mareeba Shire Hall (former) (entry 16315)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Agency ID58, Cairns City Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Proposal to de-amalgamate Mareeba from the combined Tablelands Regional Council". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mareeba Area De-amalgamation Poll – Mareeba – Poll Area Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "De-amalgamation". Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Local Government (De-amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013". Local Government Act 2009. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Unidentified (1907), George J. Evenden, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, retrieved 20 February 2014 
  20. ^ "Woothakata Shire Council.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 March 1920. p. 4. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Advertising.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 16 August 1921. p. 1. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "WOOTHAKATA SHIRE COUNCIL.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 August 1929. p. 9. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "MAREEBA PROVINCE.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 30 June 1931. p. 12. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  24. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Dimbulah Sanitary Contract.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 26 May 1933. p. 8. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "MAREEBA NEWS.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 14 May 1934. p. 9. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "JUBILEE MEDALS.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 30 May 1935. p. 3. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Woothakata Shire Chairman.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 1 December 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  29. ^ "MAREEBA SHIRE COUNCIL.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 27 June 1950. p. 3. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  30. ^ "Tenni. Hon. Martin James". Re-Member Database. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "2013 Mareeba Shire Council – Mayoral Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • "Woothakata Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. 
  • "Mareeba Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. 

Coordinates: 16°59′S 145°01′E / 16.98°S 145.02°E / -16.98; 145.02