Shire of Winton
|Shire of Winton
Location within Queensland
|• Density||0.026217/km2 (0.067901/sq mi)|
|Area||53,934.9 km2 (20,824.4 sq mi)|
|Region||Central West Queensland|
|State electorate(s)||Mount Isa|
The Shire of Winton is a local government area in Central West Queensland, Australia. It covers an area of 62,000.7 square kilometres (23,938.6 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1887. Its administrative centre is located in the town of Winton. It is named after Winton, Dorset, England, the birthplace of Robert Allen, the first white settler in the Winton (Queensland) area.
The major industry in the shire is beef production and some opal mining. There has been some development of the known oil and gas reserves in the region.
With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Winton Division became the Shire of Winton on 31 March 1903.
It subsequently lost an area in its northwest to the Shire of McKinlay on 24 July 1930.
Towns and localities
Chairmen and mayors
Initially, the chairman/mayor was chosen by the elected councillors from among themselves. Later, it became a separate role elected by the public. The chairmen and mayors of the Winton Divisional Board and the Winton Shire Council include:
- 1887-1889 J. B. Riley
- 1889-1890 Robert Christian Ramsay
- 1890-1891 M. F. Ramsay
- 1891-1898 A. G. Fraser
- 1898-1901 Robert Christian Ramsay (2nd term)
- 1901-1901 William Henry Corfield
- 1901-1903 Robert Logan Chirnside
- 1903-1907 Robert Christian Ramsay (3rd term)
- 1907-1910 Arthur Douglas Ramsay
- 1910-1912 W. H. Cameron
- 1913-1920 Andrew John Baxter McMaster
- 1920-1921 Robert Edward Jackson
- 1921-1924 Andrew John Baxter McMaster (2nd term)
- 1924-1927 Leonard Irving
- 1927-1930 Percy Neil Grieve
- 1930-1934 John Rupert Wilfred Kennedy
- 1934-1946 Thomas Joseph Shanahan
- 1946-1955 Edward Charles Pender Phillott
- 1955-1958 Walter de Levante Booty
- 1958-1964 Edward Charles Pender Phillott (2nd term)
- 1964-1976 Charles Kempson Maxwell
- 1976-1981 William Joseph Harold Holmes
- 1981-1987 Eric Barton Bryce
- 1987-1995 Erice Muir Lenton
- 1995-2007 S. B. (Bruce) Collins
- 2008-2012 Edward Lawrence (Ed) Warren 
- 2012- Graham Thomas (Butch) Lenton
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
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- "Proclamation [Winton Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 25 September 1886. p. 39:1141-1143.
- Forrest, Peterand Sheila (2005). Vision splendid : a history of the Winton district, Western Queensland. Winton Shire Council and Winton and District Historical Society.
- "Winton Mayor quits". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- "Old Mayor: Media Releases". Winton Shire Council. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- "2008 Winton Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- "Winton Shire - Mayor Butch Lenton". The Outback Way. Winton Shire Council and Winton and District Historical Society. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- "Mayor Candidate Profile : 2012 Winton Shire - Mayoral Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- Arthur, Chrissy (30 April 2012). "Winton mayoral hopeful looks for clear-cut win". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- Forrest, Peter; Forrest, Sheila; Winton (Qld. : Shire). Council; Winton District Historical Society and Museum (2005), Vision splendid : a history of the Winton district, Western Queensland, Winton Shire Council and Winton and District Historical Society, ISBN 978-0-646-44403-1
- "Winton". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.