Shire of Winton

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Shire of Winton
Queensland
Winton LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 1,414 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.026217/km2 (0.067901/sq mi)
Established 1886
Area 53,934.9 km2 (20,824.4 sq mi)
Mayor Butch Lenton
Council seat Winton
Region Central West Queensland
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Website www.winton.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Winton:
Cloncurry, McKinlay Richmond Flinders
Boulia Shire of Winton Barcaldine
Diamantina Barcoo Longreach

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.[2]

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.

History[edit]

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

The Winton Division was created on 23 September 1886 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879.[3]

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[edit]

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

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:[4]

  • 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[5]
  • 2008-2012 Edward Lawrence (Ed) Warren[6] [7]
  • 2012- Graham Thomas (Butch) Lenton[8][9]

In the 2008 election, the two candidates Ed Lawrence and Butch Lenton received the same number of votes. The winner, Ed Lawrence, was decided by drawing a name from a hat.[7][10]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 2,807
1947 2,509
1954 2,532
1961 3,043
1966 2,688
1971 2,095
1976 1,938
1981 1,995
1986 1,986
1991 1,877
1996 1,731
2001 1,937
2006 1,667

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Winton (entry 37728)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Proclamation [Winton Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 25 September 1886. p. 39:1141-1143. 
  4. ^ Forrest, Peterand Sheila (2005). Vision splendid : a history of the Winton district, Western Queensland. Winton Shire Council and Winton and District Historical Society. 
  5. ^ "Winton Mayor quits". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Old Mayor: Media Releases". Winton Shire Council. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2008 Winton Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Winton Shire - Mayor Butch Lenton". The Outback Way. Winton Shire Council and Winton and District Historical Society. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mayor Candidate Profile : 2012 Winton Shire - Mayoral Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Arthur, Chrissy (30 April 2012). "Winton mayoral hopeful looks for clear-cut win". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Winton". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. 

Coordinates: 22°23′16″S 143°02′04″E / 22.38778°S 143.03444°E / -22.38778; 143.03444