South Burnett Region

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South Burnett Region
Queensland
South burnett LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population 33,040 (2010)[1]
 • Density 3.9338/km2 (10.1885/sq mi)
Established 2008
Area 8,399 km2 (3,242.9 sq mi)
Federal Division(s) Maranoa, Wide Bay, Flynn
Website www.southburnett.qld.gov.au

South Burnett Region is a local government area in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia.

Origins[edit]

This Local Government was created in March 2008 as a result of the report of the Local Government Reform Commission released in July 2007.

The new Council, located in the southern catchment of the Burnett River, contains the entire area of four previously existing Local Government Areas:

The report recommended the new local government area should not be divided into wards and should elect six councilors and a mayor however the Interim Steering Committee applied to the State Government for four wards based on the old shire boundaries. As the total population is just a few hundred short of the level set in the report for eight councilors and a mayor, application for this was also made.

Area and size[edit]

The South Burnett Region covers an area 8,399 square kilometres (3,243 sq mi), containing an estimated resident population of 29,734 (2006 figures) and has an estimated operating budget of A$42 m (as at 2008).

The Aboriginal community of Cherbourg has been excluded from the amalgamated area and will continue to have its own local government.

South Burnett Regional Council recently released a document comparing rates with other regional and neighbouring councils. The conclusion of this document stated that compared to neighbouring councils the South Burnett was "mid-range" and measured up as "among the lowest in regional Queensland" when compared to 10 other Councils from the Gold Coast to Cairns.[citation needed]

In a recent survey of members of the South Burnett Residents Action Group there was a clear majority of members (77%) who consider Council rates are far too high.[citation needed] A 2004 rate notice for a residential block in Tingoora shows an increase in rates and charges from $387.81 (after deducting a 15% discount) to $2,038.60 (discount now only 10%) in 2014.

Towns and localities[edit]

Mayor and Councillors[edit]

2008 election[edit]

On 15 March 2008, the first mayor elected to the South Burnett Region was David Ian Carter.[2]

The first councillors elected to the South Burnett Region were as follows:

  • Division 1: Barry Green[3]
  • Division 2: Debra Palmer[4]
  • Division 3: Damien Tessmann[5]
  • Division 4: Keith Campbell (unopposed)[6]
  • Division 5: Kathy Duff[7]
  • Division 6: Cheryl Dalton[8]

2012 election[edit]

In the elections held on 28 April 2012,[9] Wayne Kratzmann was elected mayor; he was unopposed.[10]

The councillors elected were:

  • Division 1: Barry Green (continuing)[11]
  • Division 2: Debra Palmer (continuing, unopposed)[12]
  • Division 3: Damien Tessman (unopposed)[13]
  • Division 4: Keith Campbell (continuing)[14]
  • Division 5: Kathy Duff (continuing, unopposed)[15]
  • Division 6: Cheryl Dalton (continuing)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Mayoral Election – Election Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 1 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 2 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 3 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 4 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 5 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "2008 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 6 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council Mayoral / Councillor Election : 28 April 2012". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Mayoral Election – Election Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 1 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 2 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 3 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 4 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 5 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "2012 South Burnett Regional Council – Councillor Election – Division 6 – Division Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 26°32′25.6″S 151°50′20.3″E / 26.540444°S 151.838972°E / -26.540444; 151.838972