Yeppoon

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Yeppoon
Queensland
Yeppoon2011-15.JPG
Looking across Keppel Bay from Wreck Point
Yeppoon is located in Queensland
Yeppoon
Yeppoon
Coordinates 23°08′0″S 150°44′0″E / 23.13333°S 150.73333°E / -23.13333; 150.73333Coordinates: 23°08′0″S 150°44′0″E / 23.13333°S 150.73333°E / -23.13333; 150.73333
Population 13,285 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4703
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Livingstone
State electorate(s) Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.9 °C
79 °F
18.5 °C
65 °F
824.9 mm
32.5 in

Yeppoon is a coastal town in Central Queensland, Australia. Yeppoon is renowned for its beaches, tropical climate, and the islands out on the bay. Twenty-five minutes from the city of Rockhampton, Yeppoon is the principal town on the Capricorn Coast, a string of seaside communities stretching more than 150 kilometres (93 mi) from north to south. The pristine beaches and shallow coves provide a destination both for tourists and miners settling down in Central Queensland. Offshore, there are 27 islands including Great Keppel Island which is 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Yeppoon.

Geography[edit]

Yeppoon is located on Keppel Bay, around 700 kilometres (430 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane, and 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Rockhampton City. It is within the local government area of Shire of Livingstone (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Rockhampton Region).

For more details on this topic, see Capricorn Coast.

History[edit]

The Capricorn Coast was part of the traditional lands of the Darumbal Aboriginal people. Yeppoon was first settled by the Ross family in 1865 who took up large landholding along the length of the Capricorn Coast. Fruit crops, cattle, and wool were the major industries of the early town. A short-lived period of sugar cane growing followed from 1883 to 1903, which failed due to unseasonal rains and lack of financial backing. Along with other sugar growing areas of Australia, South Sea Islanders were used as labourers on the sugar plantations, often without their consent (see blackbirding).[2] Pineapples, Mangoes, and other tropical fruit became the mainstay of local agriculture in the new century, with cattle grazing and fishing also contributing to the local economy.[citation needed]

Yeppoon developed as a seaside resort in the late 19th century, being particularly popular with working class people from Rockhampton, as well as miners from Cawarral and Mount Chalmers. Commuter and goods transport improved immensely with the connection of a branch line from Sleiper Junction (siding on the Emu Park line) in 1910.[citation needed]

Yeppoon and Emu Park were joined by road in 1939 with the completion of the Scenic Highway. Work on the road was started in the early 1930s as a work creation project during the Great Depression and was finally completed just prior to World War II with the construction of The Causeway and bridge between Mulambin and Kinka Beaches.[citation needed]

Heritage listings[edit]

Yeppoon has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Governance[edit]

In 1879, the Gogango Division was established as one of 74 divisions in Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. The Gogango Divisional Board's scope of authority comprised a large area north and east of Rockhampton. While the Division was administered in Rockhampton, a locally-appointed body, the Yeppoon Progress Association, met once a month to look after the minor requirements of the town.[6]

The discovery of gold brought a huge influx of people to the region, and the various Boards broke up into smaller administrative bodies to better service the growing population. In 1903, the Gogango Divisional Board was renamed Shire of Livingstone.[7]

The boundaries of the new shire remained largely unchanged until 1984, when outlying districts including the suburbs of Nerimbera and Parkhurst were ceded to Livingstone's larger neighbour, Rockhampton City. Continued growth in both Local Government Authorities became a contentious subject from then on, which caused much political tension, until finally in 2007, local conflicts came to a head with the tabling before the Parliament of Queensland of the proposed Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007.

The Act passed, and on 15 March 2008, Livingstone Shire merged with Fitzroy Shire, Mount Morgan Shire, and Rockhampton City to form the new LGA Rockhampton Region.[8] This forced amalgamation has caused political tension ever since,[9][10] but a heated and public campaign for the reinstatement of Livingstone Shire as a separate LGA has had little impact or interest from the general public. Particularly in localities in outlying areas, there is an equal and perhaps more vocal argument that the old LGA was too "Yeppoon-centric". In November 2011, the matter descended into the realm of gutter politics and became a source of national embarrassment for people associated with both sides of the conflict.[11] On 1 January the Shire of Livingstone was re-established with its 2008 boundaries.

Climate[edit]

The Capricorn Coast experiences a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa/Cwa).

Due to its location in the southern tropics, the Capricorn Coast experiences hot summers without the extreme humidity of Far North Queensland, and mild winters

Climate data for Yeppoon The Esplanade
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 38.6
(101.5)
34.0
(93.2)
39.1
(102.4)
31.8
(89.2)
29.1
(84.4)
29.2
(84.6)
29.4
(84.9)
30.1
(86.2)
33.2
(91.8)
36.6
(97.9)
38.4
(101.1)
40.5
(104.9)
40.5
(104.9)
Average high °C (°F) 29.3
(84.7)
29.2
(84.6)
28.4
(83.1)
26.6
(79.9)
24.1
(75.4)
21.8
(71.2)
21.3
(70.3)
22.1
(71.8)
24.3
(75.7)
26.1
(79)
27.4
(81.3)
28.7
(83.7)
25.8
(78.4)
Average low °C (°F) 23.7
(74.7)
23.7
(74.7)
22.4
(72.3)
19.6
(67.3)
15.6
(60.1)
13.3
(55.9)
11.8
(53.2)
12.6
(54.7)
15.6
(60.1)
19.0
(66.2)
21.3
(70.3)
22.7
(72.9)
18.4
(65.1)
Record low °C (°F) 12.5
(54.5)
15.2
(59.4)
10.4
(50.7)
10.2
(50.4)
4.9
(40.8)
2.7
(36.9)
−0.1
(31.8)
2.7
(36.9)
5.3
(41.5)
8.8
(47.8)
9.9
(49.8)
12.7
(54.9)
−0.1
(31.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 123.9
(4.878)
173.6
(6.835)
113.1
(4.453)
70.7
(2.783)
78.2
(3.079)
58.0
(2.283)
30.8
(1.213)
36.7
(1.445)
33.4
(1.315)
48.2
(1.898)
74.4
(2.929)
120.2
(4.732)
952.3
(37.492)
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology[12]

Shopping[edit]

Yeppoon has a number of shopping centres.

  • Cedar Park Plaza, Taranganba
  • Yeppoon Central
  • Keppel Bay Plaza
  • Yeppoon CBD
  • Tanby Road District

Healthcare[edit]

Education[edit]

Sport[edit]

Yeppoon is home to prominent Rugby league breeding ground St. Brendan's College. Professional players Paul Bowman, Matthew Scott, Tom Hewitt, Julian O'Neill, Shane Marteene, PJ Marsh and Dave Taylor are all St. Brendan's alumni.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yeppoon (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "The History of Joskeleigh". ABC Capricornia. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Yeppoon Station Building (entry 2632)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Yeppoon War Memorial (entry 16862)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Yeppoon State School (former) (entry 19524)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sugar in Central Queensland". The Queenslander. 18 January 1896. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gogango Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "North Rockhampton Borough Chambers (entry 16133)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Rocky Council Motion to Muzzle Ludwig". The Morning Bulletin. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Adrian (24 August 2011). "Council Ousts Bill Ludwig". The Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Taylor, Adrian (25 November 2011). "Schwarten Speech Attacks Ludwig". The Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Climate statistics for Yeppoon AWS". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

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