Charters Towers Region

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Charters Towers Region
Charters towers LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population 12,837 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.187769/km2 (0.486319/sq mi)
Established 2008
Area 68,366.0 km2 (26,396.3 sq mi)
Mayor Frank Beveridge[2]
Council seat Charters Towers
Region North Queensland
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Charters Towers Regional Council Logo.png
Website Charters Towers Region
LGAs around Charters Towers Region:
Etheridge Tablelands Hinchinbrook
Flinders Charters Towers Region Townsville
Barcaldine Isaac Burdekin, Whitsunday

The Charters Towers Region is a local government area in North Queensland, Australia southwest of, and inland from the city of Townsville, based in Charters Towers. Established in 2008, it was preceded by two previous local government areas which dated back to the 1870s.

It has an estimated operating budget of A$27.5 m.


Prior to 2008, the Charters Towers Region was an entire area of two previous and distinct local government areas:

The City of Charters Towers had its beginning in the Charters Towers Municipality which was proclaimed on 21 June 1877 under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864.[3] It achieved a measure of autonomy in 1878 with the enactment of the Local Government Act. With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, it became the Town of Charters Towers on 31 March 1903 and was proclaimed the City of Charters Towers on 13 April 1909.[4]

The Shire of Dalymple began as Dalrymple Division, one of Queensland's 74 divisions created under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 on 11 November 1879. It became a Shire on 31 March 1903.

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the two areas amalgamate. Amongst its reasons given for this recommendation were improved service delivery and capacity through a larger asset base and increased operating revenue, and the fact that a significant (and growing) proportion of the Shire's population lived in Charters Towers's outer suburbs and bringing all of Charters Towers under one local government was viewed as desirable. It did not consider amalgamation with the neighbouring Townsville/Thuringowa region due to disparate communities of interest. Both councils opposed the amalgamation, although the City Council concluded it was inevitable due to a shared community of interest.[5] On 15 March 2008, the City and Shire formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.


The council remains undivided and its elected body consists of six councillors and a mayor.

Towns and localities[edit]

A Rugby league team from Charters towers (1915)

The Charter Towers Region includes the following settlements:


The populations given relate to the component entities prior to 2008. The next census, due in 2011, will be the first for the new Region.

Year Population
(Region total)
(Former City)
(Former Shire)
1933 10,238 6,978 3,260
1947 9,872 7,561 2,311
1954 8,875 6,961 1,914
1961 9,839 7,633 2,206
1966 9,605 7,602 2,003
1971 9,796 7,518 2,278
1976 10,494 7,914 2,580
1981 10,161 6,823 3,338
1986 11,460 7,208 4,252
1991 12,500 9,016 3,484
1996 12,562 8,893 3,669
2001 12,345 8,492 3,853
2006 11,937 8,155 3,782


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Election summary[permanent dead link] (ECQ)
  3. ^ 28 Vic No. 21 (Imp)
  4. ^ Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. XCII, 13 April 1909, p.1019.
  5. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (PDF). 2. pp. 80–84. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 

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Coordinates: 20°06′S 146°16′E / 20.100°S 146.267°E / -20.100; 146.267