Monto, Queensland

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Monto
Queensland
Monto Newton Street 001.JPG
Looking down Newtown Street to the Burnett Highway, 2017
Monto is located in Queensland
Monto
Monto
Coordinates 24°52′0″S 151°07′0″E / 24.86667°S 151.11667°E / -24.86667; 151.11667Coordinates: 24°52′0″S 151°07′0″E / 24.86667°S 151.11667°E / -24.86667; 151.11667
Population 1,189 (2016 census)[1]
Established 1924
Postcode(s) 4630
Elevation 248.7 m (816 ft)
Location
LGA(s) North Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
27.3 °C
81 °F
12.8 °C
55 °F
732.6 mm
28.8 in

Monto /ˈmɒnt/[2] is a town in Queensland, Australia, located on the Burnett Highway 500 kilometres (310 mi) north-west of Brisbane and 235 kilometres (146 mi) south of Rockhampton. The town was the administrative centre of Monto Shire. At the 2006 census, Monto had a population of 1,159.[3]

History[edit]

Europeans settled in the area in the late 1840s, maintaining large pastoral holdings at the northern end of the Burnett Valley. Gold unearthed along Three Moon Creek — a tributary of the Burnett River — in the 1870s attracted further settlers. The original site of the diggings, 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of present-day Monto, has since been flooded by construction of Cania Dam. The township of Monto was not formally established until 1924 in which year the post office opened.[4] With dwindling gold reserves, Monto turned its economy towards farming and logging, two of the region's major industries today. Deposits of thermal coal and limestone have been discovered in the shire.

Facilities[edit]

Memorial to Monto's most famous son, jockey Kenny Russell.

Monto has a cultural and historical complex with a museum reserve, sporting facilities, swimming pool and golf club. The North Burnett Regional Council operates a public library in Monto at 50 Newton Street.[5]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Tourism[edit]

Tourism is also a major industry in the region. Besides being a major highway town, the chief local attractions are Cania Gorge National Park and Cania Dam, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of town.

Mining[edit]

In 2006, Monto Minerals floated on the Alternative Investment Market in London, raising approximately A$41 million before expenses.[7] It has since announced its plans to begin commercial production of Feldspar, Ilmenite, Apatite and Titanomagnetite from its site at the Goondicum crater, just outside the eastern border of Monto Shire by the second quarter of 2007.[8]

Coal mining company Macarthur Coal also owns large amounts of land in the Mulgildie area.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Monto
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.5
(112.1)
43.5
(110.3)
40.2
(104.4)
36.4
(97.5)
32.8
(91)
30.6
(87.1)
29.9
(85.8)
35.6
(96.1)
38.0
(100.4)
39.6
(103.3)
42.3
(108.1)
44.4
(111.9)
46.2
(115.2)
Average high °C (°F) 32.0
(89.6)
31.2
(88.2)
29.8
(85.6)
27.7
(81.9)
24.1
(75.4)
21.1
(70)
20.8
(69.4)
23.0
(73.4)
26.3
(79.3)
29.0
(84.2)
30.8
(87.4)
32.0
(89.6)
27.3
(81.1)
Average low °C (°F) 19.3
(66.7)
19.0
(66.2)
17.2
(63)
13.7
(56.7)
10.0
(50)
6.8
(44.2)
5.3
(41.5)
6.5
(43.7)
9.6
(49.3)
13.3
(55.9)
16.2
(61.2)
18.3
(64.9)
12.9
(55.2)
Record low °C (°F) 12.5
(54.5)
12.8
(55)
8.2
(46.8)
2.7
(36.9)
−1.8
(28.8)
−3.9
(25)
−4.8
(23.4)
−2.6
(27.3)
0.3
(32.5)
2.1
(35.8)
5.4
(41.7)
7.2
(45)
−4.8
(23.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 112.4
(4.425)
112.6
(4.433)
78.2
(3.079)
44.5
(1.752)
44.4
(1.748)
37.8
(1.488)
35.6
(1.402)
24.8
(0.976)
24.4
(0.961)
55.3
(2.177)
74.9
(2.949)
93.8
(3.693)
739.0
(29.094)
Average precipitation days 10.0 9.7 8.9 6.2 6.3 5.2 5.3 4.2 3.9 6.4 7.5 9.1 82.7
Average relative humidity (%) 49 50 50 47 50 48 45 40 37 38 41 44 45
Source: [9]

Notable persons from Monto[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Monto (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 January 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Monto (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Monto Library". Public Libraries Connect. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Ventnor State School (entry 600727)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Monto Minerals announcement 25 May 2006, FIRST DAY OF DEALINGS ON AIM £16.7 MILLION RAISED BY PLACING. Available online Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Monto Minerals Announcement 22 August 2006, Countdown to Production... Monto Minerals Commences Industrial Minerals Project Construction. Available online Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Climate statistics for Monto". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Guse, Russell (22 January 2010). "Actor Caton back to say farewells". Central Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Five questions to Megan Davis: on Aboriginal self-determination, 16 May 2014, The Guardian, Retrieved 12 August 2016
  12. ^ Kieza, Grantlee (29 June 2012). "A love of footy became the making of Mal Meninga". Herald Sun. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Kenny Russell

External links[edit]

Media related to Monto, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons