Shire of Banana
|Shire of Banana
Location within Queensland
|• Density||0.98993/km2 (2.56392/sq mi)|
|Area||15,755.6 km2 (6,083.3 sq mi)|
The Shire of Banana is a local government area located in the Capricorn region of Queensland, Australia, inland from the regional city of Gladstone. The shire was named after the burial site of a huge dun coloured bullock named 'Banana'. The council sits in the town of Biloela, which is the largest town in the Shire.
Major industries in the shire include coal mining, beef production, power generation, dryland cropping and irrigation cropping such as lucerne and cotton.
Banana Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 2155. The name Banana does not relate to the fruit, but rather the area was named after a dun coloured bullock called Banana.
With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Banana Division became Shire on Banana on 31 March 1903.
On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the Shire of Banana absorbed a significant part of the neighbouring Shire of Taroom, including the town of Taroom itself.
Towns and localities
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- "Proclamation [Nogoa Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1004.
- "Shire Information". Banana Shire. Banana Shire Council. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Proclamation [Banana & Duaringa Divisions]". Queensland Government Gazette. 23 April 1881. p. 28:1068-1069.