Shire of Barcoo

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Shire of Barcoo
Barcoo LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 357 (2015)[1]
 • Density 0.005758/km2 (0.014913/sq mi)
Established 1887
Area 62,000.7 km2 (23,938.6 sq mi)
Mayor Bruce Scott
Council seat Jundah
Region Central West Queensland
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Barcoo shire council logo.svg
Website Shire of Barcoo
LGAs around Shire of Barcoo:
Diamantina Winton Longreach
Diamantina Shire of Barcoo Longreach
Outback Areas (SA) Bulloo Quilpie

The Shire of Barcoo is a local government area in Central West Queensland, Australia.

It covers an area of 62,000.7 square kilometres (23,938.6 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1887. It is named for the Barcoo River which reaches a confluence with the Thomson River in the shire to form Cooper Creek.

The major industry in the shire is beef production and some opal mining. There has been some development of the known oil and gas reserves in the region.


Map of Barcoo Division and adjacent local government areas, March 1902

The Barcoo Division was created on 24 December 1887 out of the eastern part of the Diamantina Division,[2] and was subject to the Divisional Boards Act 1887.

In 1927, the council met at Stonehenge.[3]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Barcoo Division became the Shire of Barcoo on 31 March 1903.

It subsequently lost areas when the shires of Isisford (1908) and Quilpie (1930) were incorporated.

Its present mayor, Bruce Scott, has been in office since 2000.

Towns and localities[edit]

The Shire of Barcoo includes the following settlements:

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • 1927: H. J. Cameron [3]
  • 2000— : Bruce Scott


Year Population
1933 957
1947 835
1954 1,010
1961 1,037
1966 909
1971 734
1976 657
1981 711
1986 566
1991 556
1996 492
2001 576
2006 361


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "TO-DAY, TUESDAY, JUNE 17. MEETINGS,". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld. 1890-06-17. p. 4. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  3. ^ a b Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • "Barcoo Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. 

Coordinates: 25°17′16″S 141°58′18″E / 25.28778°S 141.97167°E / -25.28778; 141.97167