Shire of Diamantina

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Shire of Diamantina
Queensland
Diamantina LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population288 (2015)[1]
 • Density0.003037/km2 (0.007866/sq mi)
Established1879
Area94,823.2 km2 (36,611.4 sq mi)
MayorGeoff Morton
Council seatBedourie
RegionCentral West Queensland
State electorate(s)Gregory
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Diamantina Shire Council Logo.gif
WebsiteShire of Diamantina
LGAs around Shire of Diamantina:
Central Desert (NT) Boulia Winton
MacDonnell (NT) Shire of Diamantina Barcoo
Outback Areas (SA) Outback Areas (SA) Barcoo

The Shire of Diamantina is a local government area in Central West Queensland, bordering South Australia and the Northern Territory. Its administrative centre is in the town of Bedourie.

Like most places in Queensland with the "Diamantina" name, it was named after Lady Diamantina Bowen (née Roma), the wife of the first governor of Queensland, Sir George Bowen.

It covers an area of 94,823.2 square kilometres (36,611.4 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1879. The town of Birdsville is home to the iconic Birdsville Races, a horse race meeting to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

History[edit]

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

On 11 November 1879, the Diamantina Division was established as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 1153.[2][3]

In October 1880, part of Diamantina Division was separated to create Gregory Division.[4]

On 21 June 1883, the boundaries between Diamantina Division and Bulloo Division were adjusted. [5][6]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Diamantina Division became the Shire of Diamantina on 31 March 1903.[citation needed]

Towns and localities[edit]

The Shire of Diamantina includes the following:

Settlements
National parks
Archaeological sites

Amenities[edit]

Diamantina Shire Council operates public libraries in Bedourie and Birdsville.[7]

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

Chairmen
Mayors
  • 2008—2012: Robbie Dare (elected unopposed)[10]
  • 2012— : Geoffrey (Geoff) Moreton [11][12][13]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1879 1135
1933 214
1947 234
1954 239
1961 327
1966 321
1971 280
1976 255
1981 366
1986 302
1991 332
1996 415
2001 440
2006 401

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Diamantina Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1006.
  3. ^ "Agency ID829, Diamantina Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Official Notification!". The Queenslander. 4 September 1880. p. 311. Retrieved 24 September 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Proclamation [Diamantina Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 23 June 1883. p. 32:1631.
  6. ^ "Proclamation [Bulloo Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 23 June 1883. p. 32:1632.
  7. ^ "Diamantina Shire Council". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 20 September 2016. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "DIAMANTINA". The Queenslander. XXXV (714). 8 June 1889. p. 1092. Retrieved 3 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  10. ^ "2008 Diamantina Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  11. ^ "2012 Diamantina Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Mayor Cr Geoff Morton". Diamantina Shire Council. Diamantina Shire Council. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  13. ^ "2016 Diamantina Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-12-04.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°19′32″S 139°27′09″E / 24.32556°S 139.45250°E / -24.32556; 139.45250