Shire of Mornington (Queensland)

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Mornington Shire
Mornington island.jpg
Mornington Island from space, September 1991
Population 1,101 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.8937/km2 (2.3146/sq mi)
Established 1978
Area 1,232 km2 (475.7 sq mi)
Mayor Lou Rojhan
Council seat Gununa
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
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Website Mornington Shire
LGAs around Mornington Shire:
Gulf of Carpentaria
Gulf of Carpentaria Mornington Shire Gulf of Carpentaria
Burke Doomadgee Burke

Mornington Shire is a local government area in north-west Queensland, Australia. The Shire covers Mornington Island and neighbouring islands in the Wellesley Islands group in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Shire Council employees are 93% local indigenous residents.

The administrative centre for the shire is the township of Gununa, on Mornington Island. In 2001 the Shire had a population of 934 of which 88.2% were Aboriginal.[2]

The shire was formed in 1978 as a result of the Queensland Government's decision to take over control of the islands from the Uniting Church. The local community sought the assistance of the Federal Government to overturn the decision. The establishment of self governance for the community under a Local Government model was the result of the ensuing discussions.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Mornington (S) (Local Government Area)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  3. ^ James Cook University - Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health - Mornington Island page. Retrieved 21 December 2006.

Coordinates: 20°43′29″S 139°29′37″E / 20.72472°S 139.49361°E / -20.72472; 139.49361