Shire of Woocoo

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Shire of Woocoo
Woocoo LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population3,351 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density1.66891/km2 (4.3225/sq mi)
Area2,007.9 km2 (775.3 sq mi)
Council seatOakhurst
RegionWide Bay–Burnett
Woocoo Logo.jpg
WebsiteShire of Woocoo
LGAs around Shire of Woocoo:
Biggenden Isis Hervey Bay
Gayndah Shire of Woocoo Maryborough
Kilkivan Kilkivan Tiaro
Historic shire chambers

The Shire of Woocoo was a local government area located in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, containing the rural residential area to the west of the town of Maryborough, and surrounding countryside. The shire covered an area of 2,007.9 square kilometres (775.3 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1914 until 2008, when it was amalgamated with the City of Maryborough, City of Hervey Bay and the 1st and 2nd divisions of the Shire of Tiaro to form the Fraser Coast Region.

Industry in the shire consisted of beef cattle, sugar, timber and light industry servicing Maryborough.


Woocoo was proclaimed a shire under the Local Authorities Act 1902 on 4 December 1914, with its centre of administration at Brooweena. It had previously been part of the Shire of Tiaro, and also included parts of the Shires of Antigua and Howard. The shire was named for Mount Woocoo, which itself was probably named for the local Aboriginal word for "echidna". It held its first meeting on 30 January 1915.

Brooweena War Memorial, 2008

In 1922, the residents of the Woocoo Shire erected a war memorial outside St Mary's Church of England on the Maryborough-Biggenden Road in Teebar (now within Boompa). The Woocoo Shire War Memorial was unveiled on Saturday 6 January 1923 by Major-General Thomas William Glasgow.[2] In 1992 the memorial was relocated to the Woocoo Historical Museum in Brooweena due to concerns about vandalism and is now known as the Brooweena War Memorial.[3][4]

On 27 March 1976, the Shire of Woocoo grew by 1,269.00 square kilometres (489.96 sq mi) when the Shire of Burrum was renamed Shire of Hervey Bay and recast as a local government area centred on the Hervey Bay urban area. The Local Government (Maryborough and Woocoo) Regulation 1993, which took effect on 31 March 1994, resulted in Maryborough's annexation of about 700 square kilometres (270 sq mi) of Woocoo's area. At this time, Woocoo was resubdivided into three divisions each electing two councillors.

On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, Woocoo merged with the City of Hervey Bay, City of Maryborough and part of Tiaro to form the Fraser Coast Region.

Towns and localities[edit]

The Shire of Woocoo included the following settlements:


Year Population
1933 777
1947 750
1954 660
1961 640
1966 567
1971 491[1]
1976 3,412
1981 4,456
1986 2,700
1991 3,429[2]
1996 2,902
2001 2,964
2006 3,351
  • 1 The population for the 1976 boundaries was 2,938.
  • 2 The 1991 census population of the revised Woocoo area was 2,562.

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • 1927: George Symth Mant[5]
  • 1960: L.L. Harvey[6]
  • 1988–1992: David Braddock[7]
  • 2000–2007: Kevin Mahoney
  • 2007: Iain Lewis (Acting)
  • 2007–2008: Gloria Banting


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Woocoo (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  2. ^ "A PEOPLE'S TRIBUTE". Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay And Burnett Advertiser (14, 789). Queensland, Australia. 8 January 1923. p. 6. Retrieved 29 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Brooweena War Memorial (entry 600969)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Brooweena War Memorial (Digger)". Queensland War Memorial Register. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  5. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  6. ^ Harvey, Len; Woocoo Historical Society (1988). Pioneers and progress : a history of division one Shire of Woocoo, Queensland. Woocoo Historical Society. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-7316-4362-2.
  7. ^ "External Boundaries of Local Authorities" (PDF). Queensland Government. 19 March 1992. p. 94. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

Coordinates: 25°30′36.9″S 152°38′40.34″E / 25.510250°S 152.6445389°E / -25.510250; 152.6445389