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South Burnett Region

Coordinates: 26°32′25.6″S 151°50′20.3″E / 26.540444°S 151.838972°E / -26.540444; 151.838972
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South Burnett Region
Location within Queensland
Population32,996 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density3.93653/km2 (10.1956/sq mi)
Area8,382 km2 (3,236.3 sq mi)[2]
MayorKathy Duff
Council seatKingaroy
State electorate(s)Nanango
Federal division(s)
WebsiteSouth Burnett Region
LGAs around South Burnett Region:
North Burnett North Burnett Gympie, Cherbourg
Western Downs South Burnett Region Gympie, Somerset
Western Downs Toowoomba Somerset

The South Burnett Region is a local government area in the South Burnett district of Queensland, Australia.

In the 2021 census, the South Burnett Region had a population of 32,996 people.[1]


The South Burnett Region covers an area 8,382 square kilometres (3,236 sq mi),[2] containing a population of 32,555[2] in June 2018 and has an estimated operating budget of A$42 m (as at 2008).

The Aboriginal Shire of Cherbourg is an enclave within the South Burnett Region, but is not part of it administratively as it has its own local government.[3]


This Local Government was created in March 2008 as a result of the report of the Local Government Reform Commission released in July 2007.

Prior to the 2008 amalgamation, the South Burnett Region, located in the southern catchment of the Burnett River, existed as four distinct local government areas:

The report recommended the new local government area should not be divided into wards and should elect six councilors and a mayor however the Interim Steering Committee applied to the State Government for four wards based on the old shire boundaries. As the total population is just a few hundred short of the level set in the report for eight councilors and a mayor, application for this was also made.


In the 2011 census, the South Burnett Region had a population of 31,028 people.[4]

In the 2016 census, the South Burnett Region had a population of 32,186 people.[5]

In the 2021 census, the South Burnett Region had a population of 32,996 people.[1]

Towns and localities[edit]

The South Burnett Region includes the following settlements:


The South Burnett Regional Council operate public libraries at Blackbutt, Kingaroy, Murgon, Nanango, Proston, and Wondai.[6]


Current composition[edit]

The current council, elected in 2020, is:

Ward Councillor Party
Mayor   Brett Otto Independent
Division 1   Roz Frohloff Independent
Division 2   Gavin Jones Independent
Division 3   Danita Potter Independent
Division 4   Kirstie Schumacher Independent
Division 5   Kathy Duff Independent LNP
Division 6   Scott Henschen Independent



No. Portrait Mayor Party Term start Term end Council control
1 David Carter Independent 15 March 2008 28 April 2012 Independents majority
2 Wayne Kratzmann Independent 28 April 2012 19 March 2016
3 Keith Campbell Independent 19 March 2016 29 March 2020
4 Brett Olds Independent 29 March 2020 incumbent

Past councillors[edit]


Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5 Division 6
Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party
2008   Barry Green Independent   Debra Palmer Independent   Damien Tessmann Independent   Keith Campbell Independent   Kathy Duff Independent LNP   Cheryl Dalton Independent
2016   Roz Frohloff Independent   Gavin Jones Independent   Danita Potter Independent   Terry Fleischfresser Independent   Ros Heit Independent
2020   Kirstie Schumacher Independent   Scott Henschen Independent


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "South Burnett Region (LGA)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2023. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Layers: Local government". Queensland Globe. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 June 2024.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "South Burnett Region (LGA)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 June 2024. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "South Burnett Region (LGA)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Locate a library". South Burnett Regional Council. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

External links[edit]

26°32′25.6″S 151°50′20.3″E / 26.540444°S 151.838972°E / -26.540444; 151.838972