Whitsunday Region

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Whitsunday Region
Whitsunday LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Aerial view of Proserpine, the service & administrative centre and ultimately gateway to the region by road, rail and air
Population33,778 (2016)[1]
 • Density1.415515/km2 (3.66617/sq mi)
Area23,862.7 km2 (9,213.4 sq mi)
MayorAndrew Willcox
Council seatProserpine
RegionNorth Queensland
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Whitsunday regional council logo.svg
WebsiteWhitsunday Region
LGAs around Whitsunday Region:
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The Whitsunday Region is a local government area located in North Queensland, Australia. Established in 2008, it was preceded by two previous local government areas with a history extending back to the establishment of regional local government in Queensland in 1879.

It has an estimated operating budget of A$48.8m.


Prior to 2008, the new Whitsunday Region was an entire area of two previous and distinct local government areas:

The Bowen Municipality was constituted on 7 August 1863 under the Municipalities Act 1858 (a piece of New South Wales legislation inherited by Queensland at its separation four years earlier). On 11 November 1879, the Wangaratta Division was created as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Wangaratta became a shire and Bowen became a town on 31 March 1903.

On 19 January 1910, the Shire of Proserpine was excised from Wangaratta. It was renamed on 18 February 1989.

On 2 April 1960, the Town of Bowen was abolished, and merged into the Shire of Wangaratta, which was renamed Bowen.[2]

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the two areas amalgamate.[3] Both councils and residents across the board opposed amalgamation, although amalgamation with each other was the preferred option of each if forced to choose. On 15 March 2008, the Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.

In 2012, a petition signed by over 1600 people requested that the Whitsunday Region be de-amalgamated. Although the number of signatories was sufficiently large, the Queensland Government refused the request for a de-amalgamation vote arguing that the financial modelling did not show that deamalgamation would be financially viable.[4]

In March 2017, many areas of the Whitsunday Region were damaged by Cyclone Debbie. The Proserpine Council Chambers was extensively damaged.[5]

Cyclone Debbie recovery[edit]

A new $6 million council administration building will be constructed in Proserpine during late 2018/2019, after this facility is completed workers that are temporarily being housed in Cannonvale will re-locate back to Proserpine. This will be a major new building that will also include a new disaster hub and resilience center.[6]


The council is split into six divisions, each returning one councillor, plus a mayor.

The current composition of the Council is as follows:

Mayor Party
  Andrew Willcox Independent
Division Councillor Party
1   Jan Clifford Independent
2   Ron Petterson Independent
3   John Collins Independent
4   Peter Ramage Independent
5   Dave Clarke Independent
6   Mike Brunker Labor

Towns and localities[edit]

The Whitsunday Region includes the following settlements:


The Whitsunday Regional Council operate public libraries at Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville, and Proserpine.[7]


Proserpine, a major population centre in the Whitsunday Region, home to the region's hospital, railway station, airport and a variety of educational facilities from early education up to secondary school.
Year Population
1933 11,477 7,543 3,934
1947 11,700 8,083 3,617
1954 13,094 8,518 4,576
1961 14,604 9,491 5,113
1966 15,616 9,342 6,274
1971 16,651 10,231 6,420
1976 19,038 11,292 7,746
1981 24,478 13,645 10,833
1986 25,945 14,364 11,581
1991 29,388 14,161 15,227
1996 31,202 14,411 16,791
2001 32,021 13,698 18,323
2006 36,158 14,625 21,533
2016 33,778


2008–2012: Mike Brunker[8]

2012–2016: Jennifer Whitney[9]

2016–: Andrew Willcox[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 4 February 1960. p. 203:477-478.
  3. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (PDF). 2. pp. 340–345. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  4. ^ "No de-amalgamation for Whitsundays". Whitsunday Times. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Proserpine Council Chamber damaged in Cyclone Debbie". Whitsunday Regional Council. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ "$5m funding windfall for Proserpine". Whitsunday Regional Council. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ "Opening hours and locations". Whitsunday Regional Council. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  8. ^ "2008 Whitsunday Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  9. ^ "2012 Whitsunday Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 Whitsunday Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 27 May 2016.

Coordinates: 20°00′44″S 148°13′23″E / 20.01222°S 148.22306°E / -20.01222; 148.22306