Gladstone Region is a local government area in Queensland, Australia. The council covers an area of 10,484 square kilometres (4,048 sq mi), had an estimated resident population at 30 June 2018 of 62,979,[1] and have an estimated operating budget of A$84 million.

History

Gladstone Region came into being on 15 March 2008 as a result of the report of the Local Government Reform Commission released in July 2007. The legal standing of the council is sourced from the Local Government Reform Act 2007 (Qld).

The new Council, located in Central Queensland, contains the entire area of three former local government areas:

The report recommended that the new local government area should not be divided into wards and elect eight councillors and a mayor.

Mayors

The first mayor of the Gladstone Regional Council was George Creed, who was the Mayor of the Calliope Shire Council. Creed retired due to ill-health in September 2010, and died November 2010.[2] He was succeeded by Gail Sellers. The Mayor since March 2016 is Matthew James (Matt) Burnett.[3][4]

Towns and localities

The Gladstone Region includes the following settlements:

Facilities

The council controls the assets of the Gladstone Airport which was previously operated by the .[5] This Board was a statutory body made up of representatives of the City of Gladstone and Shire of Calliope.

Gladstone Regional Council offices in Gladstone Central, 2014

The council has three administration centres, located at:[6]

Entrance to Gladstone City Library, 2014

The council operates a network of public libraries, located at Agnes Water, Boyne Island, Calliope, Gladstone Central, Miriam Vale and Mount Larcom.[7]

Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre, 2014

The council operate the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre at 58 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Central. It features an auditorium seating 674 people, a flat floor space which can accommodate 1,500 people standing, an outdoor 600 square metres (6,500 sq ft) marquee on a hard stand, and a number of meeting rooms.[8]

Industry within the Region

Gladstone Ports Corporation

Gladstone's port is Queensland's largest multi-commodity port, handling more than 79 Mt of cargo annually.

As a government owned corporation, Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) controls and manages the facility. GPC is unique among Australian port authorities because it acts as a 'landlord' as well as owning and operating cargo handling facilities. The GPC provides 35 hectares of recreational waterfront facilities at the marina and Spinnaker Park, which includes barbecues, shade shelters, 250 mooring berths, playground equipment, walking trails and a man-made beach.[9]

Austick

Austicks Pty Ltd produces ice cream sticks from plantation-sourced timber. The factory, located at Gladstone, produces for both the domestic and export markets.[9]

Boyne Smelter Limited

Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) is the largest shareholder in the Boyne Smelters Limited. (BSL) joint venture and has been operating in the Gladstone region for over 40 years. As a shareholder in other local industry operations including Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) and the Gladstone Power Station, RTA maintains significant contributions of A$3.34 billion into the region‟s economy annually. BSL has been in operation since 1982 and over time has undergone extensive expansion. The smelter underwent a A$1 billion expansion in 1997 introducing a third reduction line which increased aluminium production from 260,000 to more than 558,000 tonnes per annum.[9]

Cement Australia Limited (Queensland)

Cement Australia Gladstone is the largest cement Plant in Australia and uses state of the art technology. The plant is Australia‟s most efficient and is the leading environmental performer in the industry.

Cement Australia Gladstone has a production capacity of over 1.6 million tonnes per annum and processes limestone, clay, silica sand and copper slag to produce and supply cement and clinker throughout Australia and overseas destinations, as well as cement in bulk or in bags.[9]

Rio Tinto Aluminium Yarwun (RTA)

RTA has been part of the Gladstone community for over 40 years. RTA maintains a significant shareholding in Queensland Alumina Ltd, the Gladstone Power Station and a shareholding and management of Boyne Smelters Limited. A 2008 Socio-economic study found that Rio Tinto Alcan contributed A$3.34 billion annually into the region‟s economy.

RTAY was constructed between 2002 and 2004 at a capital cost of A$1.4 billion. Stage One of RTAY has the capacity to provide 1.4 million tonnes of smelter grade alumina per annum and with the construction of Stage Two currently taking place the refinery will increase its production capacity to 3.4 million tonnes per annum.[9]

References

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Former mayor George Creed dies". Gladstone Observer. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ "2016 Gladstone Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. ^ "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  5. ^ Local Government Reform Implementation Regulation 2008 (Qld)
  6. ^ "Contact us". Gladstone Regional Council. Gladstone Regional Council. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Contact us". Gladstone Regional Libraries. Gladstone Regional Council. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  8. ^ "About the centre". Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre. Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e Gladstone Region Industry Profile 2010[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 23°51′00″S 151°15′00″E / 23.85000°S 151.25000°E / -23.85000; 151.25000