The Shire of Barcoo is a local government area in Central West Queensland, Australia. In June 2018, the shire had a population of 267 people.[1]

It covers an area of 61,830 square kilometres (23,872.7 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1887. It is named for the Barcoo River which reaches a confluence with the Thomson River in the shire to form Cooper Creek.

The major industry in the shire is beef production and some opal mining. There has been some development of the known oil and gas reserves in the region.

History

Map of Barcoo Division and adjacent local government areas, March 1902

Kuungkari (also known as Kungkari and Koonkerri) is a language of Western Queensland. The Kuungkari language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of Longreach Shire Council and Blackall-Tambo Shire Council.[2]

The Barcoo Division was created on 24 December 1887 out of the eastern part of the Diamantina Division,[3] and was subject to the Divisional Boards Act 1887.

In 1927, the council met at Stonehenge.[4]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Barcoo Division became the Shire of Barcoo on 31 March 1903.

It subsequently lost areas when the shires of Isisford (1908) and Quilpie (1930) were incorporated.

Its present mayor, Sally O'Neil, has been in office since 2020.

Towns and localities

The Shire of Barcoo includes the following settlements:

Chairmen and mayors

  • 1927: H. J. Cameron [4]
  • 2000–2012: Bruce Scott (unopposed 2008)[5]
  • 2012–2016: Julie Groves (unopposed)[6]
  • 2016– : Bruce Scott[7]

Population

Year Population
1933 957
1947 835
1954 1,010
1961 1,037
1966 909
1971 734
1976 657
1981 711
1986 566
1991 556
1996 492
2001 576
2006 361
2016 267

Libraries

The Barcoo Shire Council operates public libraries at Jundah, Stonehenge, and Windorah.[8]

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. ^ CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map". State Library of Queensland. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  3. ^ "TO-DAY, TUESDAY, JUNE 17. MEETINGS,". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld. 17 June 1890. p. 4. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ "2008 Barcoo Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  6. ^ "2012 Barcoo Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ "2016 Barcoo Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Libraries". Barcoo Shire Council. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

Further reading

  • Forrest, Peter; Forrest, Sheila, 1953-, (author.); Barcoo Shire Council (issuing body.) (2014), Their promised land : a history of the people and places of the Barcoo Shire, Western Queensland, Jundah, Queensland Barcoo Shire Council, ISBN 978-0-9871295-6-7CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

External links

  • "Barcoo Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.

Coordinates: 25°17′16″S 141°58′18″E / 25.28778°S 141.97167°E / -25.28778; 141.97167