Shire of Burdekin

The Shire of Burdekin is a local government area located in North Queensland, Australia in the Dry Tropics region. The district is located between Townsville and Bowen in the delta of the Burdekin River.

It covers an area of 5,052.5 square kilometres (1,950.8 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1888.

History

Map of Ayr Division and its adjacent local government areas, March 1902

On 16 January 1888, the Ayr Division was created out of Subdivision 3 of the Thuringowa Division in 1888 under the Divisional Boards Act 1887.[2]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Ayr Division became the Shire of Ayr on 31 March 1903.[3]

On 12 June 1982, the Shire of Ayr was renamed the Shire of Burdekin, a change long desired by the residents of Home Hill.[3][4]

Council members were elected to represent different divisions within the shire until the election of March 1994 at which all council members are elected by all shire residents. The title of Mayor replaced the former title of Shire Chairman and the title of Shire Clerk was replaced by Chief Executive Officer from that same election.[4]

New shire chambers were opened on 9 October 1999. The cost was $2.8 million.[4]

From 2000, council elections were held every four years to elect a mayor and ten councillors. From 2008, this was reduced to a mayor and six councillors.[4]

Facilities

The public library headquarters of the Burdekin Shire Council Library Services is located at 108 Graham Street, Ayr.[5] The Burdekin Shire also operate a public library in Home Hill at 77-79 Ninth Avenue.[6] Both libraries opened in 1984.[7]

Towns and localities

The Shire of Burdekin includes the following settlements:

Population

Year Population
1933 12,073
1947 12,462
1954 15,208
1961 16,758
1966 18,693
1971 17,443
1976 18,421
1981 18,477
1986 18,337
1991 18,148
1996 18,870
2001 18,234
2006 17,297
2016 17,047

Chairmen and mayors

Dates Chairman / Mayors Notes
1896 James Henry Rae [8]
1888 Charles Young [9]
1896 J. H. Rae [10]
1927 Herbert Barsby [11]
1952-1970 E.W. Ford [4]
1970-1976 R. W. Rossiter [4]
1976-1982 F.J. Mills [4]
1982-1991 J.W. Trace [4]
1991-1994 E.N. Honeycombe [4]
1994-2004 John F. Woods First to use the title "Mayor"[4][12]
2004-2012 Lynette Angela (Lyn) McLaughlin [4][13]
2012-2016 William Charles (Bill) Lowis [4]
2016- Lynette Angela (Lyn) McLaughlin [14]

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Ayr Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 21 January 1888. p. 43:170.
  3. ^ a b "Agency ID6068, Burdekin Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Scott, Laura A; Lower Burdekin Historical Society (2014), Mastering the dream : Home Hill : jubilee to centenary, Home Hill, Q The Lower Burdekin Historical Society Inc, ISBN 978-0-9871987-1-6
  5. ^ "Burdekin Library Directory of Public Libraries". Public Libraries Connect. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Home Hill Library Directory of Public Libraries". Public Libraries Connect. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  8. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3.
  9. ^ "History of the Burdekin - Burdekin Shire Council". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Queensland Government Gazette consolidated index 1859-1919 - Details - Trove". trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  11. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Former councillor ousts Burdekin mayor". ABC News. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Mayor Candidate Profile : 2012 Burdekin Shire - Mayoral Election". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  14. ^ "2016 Burdekin Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

Coordinates: 19°34′32.97″S 147°24′18.21″E / 19.5758250°S 147.4050583°E / -19.5758250; 147.4050583