The Shire of Richmond is a local government area in north western Queensland, Australia.

It covers an area of 26,581 square kilometres (10,263.0 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1916. It is part of the Gulf Country.

History

Wanamarra (also known as Maykulan and Wunumura is an Australian Aboriginal language in North West Queensland. The language region includes areas within the Shire of McKinlay, Shire of Cloncurry and Shire of Richmond, including the Flinders River area, and the towns of Kynuna and Richmond.[2]

The Shire of Wyangarie, named for a prominent grazing homestead in the area,[3] was created on 1 January 1916 out of part of the Shire of Flinders under the Local Authorities Act 1902.[4] On 24 July 1930, it lost part of its area to Shire of McKinlay. On 31 July 1954, it was renamed Richmond.

Towns and localities

The Shire of Richmond includes the following settlements:

Amenities

The Richmond Shire Council operate several services in the town including:

  • Richmond Public Library[5]
  • Richmond Public Gym
  • Richmond Childcare Centre
  • Richmond after school care
  • Richmond Swimming Pool
  • Richmond Caravan Park

Chairmen and Mayors

  • 1927:Campbell Robert Murray [6]
  • 2008–present: John McArthur Wharton AM[7][8][9][10]

Population

Year Population
1933 1,776
1947 1,478
1954 1,586
1961 2,214
1966 1,828
1971 1,409
1976 1,442
1981 1,383
1986 1,198
1991 1,108
1996 1,179
2001 1,050
2006 902
2011 827
2016 791

References

  1. ^ a b "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: "Wanamarra". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ Richmond Shire Council - Official Website. Accessed 11 December 2006.
  4. ^ Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. 105, 23 October 1915.
  5. ^ "Richmond Shire Council library services". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 20 September 2016. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  7. ^ "2008 Richmond Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  8. ^ "2012 Richmond Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  9. ^ "2016 Richmond Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  10. ^ "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.[dead link]

Coordinates: 20°43′S 143°08′E / 20.717°S 143.133°E / -20.717; 143.133