- Charters Towers Region
Charters Towers Region
Location within Queensland
Population: 12,837(2010) Established: 2008 Area: 68366.0 km² (26,396.3 sq mi) Mayor: Ben Callcott Council Seat: Charters Towers Region: North Queensland State District: Dalrymple Federal Division: Kennedy LGAs around Charters Towers Region: Etheridge Tablelands Hinchinbrook Flinders Charters Towers Region Townsville Barcaldine Isaac Burdekin, Whitsunday
The Charters Towers Region is a Local Government Area located in North Queensland, Australia southwest of and inland from the city of Townsville, based in Charters Towers. Established in 2008, it was preceded by two previous local government areas which dated back to the 1870s.
It has an estimated operating budget of A$27.5 m.
The City had its beginning in the Charters Towers Municipality which was proclaimed on 21 June 1877 under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864. It achieved a measure of autonomy in 1878 with the enactment of the Local Government Act. With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, it became a Town on 31 March 1903 and was proclaimed a City on 13 April 1909.
The Shire began as one of Queensland's 74 divisions created under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 on 11 November 1879. It became a Shire on 31 March 1903.
In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the two areas amalgamate. Amongst its reasons given for this recommendation were improved service delivery and capacity through a larger asset base and increased operating revenue, and the fact that a significant (and growing) proportion of the Shire's population lived in Charters Towers's outer suburbs and bringing all of Charters Towers under one local government was viewed as desirable. It did not consider amalgamation with the neighbouring Townsville/Thuringowa region due to disparate communities of interest. Both councils opposed the amalgamation, although the City Council concluded it was inevitable due to a shared community of interest. On 15 March 2008, the City and Shire formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.
The council remains undivided and its elected body consists of six councillors and a mayor.
Towns and localities
- Charters Towers
- Alabama Hill
- Grand Secret
- Mosman Park
- Richmond Hill
- Towers Hill
- Black Jack
- Hervey Range
The populations given relate to the component entities prior to 2008. The next census, due in 2011, will be the first for the new Region.
1933 10,238 6,978 3,260 1947 9,872 7,561 2,311 1954 8,875 6,961 1,914 1961 9,839 7,633 2,206 1966 9,605 7,602 2,003 1971 9,796 7,518 2,278 1976 10,494 7,914 2,580 1981 10,161 6,823 3,338 1986 11,460 7,208 4,252 1991 12,500 9,016 3,484 1996 12,562 8,893 3,669 2001 12,345 8,492 3,853 2006 11,937 8,155 3,782
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/3218.0~2009-10~Main+Features~Queensland?OpenDocument. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- ^ Election summary (ECQ)
- ^ 28 Vic No. 21 (Imp)
- ^ Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. XCII, 13 April 1909, p.1019.
- ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission. 2. pp. 80–84. ISBN 1921057114. http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/resources/map/reform/charters-towers-rationale.pdf. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
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