- Far North Queensland
Far North Queensland, or FNQ, is the northernmost part of the
Australian state of Queensland. The region, which contains a large section of the Tropical North Queensland area, stretches from the city of Cairns north to the Torres Strait.
Various Government Departments and agencies have different definitions for the region. The Queensland Government Planning Department's [http://www.lgp.qld.gov.au/docs/planning/projects/fnq/PGHT/FNQ_PGHT_2005_intro.pdf "Population Growth - The Far North Queensland Region 2005"] document defines the region an area comprising of ten local government areas: (Atherton, Cairns, Cardwell, Douglas, Eacham, Herberton, Johnstone, and Mareeba) and two Aboriginal Councils (
Wujal Wujaland Yarrabah). ref|FNQregionalplan The Australian Bureau of Statisticsdefines the region as region containing most of Cape York Peninsula(excluding the south western quarter, half way up the Gulf of Carpentariacoast) and the Torres Strait Islandsand extending as far south as Hinchinbrook Islandand the town of Cardwell but does not include the city of Townsville. This larger definition is also used by other State Government agencies ref|otheragencies and also encompasses the local government areas of Cook Shire, Croydon Shire, Ethridge Shire, the Aboriginal communities of Aurukun and Lockhart River, and local government authorities in the Torres Strait region. It has a total area of 272,655.2 km² ref|ABSmap
The main population and administrative centre of the region is located in Cairns. Other key population centres include Cooktown, the
Atherton Tableland, Weipa and the Torres Strait Islands. The region also consists of many Aboriginal and farming communities.
Significant industries include tourism, cattle grazing, agriculture (
sugar caneand tropical fruits) and mining of both sand and bauxite.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates the region's population at
30 June 2003to have been 231,494 of which 117,531 lived in Cairns.ref|ABSstats1 The region contains 25.6% of the state's Indigenous population, or 28,909 people, making up 11.8% of the region's population. ref|indigenouspopulation
Far North Queensland based federal Member of Parliament
Bob Katterhas suggested that Far North Queensland secede from Queenslandto guarantee better parliamentary representation Fact|date=April 2007.
Regions of Queensland
North Queensland Party
* Proposal for a new state of North Queensland
# [http://www.lgp.qld.gov.au/docs/planning/projects/fnq/PGHT/FNQ_PGHT_2005_intro.pdf Population Growth - Far North Queensland Region. Department of Local Government and Planning. 2004. p4.]
# [http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/2001maps.nsf/Homepages/Ausstats+NRPs Australian Bureau of Statistics map webpage]
# [http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/SVGMapNRPLookUp/35005?OpenDocument Cairns Statistical Subdivision] and [http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/SVGMapNRPLookUp/35010?OpenDocument Far North Statistical Division (Balance) Profile] .
# [http://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/crimePrevention/h_assist/fnr/ Queensland police Far Narthern region.] ; [http://publib.slq.qld.gov.au/directory/mfarnorth.htm Department of Education map] ; [http://publib.slq.qld.gov.au/directory/mfarnorth.htm Queensland State Library map] ; [http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/about/regions/region1.asp Queensland Fire and Rescue map] .
# [http://www.oesr.qld.gov.au/data/briefs/demography/census_2001/atsi_demography_c01.pdf Office of economic and statistical research]
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