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Shire of Balonne
Balonne LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 4,334 (2018)
 • Density 0.139339/km2 (0.36089/sq mi)
Established 1879
Area 31,104 km2 (12,009.3 sq mi)
Mayor Samantha Cathleen O'Toole
Council seat St George
Region Maranoa
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Division of Maranoa
Balonne Shire Council Logo.png
Website Shire of Balonne
LGAs around Shire of Balonne:
Maranoa Maranoa Western Downs
Paroo Shire of Balonne Goondiwindi
Brewarrina (NSW) Walgett (NSW) Moree Plains (NSW)

The Shire of Balonne is a local government area in South West Queensland, Australia, over 500 kilometres (310 mi) from the state capital, Brisbane. It covers an area of 31,104 square kilometres (12,009.3 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1879. It is headquartered in its main town, St George.


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

Ula Ula Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 1271. The name Ula Ula is believed to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning water lilies. or ripples on water

A separate municipality, the Borough of St George was gazetted on 31 July 1884, but on 13 March 1886 it was abolished and amalgamated back into Ula Ula Division.

On 11 March 1903, Ula Ula Division was renamed Balonne Division after the Balonne River. The name Balonne is believed to be of Aboriginal origin meaning water or running stream.

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


The area contains the Balonne, Barwon, Boomi, Culgoa, Little Weir, Maranoa, Moonie, and Narran rivers, which attract fishermen seeking both the Yellow belly and Murray Cod.

Towns and localities

The Shire of Balonne includes the following settlements:

Annual events

Annual events include:

  • Fishing Competitions,
  • A Golf Carnival,
  • Motorbike Endurance Rallies,
  • Country Shows & Rodeos
  • Wool, Craft & Flower Shows


Year Population
1933 4,452
1947 4,040
1954 5,527
1961 6,105
1966 5,849
1971 5,354
1976 4,580
1981 4,678
1986 5,056
1991 5,112
1996 4,830
2001 5,414
2006 4,599
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