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Shire of Burdekin
Burdekin LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population 17,077 (2018)
 • Density 3.3856/km2 (8.769/sq mi)
Established 1888
Area 5,044 km2 (1,947.5 sq mi)
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin
Council seat Ayr
Region North Queensland
State electorate(s) Burdekin
Federal Division(s) Dawson, Kennedy
Website Shire of Burdekin
LGAs around Shire of Burdekin:
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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 5,044 square kilometres (1,947.5 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1888.


Ayr Division, March 1902
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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Towns and localities

The Shire of Burdekin includes the following settlements:


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
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