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Shire of Burnett
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Location within Queensland
Population 27,232 (2006 census)
 • Density 13.6106/km2 (35.251/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 2,000.8 km2 (772.5 sq mi)
Council seat Bargara (160 Hughes Rd)
Region Wide Bay–Burnett
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Website Shire of Burnett
LGAs around Shire of Burnett:
Kolan Miriam Vale Coral Sea
Kolan Shire of Burnett Coral Sea
Isis Isis Hervey Bay

The Shire of Burnett was a local government area located in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. It surrounded, but did not include, the regional city of Bundaberg, and covered an area of 2,000.8 square kilometres (772.5 sq mi). It existed as a local government entity from its creation through the amalgamation of the Shire of Gooburrum and the Shire of Woongarra in 1994 until 2008, when it amalgamated with the City of Bundaberg and other councils in the region to form the Bundaberg Region.


On 21 November 1991, the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission, created two years earlier, produced its second report, and recommended that local government boundaries in the Bundaberg area be rationalised. The Local Government (Bundaberg and Burnett) Regulation 1993 was gazetted on 17 December 1993, in effect amalgamating the Shires of Gooburrum and Woongarra, and transferring a newer urban area to the City of Bundaberg. On 30 March 1994, the Shire of Burnett came into being.

On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the Shire of Burnett merged with the City of Bundaberg and the Shires of Isis and Kolan to form the Bundaberg Region.


Year Population
1921 5,435 2,922 2,513
1933 7,202 3,915 3,287
1947 7,170 3,825 3,345
1954 7,835 4,131 3,704
1961 8,521 4,372 4,149
1966 9,710 4,776 4,934
1971 9,669 4,519 5,150
1976 14,018 5,227 8,791
1981 15,126 5,261 9,865
1986 17,832 5,917 11,915
1991 23,608* 7,117 16,491
1996 21,218*
2001 23,598
2006 27,232

* Excluding the area transferred to City of Bundaberg in 1994, the population of Burnett was 15,417 in 1991.

Towns and localities

The Shire of Burnett included the following settlements:

1 - split with Gladstone Region
2 - split with the former City of Bundaberg

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