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Charters Towers Region

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Charters Towers Region
Charters towers LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population11,850 (2018)[1]
 • Density0.17329/km2 (0.44882/sq mi)
Area68,382 km2 (26,402.4 sq mi)[1]
MayorFranklin Charles Beveridge
Council seatCharters Towers
RegionNorth Queensland
State electorate(s)Traeger
Federal Division(s)Kennedy
Charters Towers Regional Council Logo.png
WebsiteCharters Towers Region
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 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.


Gugu Badhun (also known as Koko-Badun and Kokopatun) is an Australian Aboriginal language of North Queensland. The language region includes areas within the local government area of Charters Towers Region, particularly the localities of Greenvale and the Valley of Lagoons, and in the Upper Burdekin River area and in Abergowrie.[2]

Prior to 2008, the Charters Towers Region was an entire area of two previous and distinct local government areas:

The City of Charters Towers had its beginning in the Charters Towers Municipality which was proclaimed on 21 June 1877 under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864.[3] 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 the Town of Charters Towers on 31 March 1903 and was proclaimed the City of Charters Towers on 13 April 1909.[4]

The Shire of Dalymple began as Dalrymple Division, 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.[5] 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.


  • 2008 - 2012 : Ben Callcott [6]
  • 2012 - 2016 : Franklin Beveridge[7]
  • 2016 - 2020 : Liz Schmidt [8]
  • 2020–present : Franklin Charles Beveridge [9]

Towns and localities

A Rugby league team from Charters towers (1915)
A Rugby league team from Charters towers (1915)

The Charter Towers Region includes the following settlements:


Charters Towers Regional Council operate the Excelsior public library in Charters Towers.[10]


The populations given relate to the component entities prior to 2008. The 2011 census was the first for the new Region.

Year Population
(Region total)
(Former City)
(Former Shire)
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
2011 12,169
2016 11,876


  1. ^ a b "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^
    This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Gugu Badhun". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  3. ^ 28 Vic No. 21 (Imp)
  4. ^ Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. XCII, 13 April 1909, p.1019.
  5. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (PDF). 2. pp. 80–84. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  6. ^ "2008 Charters Towers Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ "2012 Charters Towers Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  8. ^ "2016 Charters Towers Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  9. ^ "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Library information". Charters Towers Regional Council. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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