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Shire of Barcoo

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Population  357 (2015)
State electorate(s)  Warrego
Shire of Barcoo  Longreach
Founded  1887
Region  Central West Queensland
Federal division  Division of Maranoa
Established  1887
Website  Shire of Barcoo
Area  62,001 km²
Council seat  Jundah, Queensland
Mayor  Bruce Scott
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The Shire of Barcoo is a local government area in Central West Queensland, Australia.


Map of Barcoo, QLD, Australia

It covers an area of 62,000.7 square kilometres (23,938.6 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1887. It is named for the Barcoo River which reaches a confluence with the Thomson River in the shire to form Cooper Creek.

The major industry in the shire is beef production and some opal mining. There has been some development of the known oil and gas reserves in the region.


The Barcoo Division was created on 24 December 1887 out of the eastern part of the Diamantina Division, and was subject to the Divisional Boards Act 1887.

In 1927, the council met at Stonehenge.

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

It subsequently lost areas when the shires of Isisford (1908) and Quilpie (1930) were incorporated.

Its present mayor, Bruce Scott, has been in office since 2000.

Towns and localities

The Shire of Barcoo includes the following settlements:

  • Jundah
  • Farrars Creek
  • Stonehenge
  • Tanbar Station
  • Windorah
  • Chairmen and mayors

  • 1927: H. J. Cameron
  • 2000–2012: Bruce Scott (unopposed 2008)
  • 2012–2016: Julie Groves (unopposed)
  • 2016– : Bruce Scott
  • References

    Shire of Barcoo Wikipedia

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