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Shire of McKinlay

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Population  944 (2010)
Region  North West Queensland
Website  Shire of McKinlay
Founded  1891
Council seat  Julia Creek
Federal division  Division of Kennedy
Established  1891
State electorate(s)  Mount Isa
Shire of McKinlay  Richmond
Area  40,880 kmĀ²
Mayor  Belinda Murphy
Shire of McKinlay

The Shire of McKinlay is a local government area in north-western Queensland, Australia.


Map of Mckinlay, QLD, Australia

It covers an area of 40,880.3 square kilometres (15,784.0 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1891. The shire economy is based on beef production and mining. BHP Billiton operate the Cannington mine in the shire, extracting silver, lead and zinc.


The Mackinlay Division was created on 9 December 1891 out of parts of Boulia and Cloncurry under the Divisional Boards Act 1887.

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

In 1932, the spelling of the shire's name was altered to be Shire of McKinlay, as the shire was named after the explorer John McKinlay.

On 24 July 1930, it was abolished and a new Shire of McKinlay was formed from parts of the Shires of Cloncurry, Mckinlay, Winton and Wyangarie (Richmond).

Towns and localities

The Shire of McKinlay includes the following settlements:

  • Julia Creek
  • Cannington
  • Kynuna
  • McKinlay
  • Nelia
  • Chairmen

  • 1927: W. M. Allison
  • References

    Shire of McKinlay Wikipedia