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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

About the area

Name origin

Fraser Coast Regional Council is named after Fraser Island and the Cooloola Coast.

Location and boundaries

The Fraser Coast Regional Council area is located in the Wide Bay Burnett Region of south-east Queensland, about 250 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD. The Fraser Coast Regional Council area is bounded by the Coral Sea in the north and east, the Gympie Regional Council area in the south, and the North Burnett Regional Council area and the Bundaberg Regional Council area in the west.

Included areas

The Fraser Coast Regional Council area includes the localities of Aldershot, Antigua, Aramara, Bauple, Bauple Forest, Beaver Rock, Beelbi Creek, Bidwill, Boompa, Boonooroo, Boonooroo Plains, Booral, Brooweena, Bunya Creek, Burgowan, Burrum Heads, Burrum River, Burrum Town, Calgoa, Cherwell, Craignish, Duckinwilla, Doongul, Dundathu, Dundowran, Dundowran Beach, Dunmora, Eli Waters, Eurong, Ferney, Fraser Island, Gigoomgan, Glenbar, Glenorchy, Glenwood (part), Gootchie, Grahams Creek, Granville, Great Sandy Strait, Gunalda (part), Gundiah, Gungaloon, Howard, Island Plantation, Kanigan (part), Kawungan, Maaroom, Magnolia, Malarga, Marodian, Maryborough, Maryborough West, Miva (part), Mount Urah, Mungar, Munna Creek (part), Neerdie (part), Netherby, Nikenbah, North Aramara, Oakhurst, Owanyilla, Pacific Haven, Paterson, Pialba, Pilerwa, Pioneers Rest, Point Vernon, Poona, Prawle, River Heads, Scarness, St Helens, St Mary, Sunshine Acres, Susan River, Takura, Talegalla Weir, Tandora, Teddington, Teebar, The Dimonds, Theebine (part), Thinoomba, Tiaro, Tin Can Bay (part), Tinana, Tinana South, Tinnanbar, Toogoom, Toolara Forest (part), Torbanlea, Torquay, Tuan, Tuan Forest (part), Urangan, Urraween, Walkers Point, Walliebum, Walligan, Wondunna, Woocoo, Yengarie and Yerra.

Land use

The Fraser Coast Regional Council area encompasses rural areas and growing rural-residential and residential areas, with some commercial and industrial land uses. The main urban centres are Hervey Bay and Maryborough, with numerous smaller townships and villages. The Fraser Coast Regional Council area encompasses a total land area of about 7,100 square kilometres, including national parks and state forests. Rural land is used largely for cattle grazing, sugar cane growing and timber production. Tourism is also an important industry.

Transport

The Fraser Coast Regional Council area is served by the Bruce Highway, Fraser Coast Airport (Hervey Bay and Maryborough) and the Tilt Train.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, grazing, farming and mining. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line and growth in the sugar cane industry. Significant residential development did not occur until the 1950s, aided by tourism. Substantial growth occurred during the 1970s and 1980s, particularly in and around the townships of Hervey Bay and Maryborough. The population of the Council area increased from about 60,000 in 1991 to nearly 105,000 in 2016. The bulk of growth since the 1990s has been in Hervey Bay, with some growth in the northern and southern rural areas. Population growth is expected to continue.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Fraser Coast Regional Council area were the Butchulla Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

Fraser Coast Regional Council labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into Fraser Coast Regional Council to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.

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