Burnett Shire

Burnett Shire, an area of 2004 sq km entirely surrounding Bundaberg city was amalgamated with Bundaberg city and Isis and Kolan shires in 2008 to form Bundaberg Regional Council. It extended from the Pacific Ocean to about 60 km inland, and was formed in 1994 by the union of most of Gooburrum and Woongarra Shires.

The Shire shared its name with the Burnett River, named after the colonial surveyor, James Charles Burnett in 1847. Burnett had been dispatched by New South Wales' Governor FitzRoy to identify navigable rivers for the emerging Queensland pastoral industry.

Further Reading: 

Neville Rackemann, Growing harvest: Bundaberg district fruit and vegetable industry from 1869, Bundaberg, Bundaberg District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, 1987

John Kerr, Southern sugar saga: a history of the sugar industry in the Bundaberg district, Bundaberg, Bundaberg Sugar Company, 1983

Bargara, Branyan, Bucca, Burnett Heads, Coral Cove, Elliott Heads, Innes Park, Lower Burnett and Kolan Localities, Moore Park and sharon entries


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