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Shire of Winton
Winton LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population: 1,404 (2008)[1]
Established: 1886
Area: 53934.9 km² (20,824.4 sq mi)
Mayor: Ed Warren
Council Seat: Winton
Region: Central West Queensland
State District: Mount Isa
Federal Division: Flynn
LGAs around Shire of Winton:
Cloncurry, McKinlay Richmond Flinders
Boulia Shire of Winton Barcaldine
Diamantina Barcoo Longreach

The Shire of Barcoo is a Local Government Area located in south western Queensland, 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 Winton Division was created on 25 September 1886, and was subject to the Divisional Boards Act 1879. With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Winton became a shire on 31 March 1903. It subsequently lost an area in its northwest to the Shire of McKinlay on 24 July 1930.

Towns and localities

  • Winton
  • Corfield
  • Middleton
  • Opalton (a ghost town)


Year Population
1933 2,807
1947 2,509
1954 2,532
1961 3,043
1966 2,688
1971 2,095
1976 1,938
1981 1,995
1986 1,986
1991 1,877
1996 1,731
2001 1,937
2006 1,667



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