Withcott is a town in the Lockyer Valley region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located on the Warrego Highway, 116 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane and 10 kilometres east of the regional centre of Toowoomba. At the 2006 census, Withcott had a population of 1,000. During the 2010–2011 Queensland floods, Withcott suffered extensive damage when a flash flood hit the town on 10 January 2011; the Upper Lockyer Withcott branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 4 Biggs Road, adjoining to the Warrego Highway. This was demolished in late 2018 and has since been turned into a public day use facility, containing a bathroom and undercover dining & seating area
City of Charters Towers
The City of Charters Towers was a local government area in North Queensland, consisting of the centre and suburbs of the town of Charters Towers. Established in 1877, it was surrounded by the Shire of Dalrymple, with which it amalgamated in 2008 to form the Charters Towers Region; the Borough of Charters Towers was proclaimed on 21 June 1877 under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864. It achieved a measure of autonomy in 1878 with the enactment of the Local Government Act. With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, the Borough of Charters Towers became the Town of Charters Towers on 31 March 1903. On 13 April 1909, Charters Towers was proclaimed a City. A separate Shire of Queenton was excised from the surrounding Dalrymple Division on 2 July 1902 and merged with the City of Charters Towers on 23 December 1916. On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the City of Charters Towers amalgamated with the Shire of Dalrymple to form the Charters Towers Region.
The City of Charter Towers included the following settlements: Alabama Hill Columbia Grand Secret Lissner Millchester Mosman Park Queenton Richmond Hill Toll Towers Hill In the early period of local government in Queensland, elections for aldermen were held annually and the mayor was elected from among the aldermen. The mayor became directly elected but still on an annual basis. There was the move to three-year election cycles. 1877–?: John McDonald 1894: Frederick Johnson 1897: Edward Miles 1897 1901: P. J. Allen 1903: Frederick Johnson 1908: David Rollston 1908: William Grant Clark David Missingham 1913–1914: Frederick Johnson 1916: C. Watts 1925: Thomas Chappe 1927: Charles Brownson Bryan Beveridge
Gatton is a town and the administrative centre of the Lockyer Valley local government area situated in the Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Gatton had a population of 6,869. Over recent years, the rural tranquility of the Gatton area has started to be encroached on by the suburban sprawl of metropolitan Brisbane and Ipswich in the east and Toowoomba in the west; the Warrego Highway, which runs east–west through the Shire, has experienced increasing strip development, with fuel outlets and commercial properties spreading along the highway. The Gatton area was explored by Major Edmund Lockyer in 1825. A settlement known as Gatton was gazetted in 1855; the post office opened 1 January 1866, with a dairyman, as the first postmaster. The small village did not experience significant growth until the mid-1870s, after the railway to Grandchester attracted people to the area; the Queensland Agricultural College opened an agricultural college and experimental farm in 1897 at Gatton.
In December 1898 three local youths from nearby Blackfellow’s Creek were murdered. The crime, known as the Gatton murders, has never been solved; the Star is a free, community newspaper which began publishing in 1956. Gatton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: Crescent Street: Boer War Memorial Hickey Street: Weeping Mother Memorial Warrego Highway: University of Queensland Gatton Campus According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 7,101 people in Gatton. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.3% of the population. 68.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Taiwan 4.4%, India 2.2% and South Korea 1.8%. 72.6% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 5.3%, Arabic 2.0% and Korean 1.7%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 22.6%, Catholic 20.7% and Anglican 11.7%. As part of the "Salad Bowl" of the Lockyer Valley, the area is agricultural, with vegetables making up the majority of crops.
Fruit was grown extensively in the area until the 1990s, when economic conditions changed and many of the orchards were removed. There is significant beef and dairy cattle farming, along with a growing equine industry, the town is a noted producer of fodder crops prime lucerne hay. Edna Linning and her husband started Gatton Bus Services in 1957 when they heard a high school was being built in town; the business only had one bus travelling to the college and back. The buses travelled to Flagstone Creek, Buaraba and Forest Hill to pick-up students; the company organized tours of Gatton for schoolchildren who lived in the city, so they could understand farm life and see how produce is grown and harvested. In its early days the business ran tours to Brisbane; the area has a humid subtropical climate, with mild, sunny winters. Heavy summer rain and warm conditions have provided ideal conditions for the areas agricultural productivity, although droughts and heatwaves can be problematic at times. Temperatures in Gatton are among the warmest in south-east Queensland in summer due to its position away from the coast but at low elevation in the Brisbane Valley.
Gatton State School caters for students from Prep to Year six. Secondary education in Gatton was first offered from 1 January 1913 as a secondary department attached to Gatton State School. In 1917, due to increasing enrolments, Gatton State High School was created on the present Gatton State School site; this became Lockyer District High School when it was opened at its present location in 1961. The University of Queensland has a campus on the former Queensland Agricultural College site at Lawes, just to the east of the town of Gatton; this Gatton campus is now the base for much of teaching. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council operate a public library in the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre at 34 Lake Apex Drive; the town has a number of war memorials: The Boer War Memorial was dedicated on 3 August 1908. The Weeping Mother Memorial is an unusual depiction of the role of women in war; the foundation stone was laid on 22 April 1922 by the Australian Attorney-General, Littleton Groom and was unveiled on 14 November 1922 by Queensland Governor, Matthew Nathan.
The Gatton Shire War Memorial Pool was dedicated on 1 December 1959 to commemorate those who served in war. The National Servicemen's Memorial was erected in November 1996 and commemorates those that served during the national service period of 1951 to 1972; the Gatton Agricultural College War Memorial was dedicated on 25 April 1997 to commemorate the staff and students who died in war during the college's first century. The Lone Pine Memorial is a tree planted from seeds whose lineage can be traced back to the Lone Pine at Gallipoli, it was dedicated on 19 May 2005. Another Lone Pine Memorial at Gatton Campus traces its lineage back to Gallipoli; the Lights on the Hill Truck and Coach Drivers' Memorial is located at Lake Apex Park on the outskirts of Gatton. Gatton murders University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Gatton Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers' Memorial official website
Lower Tenthill, Queensland
Lower Tenthill is a locality in the Lockyer Valley Region of South East Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Australian Census the locality recorded a population of 333. Agriculture has developed along Tenthill Creek which forms part of both the western and eastern boundary of Lower Tenthill. Lower Tenthill Weir on Tenthill Creek, has a storage capacity of 70 ML and is used for the purpose of recharging groundwater supplies; the northern boundary follows Lockyer Creek. Two other creeks cross the area - Deep Creek. Tent Hill Lower State School opened in 1873. Media related to Tenthill, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons
Thornton is a locality in the Lockyer Valley Region, Australia. Laidley Creek passes through the locality from south to north. Thornton Provisional School opened on 11 October 1881 by its first principal W. J. Mitchell, it became Thornton State School on 1 April 1890. Thornton State School is a government co-educational primary school at 4 Thornton School Road. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 22 students with 5 non-teaching staff. Emmerson, Margaret R.
Grantham is a town in the Lockyer Valley region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located 100 kilometres west of Brisbane. At the 2016 census and the surrounding area had a population of 634; the area was first settled by George Mocatta. In 1866 a railway siding from the main Toowoomba line was opened which assisted in the development of a small settlement, it wasn't until the mid-1879s. A butter factory was established in 1907; the building was replaced in 1926 by a brick building which operated until 1971. Grantham Post Office opened on 1 January 1890. On 10 January 2011, Grantham was damaged in a huge flash flood. 12 people lost their lives and a large number of houses and other buildings were destroyed. Following the floods, Grantham received visits by politicians including Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on numerous occasions. Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited the town. In May 2011, it was announced that the town would be moved to higher ground to prevent future damaging floods.
A 935-acre site was purchased so that landholders could be provided a voluntary swap of equivalent-sized blocks. The new site is situated on a hill overlooking Grantham and has permission from the state government to bypass the normal development approval process. Resident of nearby Murphys Creek, Postmans Ridge and Helidon have been included in the fast-tracked plan. In the 2016 Census, there were 634 people in Grantham. 81.1% of people were born in Australia and 90.9% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 24.3%, Catholic 17.8% and Anglican 15.5%. Grantham is a town left in tatters Video of flood damage Grantham Flood Support A fundraiser helping with Grantham relief