Southern Downs Regional Council
A Local Government Area located in Queensland
The Southern Downs Region is a Local Government Area located in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia, along the state's boundary with New South Wales.
It has an area of 7,120 km2, a population of 35,996 (2010) and a density of 5.05569/km2
It was created in 2008 from a merger of the Shire of Warwick and the Shire of Stanthorpe.
In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that Warwick and Stanthorpe amalgamate. It noted that Warwick was the regional centre for the region, with the maximum travelling time between Warwick and any other town being one hour. Both councils opposed the amalgamation citing cultural differences and different river catchment areas and economic drivers. On 15 March 2008, the two Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect eight councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.
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