Towns in Australia

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Aramac QLD


Postcode: 4726

Aramac is a small town in Western Queensland, Australia, lying 68 kilometres north of Barcaldine and 1280 kilometres by road from the state capital, Brisbane. It is situated on Aramac Creek, which flows into the Thomson River 60 km west of town. Aramac is a town which is the main centre of a shire of the same name.

Town population is 380 people. Aramac is the capital of Aramac Shire. The town lies on Aramac Creek. The predominant industry is grazing. The town water for Aramac is supplied from two bores connecting into the Great Artesian Basin.

The Aramac town reserve was gazetted on 26 June 1869, but not surveyed until 1875. Subdivided lots were offered for sale in 1879. That year coincided with the creation of a Divisional Board for Aramac, the genesis of local government. The Board’s area was 50,750 sq. km., with jurisdiction over an estimated 841 persons and 123 ratepayers.

In 1882 the town of Muttaburra, north-west of Aramac, was added to the Divisional Board’s area. The Board’s area also included Longreach, to the west, which was on the railway line from Rockhampton, by-passing Aramac. In 1900 Longreach was given its own local government district, reducing Aramac’s to 30,110 sq. km. Two years later further boundary changes in the directions of Barcaldine and Longreach reduced Aramac to one-third of its 1879 area.