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Division Profile

  • Division name: Dawson
  • State: Queensland
  • Name derivation: Named after Andrew (Anderson) Dawson 1863-1910, Queensland's first Labor Premier 1899.
  • Size & Location description: Dawson covers an area of approximately 14,945 sq km from Mackay to Chelona in the south, and to Oonoonba in the north. It also includes the Whitsunday and Lindeman group of islands. Main towns include Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill and Ayr, as well as the city of Mackay.
  • Products/industries of the area: Various small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar growing and refining, beef cattle, coal mining related industries, abattoirs and tourism.
  • First proclaimed/election: 1949
  • Demographic rating Rural