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Division Profile

  • Division name: Kennedy
  • State: Queensland
  • Name derivation: Named after Edmund Kennedy (1818-48), explorer.
  • Size & Location description: Kennedy covers an area of approximately 568,993 sq km from the Gulf of Carpentaria and Mareeba in the north, to Boulia in the south, and from the Queensland border in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. The main towns include Atherton, Babinda, Camooweal, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Georgetown, Gordonvale, Hughenden, Ingham, Innisfail, Mareeba, Mount Isa, Normanton and Tully.
  • Products/industries of the area: Mainly primary production including grains (sorghum, sunflowers, wheat), beef cattle, cotton, coal mining, gemstones, sheep, sugar, agricultural services, copper, gold, silver, tin, lead, zinc, uranium, fishing (prawns, crabs, barramundi), marble, tobacco, fruit and vegetables, peanuts, dairy products and tourism.
  • First proclaimed/election: 1900/1901
  • Demographic rating Rural