Hinchinbrook Shire Council is a located in North Queensland and covers an area of 2,807 square kilometres.
The Shire of Hinchinbrook includes the following settlements; Abergowrie, Bambaroo, Bemerside, Blackrock, Braemeadows, Cordelia, Forrest Beach, Gairloch, Garrawalt, Halifax, Hawkins Creek, Helens Hill, Hinchinbrook, Ingham, Lannercost Extension, Long Pocket, Lucinda, Macknade, Mount Fox, Stone River, Taylors Beach, Toobanna, Trebonne, Victoria Plantation and Yuruga.
The Hinchinbrook Shire is located about 1,400 kms north-west of the Brisbane CBD and about 110 kms north-west of the Townsville CBD.
The council consists of a mayor plus six Councillors.
As one of the larger employers in the region, Council offers favourable working conditions including the following possibilities, some of which depend on the role, the working area or duration of employment service with Council.
Flexible work arrangements may include (where operational requirements permit):
A nine day fortnight
Five weeks annual leave for permanent roles.
Annual leave loading of 17.5%.
Paid maternity, partner, and adoption leave up to six weeks.
Long service leave
Three weeks of paid sick leave
Defence Services Leave
Investing in your own future
Annual salary increments as negotiated
Employee recognition & awards
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Local Government Private Health Program
Professional membership fees
Health and wellbeing program
Christmas Close Down:
The Chief Executive Officer and Council decide upon a Christmas / New Year close down period each year. During the close down period the Council operates with a skeleton crew providing the perfect opportunity for families to be together over the holiday season.
The cost of housing in the Hinchinbrook Region is affordable with the median housing price of approx. $215,000.
The region boasts 17 schools consisting of primary and secondary (independent, catholic, and public) as well as 3 early childhood education and 3 care services.
Hinchinbrook is home to a regional hospital, a 28-bed inpatient facility with an accident/emergency and general surgery service. The hospital provides the community with services including immunisations, women’s clinics, pathology sample collection, basic radiography, weekly ultrasounds, pharmaceuticals and ante-natal/post-natal care. It also provides outreach services including respiratory medicine, mental health, paediatrics, surgery and endoscopy with referral mechanisms in place. The region has the provision of three aged care facilities with 155 aged care beds and accompanying services. There are three dental practices, two private health care centres, disability, aged care support services and complementary health services.
Gourmet food is plentiful, and visitors can choose between hand-made pasta, Italian desserts, famous delicatessens, trendy cafes, seasonal tropical fruit, fresh seafood, and boutique farms to sample the delicacies and flavours of the Hinchinbrook Way. Everyday necessities and smaller boutique gift stores are available locally or make a day of shopping with a trip to Townsville, about 1½ hours drive.
The Shire is privileged to have a dedicated precinct championing the arts, culture, education and tourism. The precinct is complemented by parks throughout the region housing a variety of facilities from walking trails to children’s specialty playground equipment. The region is also surrounded by abundant natural resources which provide a leisure playground from sport fishing and adventure through to relaxing walks in tamed wetlands and wild rainforests
The region is serviced by the Bruce Highway, a train station in Ingham and the Townsville Airport is located approximately 1.5 hours away with 80 direct flights per week from Townsville
Information on this page was correct as of July 2022 and may be subject to change.