The council region covers an area of 11,419 square kilometres and is in Far North Queensland, about 1,800 kiloemtres north of the Brisbane CBD and 100 kilometres west of the Cairns CBD.
There are approximately 25,697 (2021) residents calling the region home, with key employment sectors of agriculture, forestry and fishing, retail trade, health care and social assistance and education and training industries.
The Tablelands Regional Council area encompasses significant areas of national park and state forest, rural areas and growing rural-residential areas. The primary regional centre is Atherton with smaller townships at Herberton and Malanda, and villages at Millaa Millaa, Ravenshoe, Tinaroo, Tolga and Yungaburra.
Flexible Working Conditions
- the Tablelands Regional Council encourage a healthy work-life balance and can negotiate flexible working arrangements. The standard working arrangements for the office-based workforce is a 19-day month and for the outdoor workforce, a nine-day fortnight.
- the well-being of their employees is a priority and they regularly run programs to foster employee fitness and wellbeing. They also provide an
Employee Assistance Program
and discounted corporate health insurance via external providers.
- as one of the largest employment providers in the region, they offer long-term employment opportunities and encourage staff to build a career in local government.
- council provide in-house and externally run training programs to support staff in their roles. Learning and development opportunities are provided in the form of cadetships, apprenticeships, plant operator tickets, customer service skills, leadership skills, and much more.
- five weeks annual leave per year.
The cost of housing in the Tablelands region is affordable with a median housing price of approx. $456,000 and a median rental price of $384 per week.
Tablelands Regional Council has 11 state primary schools and 4 state high schools, with private primary and secondary schools also available in the region. TAFE Queensland and various community groups and organisations provide training and upskilling opportunities.
Atherton Hospital is the largest hospital on the Tablelands and services all the surrounding areas, another nearby hospital is Herberton Hospital and is only a 15-minute drive. The region is also home to many practicing general practitioners, oral health, and other health services.
Atherton is the major shopping hub for the region with ready access to everyday needs available at the Atherton Square and Silo Central Shopping Centres. The Tablelands is also known for its great markets and galleries. Dining in the region is synonymous for fresh produce and there are an array of dining opportunities including Yungaburra Pub, Heritage Teahouse Café on Lake Barrine, cheese and chocolate at Gallo Dairyland, Mungalli Creek Dairy, you will find wonderful dining options throughout the region.
There are 100+ sporting and recreation clubs and groups, with 34 playgrounds, 3 public swimming pools, and an abundance of walking, bike and riding trails with nearby lakes for fishing. The area is also part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the landscape has volcanic features, crater lakes, historical locations, waterfalls, and lush rainforest, and even savannah landscapes to explore.
The Tablelands Regional Council area is served by the Kennedy Highway, the Palmerston Highway and Maalan Road. It is approximately 1 ½ hours’ drive north to Cairns with access to the Cairns Airport which has daily national and international flights.
Information on this page was correct as of July 2022 and may be subject to change.