The Shire of Richmond comprises approximately 26,000 square kilometres in the heart of Queensland. Predominantly agricultural country, the Shire has gained prestige for its dinosaur fossil discoveries, commonly referred to as the Fossil Capital of Australia. With a population of 827 Richmond Shire harnesses a bustling tourism industry centred around a strong agricultural sector.
Situated on the south bank of the Flinders River, the township of Richmond is the Shires central hub, located 1,432 kilometres north west of Brisbane and approximately 500 kilometres west of Townsville.
The town itself is a vital hub for the area and is easily accessible by air, train and road, including thrice-weekly flights between Townsville, Richmond and Mount Isa. The town features cool grassy parks that entice the passer-by to stay a while, and the large recreational Lake Fred Tritton is much-prized for fishing, water-skiing and kayaking, as well as a walk through the near-by Bush Tucker Garden.
Richmond has won a number of awards such as the Queensland Tidy Town award as well national environmental awards for its tourism and community projects making it one of the Outback’s most attractive small towns and a great place to raise a family.
Beef cattle, irrigated agriculture, dryland farming and gold mining are the main industries in the Shire. A ‘shovel ready’ project, promoted by Richmond Shire is the O’Connell Creek Off-stream Water Storage Facility, a major investment opportunity that would pave the way forward for future growth.
Richmond Shire Council
PO Box 18, Richmond QLD 4822
P (07) 4741 3277 W www.richmond.qld.gov.au