|Barcoo Shire is 'a remote rural shire located in western Queensland in the heart of the channel country. Encompassing the towns of Jundah, Windorah and Stonehenge with a total shire population of appoximately 460.
The Shire’s primary river systems are the Thomson and Barcoo, which amalgamate above Windorah to become Cooper’s Creek. All rivers and creeks within the Shire merge and flow southwest towards South Australia, terminating at Lake Eyre.
Covering a region of 60901sq km, the Barcoo Shire adjoins the North-East, South Australian border and is bordered by the shires of Diamantina, Longreach, Winton, Isisford, Quilpie and Bulloo. The country displays extremes of dry red expanses to flooding plains with masses of wildflowers.
The Shire's predominant industry is beef production with opal mining, tourism and hospitality to a lesser extent. Due to drought and economics wool production has declined considerably. The discovery of oil and gas reserves within the shire, has seen substantial development in this industry.'
(Barcoo Shire, 'Welcome to Barcooo Shire': http://www.barcoo.qld.gov.au/ (at 18 October 2005)).|