Gladstone is home to Queensland’s largest multi-commodity shipping port. In the last three decades this quiet port has become a maritime centre with some of the most sophisticated loading facilities in the country with a population of less than 50,000 people.
Gladstone is one of the many towns and cities in the British Empire which were named after William Ewart Gladstone. It was named in 1846 when he was the British Colonial Secretary. He later became Prime Minister of Great Britain – four times
With a population of about 422 people (in the 2011 census), the quaint township of Miriam Vale is a hub for the timber, cattle and dairy industries. Miriam Vale also boasts a strong tourist influx, good fishing, National Parks and a high population growth particularly along the Coastal fringe.
It was named after a pastoral leasehold first occupied in 1854 by Arthur Chauvel, who was inspired to name the property after his sister, Miriam Sally Emily.
Sitting on the tip of a peninsula on Queensland’s coastline lies the strangely named town of Seventeen Seventy (1770) and it’s also known as the ‘birthplace of Queensland’. This tiny town with a population of 76 people and surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay, was the second landing site of James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770 — a huge part of Australian history and an explanation for its strange name.
Originally known as Round Hill – after the creek it sits on – the name was changed in 1970 to commemorate the bicentenary of Cook’s visit. The community of Seventeen Seventy hold the re-enactment of this historic landing each year as part of the 1770 Festival held in May
Agnes Water was reportedly named after a coastal schooner, the Agnes, lost at sea in 1873, most probably off the surf coast. This coastal town is recognised as the most northerly surfing beach in Queensland and the closest access point to the southern Great Barrier Reef.
In the 2011 census, Agnes Water had a population of 1814 and have become the principal commercial and industrial centre in the shire. Contemporary economic activity centres on tourism, construction, retailing, agriculture and manufacturing.
Bundaberg is a city near the south-east coast of Queensland, Australia, situated on the Burnett River. At June 2015, the city had an estimated urban population of 70,588. The area lays claim to the internationally renowned Southern Great Barrier Reef, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Bundaberg Rum, and the famous aviator Bert Hinkler.
The Bundaberg region is located in the heart of a rich sugar and horticultural belt supported by a growing manufacturing sector. In fact, Bundaberg produces one fifth of Queensland’s sugar crop and the city is surrounded by a green sea of rich sugar cane and many farms growing Australia’s finest small crops. The city plays a significant role in global manufacture and industry, being home of ‘the famous Aussie Spirit’, Bundaberg Rum, leading drinks manufacturer Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, diversified agricultural corporation Bundaberg Sugar, and many others of international recognition.
Prayer Points coming out of Bundaberg: pray for unity in the body, pray against the spirits behind freemasonry, poverty spirit, fear and control resulting from the natural disasters, and for the area to be a food bowl in the spirit as it is in the natural.