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Current Member James BIDGOOD
Current Party Australian Labor Party
Description Rural
Location Dawson covers an area from Mackay, Bakers Creek and Walkerston in the south to Oonoonba and the Ross River in the north and also includes the Whitsunday Group and the Lindeman Group Islands. Main towns include Airlie Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Home Hill, Proserpine and Walkerston as well as the City of Mackay.
Origin Dawson was named after Andrew ( Anderson) Dawson, Queensland's first Labor Premier. Dawson was first proclaimed in 1949. The first election was held for the Division in 1949.
Products/Industries Various small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar (growing and refining), beef cattle, dairying, coal mining, abattoirs at Bakers Hill and tourism.
State QLD
Area 18,052 sq kms (approx)
Population 133,088 as at 2006
Enrolled Electors 87,805 as at 30/11/07

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