Named after Andrew (Anderson) Dawson 1863–1910, Queensland's first Labor Premier 1899.
Dawson covers an area of approximately 22 515 sq km from Clairview in the south to Giru in the north and also includes The Whitsunday Island Group such as Hamilton, Hayman, and South Molle. The main towns include Airlie Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Home Hill, Proserpine and Sarina as well as the City of Mackay.
Various small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar (growing and refining), beef cattle, dairying, coal mining, abattoirs at Bakers Creek and tourism.
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