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Proserpine POPULATION: - Town of Proserpine and surrounding areas 10,000 approximately/Shire of Whitsunday 17,000 approximately GENERAL INFORMATION: Proserpine is the administrative and service centre for the Shire. The Town has all the usual facilities, including a hospital, primary and secondary schools, library, and sporting facilities for swimming, tennis, bowls, squash, netball, football, golf, and indoor cricket. It is a peaceful country town with friendly people and fascinating North Queensland architecture. Proserpine has a booming sugar industry and the local sugar mill has guided tours during the crushing season. The tours include free samples plus morning or afternoon tea. Lake Proserpine, just west of the Town, is popular for water skiing and other water sports. There is a pretty picnic area beside the lake. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 1,120 kilometres