Agency Details

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Agency ID11076
TitleEtheridge Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services outside of major urban areas

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Series IDTitleFromTo
18741Account Ledgers 30/3/1903 31/12/1910
18761Inwards Correspondence 30/3/1903 31/12/1910
18749Register of Inwards Correspondence 30/3/1903 13/7/1915
18750Letterbooks 30/3/1903 28/6/1918
18752Warden's Register of Properties 30/3/1903 31/12/1925
18746General Cash Books 30/3/1903 22/5/1953
18744Contract Ledger 30/3/1903 27/4/1957
18727Rate Cash Books 30/3/1903 20/1/1966
18725Valuation Registers and Rate Books and Cards 30/3/1903 31/12/1989
18747Financial Papers 30/3/1903 31/12/1995
18755Correspondence Subject Files 30/3/1903 17/12/2004
18728Minutes and Agendas 30/3/1903 31/12/2005
18742Rough Cash Book 1/9/1911 3/4/1921
18753Register of Miners Homestead Leases and Oaks Fields' Rates Paid 1/1/1914 31/12/1926
18734Rates Receipt Book 1/8/1915 11/12/1915
18730Minutes (Recruitment Committee) 10/2/1916 30/5/1918
18731Meetings Attendance Book 5/10/1927 24/4/1958
18740Budget Ledgers 1/7/1940 30/6/1963
18754Register of Stock Route Permits 22/7/1947 1/5/1964
18743Cash Book (Main Roads) 2/6/1948 29/8/1949
18735Index to Rate Cards 1/1/1960 31/12/1969
18736Index to Valuation Cards 1/1/1960 31/12/1969
18745Stock Routes and Pest Destruction Fund Reimbursement Claims 1/1/1963 30/6/1991
18751Register of Miscellaneous Legal Documents 1/1/1965 31/12/2005
18733Title Searches of Resumed Land 30/12/1968 21/10/1969
18732Summaries of Rates and Charges 1/7/1986 30/6/1993
18729Minutes and Agendas (Works Committee) 1/2/1996 30/3/2000
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11113Einasleigh Divisional Board
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1903, vol. LXXXI, no. 35, p. 267
Queensland Government Gazette 1919, vol. CXII, no. 88, p. 846
Local Government Act 1993
Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation Department, "What councils do", viewed 17 Dec 2004

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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902; Order in Council 13 Mar 1919
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902-1917
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
Local Government Act 2009

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On 31 Mar 1903 Einasleigh Divisional Board became Einasleigh Shire Council under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", and on 15 Mar 1919, by Order in Council, the name Einasleigh Shire Council was changed to Etheridge Shire Council.

Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", Shire Councils provided such public services and amenities as parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries, recreational facilities, water, sanitation services, roads, bridges, wharves, street lighting, etc. The Council also administered the Local Fund, valued properties within the Shire for determining and collecting rates, and passed by-laws regarding all matters within its jurisdiction (by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council). Increased powers were given to Council by subsequent local government legislation, for example, fire prevention, public nuisances, public carriers, slaughter houses, traffic, building regulation, the environment, public utilities and business undertakings.

Local Government Councils under the "Local Government Act 1993" and subsequent "Local Government Act 2009" and through local laws: promote economic development; own and manage public infrastructure including roads and public works, sewerage, and water storage and distribution; regulate activities which affect the environment including air, noise and water quality, land use and waste disposal, pests and noxious weeds, and building control; provide community services including recreational and cultural facilities and public health services.

Under the "Local Government Act 2009". local governments have " the power to do anything that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of its local government area" including conduct joint government activities, engage in business enterprises. construct and maintain roads and other infrastructure. Indigenous Councils which are also Trustee Councils are responsible for business related to trust land while Community Forums may be established to discuss community issues.

Initially, the Shire Council included a chairman, town clerk and a number of other members. From time to time, the Council could appoint committees for special or general purposes. Council also appointed its own officers, who were paid from the Local Fund. Each year the Minister appointed an independent auditor to review the financial statements of the Council. The Council submitted an Annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister, which was published in the Government Gazette.

Under the "Local Government Act 1993", the title Chairman was replaced by Mayor. Special or general purpose committees were appointed reporting to Council. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Shire Clerk/Chief Executive Officer. The Etheridge Council administers the towns of Einasleigh, Georgetown, Mt Surprise and Forsayth.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11076, Etheridge Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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