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Agency ID11122
TitleWangaratta Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 6/2/1960
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

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

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
18784Minute Books 31/3/1903 6/2/1960
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 10/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 6/2/1960
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11121Wangaratta Divisional Board
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
349Bowen Shire Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Remarks

Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 1960, Vol. CIII, No. 44, p. 477
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Legislation

Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act of 1902
Local Government Acts 1936-1959
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Wangaratta Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Wangaratta Shire Council.

FUNCTIONS:
Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, street lighting, public health services (such as immunisations), licences and registrations for businesses, markets and animals, town planning, and the control of noxious weeds and other pests.

The Council was also responsible for administering the Local Fund, and for valuing properties within the Shire for the purpose of determining and collecting rates.

The Council could pass by-laws regarding all matters within its jurisdiction. All such by-laws required the assent of the Governor.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
The Shire Council included a chairman 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 including a Shire Clerk 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.

ABOLITION:
Wangaratta Shire Council joined with Bowen Town Council on 6 February 1960 to form Bowen Shire Council.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11122, Wangaratta Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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