Agency Details

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Agency ID11205
TitleLongreach Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 15/3/2008
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
18922Registers of Plans of Land Subdivisions 24/9/1896 17/12/1987
18916Attendance Books 31/3/1903 17/11/1947
18917Contract Registers 31/3/1903 31/12/1964
18913Correspondence Files 28/2/1927 6/7/2006
18921Register of Proclamations and Orders-in-Council 25/6/1927 7/9/1945
18914Valuation Registers and Rate Books 1/1/1938 31/12/1964
18919Indexes to General Minutes 11/4/1939 31/12/1952
18918Index to Electric Supply Minutes 16/9/1940 31/12/1949
18915Annual Financial Statements (Longreach Shire Council) 1/1/1941 31/12/2000
18933General Ledger 1/7/1948 30/6/1953
18920Index to Rate Books 1/7/1949 30/6/1952
19012Agendas 19/2/1998 16/12/2004
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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 7/12/1989
248Housing and Local Government Department 7/12/1989 24/9/1992
249Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning 24/9/1992 26/2/1996
10727Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation 26/2/2004 15/3/2008
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11204Longreach Divisional Board
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11053Longreach Regional Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Local Government Act of 1902
Local Government Reform Implementation Act 2007
Local Government (Areas) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1
Queensland Subordinate Legislation 2008, nos. 23-26
"What's happened to my Council", Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2008, vol. 1, pp. 14 - 26
Local Government, Sport and Recreation Department, "Implementation Regulation", viewed 28 Feb 2008,
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1993
Local Government (Areas) Regulation 2005
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The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Longreach Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Longreach Shire Council on 31 Mar 1903.

The functions and powers of City/Shire Councils under the consolidated and amended "Local Authorities Act 1902" included construction and maintenance of roads and streets, bridges, wharves and jetties and other public works, control of traffic, use of land and buildings for the provision of public services and amenities including fire stations, parks, libraries and other recreational, educational and civic facilities, pounds, cemeteries, dams, reservoirs and water supply infrastructure, gas and electricity works, street lighting, rubbish dumps, sewerage farms and disposal works. The "Local Authorities Acts Amendment Act 1923" provided increased powers to Councils in respect to roads, buildings and subdivisions which resulted in greater control of urban planning.

Councils were empowered to create by-laws with respect to all matters within their jurisdiction, but all such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.
City/Shire Councils were also responsible for administering the Loan Fund and for carrying out valuations on properties for the purpose of collecting rates. Under the "Valuation of Land Act 1944" the Valuer-General became the sole valuation authority. In the 1970s City/Shire Councils ceased to distribute electricity. Other functions undertaken by Councils with other government instrumentalities have also ceased to be Council responsibilities including hospitals, fire brigades, ports and harbours, abattoirs and slaughterhouses,

In the 2000s City/Shire Councils through local laws promoted economic development; owned and managed public infrastructure including roads and public works, sewerage, and water storage and distribution; regulated activities which affect the environment including air, noise and water quality, land use and waste disposal, pests and noxious weeds, and building control; provided community services including recreational and cultural facilities and public health services.

Councils generated revenue from rates, grants and subsidies from state and federal governments, service charges, and loans for major projects.

Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902" City/Shire Councils consisted of elected aldermen with the Chairman elected by the aldermen to be the Mayor. The chief administrator was the Town Clerk and Councils were given the authority to appoint other officers necessary to carry out their duties. Under the "Local Authorities Amendment Act 1920" adult franchise replaced rate-payer eligibility to vote. Under the "Local Government Act 1993" City/Shire Councils consisted of a mayor and at least 5 councillors. The Chief Executive Officer was responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

Following recommendations of the Local Government Reform Commission Report 2007 regarding the re-structuring of local government in Queensland, 115 local governments were abolished and new local governments established while nine others had their boundaries adjusted. Elections for the new or existing shire and city Councils and the new class of regional Councils were held on 15 March 2008.

Ilfracombe, Isisford and Longreach Shire Councils amalgamated to form the Longreach Regional Council.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11205, Longreach Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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