Agency Details

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Agency ID11811
TitleHighfields Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 19/3/1949
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
21099Minute Books ( Highfields) 13/12/1909 23/5/1949
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11810Highfields Divisional Board
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Remarks

Information Sources

Local Authorities Act of 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 25 Jan 1913, Vol. C, No. 20, p335
Queensland Government Gazette 19 Mar 1949, Vol. CLXXII, No. 65, p. 981
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Legislation

Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1936
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Highfields Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Highfields Shire Council on 31 Mar 1903. Highfields Shire boundaries and divisions were redefined on 25 January 1913 with some parts taken to form Crows Nest Shire.

FUNCTIONS:
Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, roads, bridges, wharves, 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-in-Council.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
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.

ABOLITION
Highfields Shire was abolished on 19 March 1949, with parts forming Toowoomba City, Crows Nest and Gatton Shires.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11811, Highfields Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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