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Agency ID1386
TitleMiddle Ridge Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 22/5/1880
End Date 23/2/1917
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
17767Account Book 1/1/1880 31/12/1881
6307Rate Books 1/1/1880 31/12/1911
17768Minute Books 3/12/1885 24/3/1917
6308Valuation Registers 1/1/1888 31/12/1912
6309Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1912 31/12/1916
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 22 May 1880, Vol. XXVI, No. 73, p.1143
Queensland Government Gazette 23 Feb 1917, Vol. CVIII, No. 82, p. 695
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Establishing Local Government Act of 1878 Amendment Act of 1887
Order in Council 20 May 1880
Abolishing Local Authorities Acts 1902-1913
Order in Council 23 Feb 1917
Administered N/A
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Middle Ridge Shire Council was established on 22 May 1880.

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.

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.

Middle Ridge Shire was abolished on 23 February 1917 and part was included in the City of Toowoomba and part in the Shire of Drayton.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1386, Middle Ridge Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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