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Agency ID1435
TitleMurweh 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
17726Colour Sketch of Charleville Library N/A N/A
9900Register of Fortnightly Costs of Works 21/10/1908 11/12/1928
9705Minute Books 6/11/1912 20/12/1961
9706Meeting Attendance Books 14/4/1926 5/2/1975
9896Complaint Book 20/3/1928 5/1/1935
9873Reports of the Shire Clerk 9/10/1935 15/4/1964
18245Reports of the Head Herdsman 8/10/1940 25/8/1947
9902Register of Payroll Tax 19/8/1941 25/6/1953
9901Cost Book for Electric Light Sales and Jobbing 29/4/1942 30/9/1952
9899Cost Book for Waterworks (General Fund) 29/2/1944 31/7/1956
9876Specifications for Alterations to Morven Hall 12/3/1947 12/3/1947
9904Register of Dangerous Substances and Apparatus 25/6/1951 15/9/1960
9886Budget Progress Statements 1/9/1951 31/5/1965
9875Contract Documents for Construction of Morven Hall 1/10/1952 9/12/1952
9726Head Supervisor's Reports 18/7/1956 1/4/1964
9864Reports of the Health Inspector 18/7/1956 15/4/1964
9727Indexes to Minutes 10/9/1960 15/3/1961
9710Minute Books 10/9/1960 20/4/1961
9867Reports of the Engineer/Manager 11/9/1960 4/4/1961
9906Reports of the Engineer/Manager 1/4/1961 31/3/1964
9905Charts of Augathella Water Supply 1/7/1961 29/6/1963
9874Approvals and Specifications for Building Operations 21/6/1963 31/8/1965
17717Building Plans 21/6/1963 31/8/1965
9866Reports of the Shire Engineer 13/5/1964 1/11/1967
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Information Sources

Local Government Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 10 Sep 1960, Vol. CCV, No. 7, pp 98, 99
Queensland Government Gazette 7 Dec 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2479
Local Government (Areas) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1
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Establishing N/A
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Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1993
Local Government Act 2009
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The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Murweh Divisional Board was abolished and its functions transferred to Murweh Shire Council. On 10 Sep 1960 the town of Charleville which had been separated from Murweh Division in 1894, joined the Shire.

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.

Local Government Councils under the “Local Government Act 1993” 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.

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

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.

On 15 March 2008 the Murweh Shire is undivided and the Council is comprised of 5 councillors including the mayor. A Chief Executive officer is responsible for the administration of the Shire,

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Queensland State Archives Agency ID1435, Murweh Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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