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Agency ID1473
TitleParoo 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
14792Minutes of Council Meetings 29/3/1909 16/12/1912
14799Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1910 31/12/1940
14793Health Committee Minutes 8/3/1910 22/8/1912
14790Letterbook 8/11/1913 22/1/1914
14788Water Rates - Assessments and Receipts 1/1/1915 29/1/1926
14787Health Rates - Assessments and Receipts 31/3/1921 29/1/1926
14791In-Letters 1/1/1923 31/12/1927
14797General Ledger 1/1/1925 31/12/1925
14798Cash Books 1/1/1925 1/4/1934
14800Wages Book 1/7/1926 31/7/1933
14794Outward Correspondence 1/1/1927 31/12/1933
14801Correspondence 1/1/1928 31/12/1938
14796Correspondence 1/1/1930 31/12/1935
14789Reports and Correspondence 26/8/1931 1/4/1940
14786Debtors' Register 1/7/1940 30/6/1941
14795Miscellaneous Correspondence 1/1/1948 31/12/1950
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1472Paroo Divisional Board
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Information Sources

Local Government Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 7 Dec 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2479
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
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1936
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, the Paroo Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Paroo Shire Council.

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 subsequent "Local Government Act 2009" 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.

Under the "Local Government Act 2009". local governments have " the power to do anything that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of its local government area" including conduct joint government activities, engage in business enterprises. construct and maintain roads and other infrastructure. Indigenous Councils which are also Trustee Councils are responsible for business related to trust land while Community Forums may be established to discuss community issues.

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

Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902" 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 Paroo 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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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1473, Paroo Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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