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Agency Details

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Agency ID1897
TitleToowoomba City Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 29/10/1904
End Date 15/3/2008
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services in urban areas.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
18978Account books 29/10/1904 2/11/1906
6315Rate Books 29/10/1904 31/12/1909
6318Valuation Registers 29/10/1904 31/12/1910
18977Letterbooks 29/10/1904 9/11/1928
18980General Correspondence 29/10/1904 31/12/1985
17776Committee Report Books 29/10/1904 15/12/2000
3724Minute Books 7/11/1904 21/12/1990
6317Index to Valuation Registers and Rate Books 1/1/1910 31/12/1929
6316Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1910 31/12/1929
17775Report and Minute Books 2/7/1919 15/8/1949
18979Registers of General Correspondence 1/1/1920 31/12/1949
6256Rate Cards 1/1/1930 31/12/1977
17764Committee Minute Books 1/9/1947 19/5/1952
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 29/10/1904 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 10/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
10727Local Government, Sport and Recreation Department 26/2/2004 15/3/2008
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies


Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11041Toowoomba Regional Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes

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Remarks


Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1904, Vol. LXXXIII, No. 107, p.878
Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government and Planning Department, "Local Government", viewed 2002, http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au
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, http://www.strongercouncils.qld.gov.au/Resourcesandpublications/BillsandLegislation/ImplementationRegulation.aspx

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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Acts 1902
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
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Description

ESTABLISHMENT:
On 29 October 1904, the Town of Toowoomba was constituted a City, by the name of "City of Toowoomba", and the Toowoomba Town Council became the Toowoomba City Council.

FUNCTIONS:
The functions and powers of City 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 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 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 Councils 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, grants and subsidies from state and federal governments, service charges, and loans for major projects.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
Under the Local Authorities Act 1902 City 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 Councils consist of a mayor and at least 5 councillors. In 2005 there were 8 councillors in the Toowoomba City Council. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

ABOLITION:
On 15 March 2008, Toowoomba City amalgamated with the Clifton, Pittsworth, Millmerran, Jondaryan, Rosalie and Crows Nest Shires to form the Toowoomba Region.


PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Home Secretary 29 Oct 1904 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 5 Dec 1935 - 8 Dec 1941
Secretary for Public Works 8 Dec 1941 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Public Works, Housing and Local Government 15 May 1947 - 1 May 1952
Treasurer 1 May 1952 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Public Works and Local Government 12 Aug 1957 -
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1897, Toowoomba City Council
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