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Agency ID2099
TitleCharters Towers City Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 13/4/1909
End Date 15/3/2008
Date NotesN/A

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

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Series IDTitleFromTo
10904Letterbook of the Joint Health and Traffic Committees N/A N/A
10888Letterbooks of Joint Traffic and Health Committee 27/2/1908 30/11/1916
10892Minutes and Agendas Papers 13/4/1909 10/11/1909
10890Rate Books 13/4/1909 31/12/1909
10887Minute Books 13/4/1909 3/5/1910
10909Sketch Plans of Land Applied For 13/4/1909 31/12/1911
10905Registers of the Notification of Infectious Diseases 13/4/1909 31/12/1912
10903Minute Book of the Joint Health Committee 13/4/1909 29/11/1916
10897Minute Book of the Joint Traffic Committee 13/4/1909 29/11/1916
10906Minute Book of the Charters Towers Brigade Board 13/4/1909 12/12/1916
10896Register of Vehicle Licences 13/4/1909 28/2/1917
10883Registers of Letters Received 13/4/1909 31/3/1917
10899Voters Rolls 13/4/1909 31/12/1919
10884Correspondence and Reports Laid Before Council Meetings 13/4/1909 31/12/1924
10893Ledger for Rent and Other Payment Made for Use of Council Premises 13/4/1909 31/12/1928
10886Valuation and Ratings Registers 1/1/1910 31/12/1940
10895Letterbook of Invitations and Notices 22/1/1910 11/7/1912
7152Letterbook 21/3/1910 25/3/1914
10882Ledgers 1/2/1911 31/12/1916
10910Committee Minute Book 7/2/1911 30/9/1936
10894Letterbook of the Joint Fire Brigades Board 15/11/1911 10/1/1917
10885Letterbooks 21/10/1913 31/12/1924
10898Correspondence, Cases and Reports 1/1/1917 31/12/1917
10919Ledgers 1/11/1918 31/12/1930
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 13/4/1909 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 10/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
248Housing and Local Government Department 7/12/1989 24/9/1992
10727Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation 26/2/2004 15/3/2008
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1909, Vol. XCII, No. 82, p. 1019
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,
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
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Charters Towers Town was proclaimed a City on 13 April 1909, and the Charters Towers Town Council became the Charters Towers City Council.

The functions and powers of City Councils under the consolidated and amended "Local Authoritiies Act of 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.

Under the "Local Authorities Act of 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 2002 there were 12 divisional Councillors in the Cairns City Council. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

On 15 March 2008 Charters Towers City amalgamated with Dalrymple Shire to form the Charters Towers Region.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2099, Charters Towers City Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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