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Agency ID299
TitleAtherton Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 15/2/1935
End Date 15/3/2008
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services outside of major urban areas

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 15/2/1935 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
231Local Government Department I 1/10/1990 1/12/1995
249Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning 24/9/1992 26/2/1996
10727Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation 26/2/2004 15/3/2008
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Remarks

Information Sources

Local Government Act of 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 7 Dec 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p2479
Local Government (Areas) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1
"What's happened to my Council", Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2008, vol. 1, pp. 14 - 26
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Legislation

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Administered Local Authorities Act of 1902
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Atherton Shire Council was established by change of name from Tinaroo Shire on 16 Feb 1935.


FUNCTIONS:
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.


ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
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.

ABOLITION:
On 15 March 2008, Atherton Shire amalgamated with Eacham, Herberton and Mareeba Shires to form the Tablelands Region.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID299, Atherton Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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