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Agency ID319
TitleBarron Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 20/12/1919
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
4668Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1903 31/1/1918
4669Rates Cash Books 31/3/1903 26/2/1920
4670Register of Properties Sold - Barron Shire Council 11/1/1905 11/7/1912
5912Minute Book 20/2/1905 13/7/1909
4714Cash Books 31/12/1908 26/2/1920
4710General Ledgers 1/1/1912 31/12/1919
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 20/12/1919
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
318Barron Divisional Board
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act of 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 20 Dec 1919, Vol. CXIII, Vol. 327, p 2227
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Establishing Local Authorities Acts 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act of 1902-1917
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The Local Authorities Act 1902 abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Barron Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Barron Shire Council on 31 Mar 1903.

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, street lighting, etc.

Council also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic. Increased powers were given to Council by subsequent local government legislation, for example, in the areas of public health, building regulation, town planning and the environment, public utilities and business undertakings.

The Council was also responsible for administering the Local Fund, and until 1944, for valuing properties within the Shire for the purpose of determining and collecting rates, which together with endowments and loans formed its revenue base. The general powers of Council were exercised through the passing of by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.

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.

Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 20 Dec 1919

Barron Shire Council was abolished on 20 Dec 1919 to become part of Cairns and Woothakata Shire Councils.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID319, Barron Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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