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Agency ID321
TitleBauhinia Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 15/3/2008
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
10442Ratepayers' List - Bauhinia Shire Council 1/1/1903 31/12/1913
10336Attendance Book 31/3/1903 13/12/1906
5921Rate Books - Bauhinia Divisional Board / Bauhinia Shire Council 1/4/1903 3/11/1908
17153Minute Book - Finance Committee 1/4/1903 13/9/1912
5945Valuation and Rate Books - Bauhinia Divisional Board / Bauhinia Shire Council 1/4/1903 9/5/1913
10337Minute Books 1/4/1903 13/9/1968
6050Accounts Ledgers 1/1/1904 1/1/1910
10338Committees' Minute Book 1/4/1904 9/12/1916
17152Ranger's Stock Book 1/4/1909 9/4/1911
6051Dipping Registers 3/1/1911 27/12/1922
17159Sanitary Service Fees Cashbook - Bauhinia Shire Council 1/1/1918 28/2/1923
17157Licensed Gates Cash Book 3/1/1918 23/4/1918
17156Licence Fees Cash Book [Bauhinia] 3/1/1918 5/12/1922
17154Dipping Fees Cash Book 5/1/1918 24/2/1923
17160Licensed Gates Register 18/5/1918 27/2/1923
17158Sanitary Register - Bauhinia Shire Council 12/6/1918 31/12/1922
17161Works Register 1/8/1926 30/6/1950
16624Miscellaneous Files 3/10/1965 28/5/1992
17162Contract Register 1/1/1973 31/12/1984
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Controlling Agencies

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

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
320Bauhinia Divisional Board
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Subsequent Agencies

Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Local Government Act of 1902
Queensland Government Gazette VOL CLVII, No 157, 13 Dec 1941 p1998
Queensland Government Gazette Vol CCXCII, No 117, 7 Dec 1989 p2479
Local Government (Areas) Regulation 2008
"What's happened to my Council", Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2008, vol. 1, pp. 14 - 26
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Government Act of 1902
Local Government Act 1993
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The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Bauhinia Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Bauhinia 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 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.

Under the “Local Government Act 1993” and through local laws, Councils: 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, service charges, grants and subsidies from state and federal governments, and loans for major projects.

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, Bauhinia, Emerald, Peak Downs and Duaringa Shires amalgamated to form the Central Highlands Region.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID321, Bauhinia Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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