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Agency ID322
TitleBeaudesert Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 8/8/1903
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
20818Minute Books 8/8/1903 12/10/1903
20757Cash Books 8/8/1903 31/5/1910
18624General Correspondence [Tabragalba/Beaudesert Shire Council, Logan Shire Council] 8/8/1903 31/12/1975
18652Parish Maps 8/8/1903 31/12/1988
4983Minute Books 8/8/1903 31/12/2005
4978Valuation and Rate Books/Cards - Beaudesert Shire Council 1/1/1911 30/6/1985
4992Attendance Books 1/1/1917 31/12/1966
5953Beaudesert Cemetery Registers 5/8/1937 25/8/2000
6457Correspondence re Disposal of Beaudesert Tramway's Assets 1/1/1944 31/12/1957
6456General Correspondence - Beaudesert Tramway Committe 1/1/1944 31/12/1957
4991North Tamborine Cemetery Register 31/5/1949 4/6/1968
5962Wonglepong Cemetery Register of Graves 31/5/1949 14/2/1997
5963Canungra Cemetery Register of Graves 31/5/1949 14/1/2000
5961North Tamborine Cemetery Register of Graves 31/5/1949 25/8/2000
4988Maps and Plans Book 1/1/1960 31/12/1973
20354Council Property Register 1/1/1960 31/12/1978
4990Pound Keeper's Book - Beaudesert Shire Council 1/1/1960 31/12/1983
18654Financial Statements and Budget Estimates 1/7/1964 30/6/1978
5958Rates Received Sheets (Ledger) - Beaudesert Shire Council 1/7/1965 30/6/1966
5950Logan Village Cemetery Records 2/9/1976 8/9/2000
5957Park House Cemetery Register of Graves 1/1/1985 23/8/2000
21159Maclean Cemetery Records 15/1/1985 15/3/2008
5964Chambers Flat Cemetery Records 10/7/1985 15/3/2008
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 8/8/1903 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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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1903, Vol LXXXI, No 35, p 267
Queensland Government Gazette 1912, Vol XCIX, No 145, p. 1399
Queensland Government Gazette 1929, Vol CXXXIII, No 61, p. 801
Local Government and Planning Department, "Local Government", viewed 6 Jun 2004,
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

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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1993
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Under the provisions of the "Local Authorities Act of 1902", an Order in Council dated 6 August 1903 altered the name of the Shire of Tabragalba to the Shire of Beaudesert. Part of the Shire became Beaudesert Town on 23 Nov 1912 but reverted to the Shire on 14 Sep 1929. Tamborine and Waterford Shires were abolished in 1948 and amalgamated with Beaudesert and the new Beaudesert Shire began operation in 1949.

The functions and powers of Shire 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.
Shire 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 Shire 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,

Under the "Local Government Act 1993" Shire 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 1902" Shire 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" Shire Councils consist of a mayor and at least 5 councillors. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

Following recommendations of the Local Government Reform Commission Report 2007 regarding the re-structuring of local government in Queensland, on 15 March 2008, the southern rural areas of the Beaudesert Shire including the town of Beaudesert, amalgamated with Boonah Shire and the Harrisville/Peak Crossing area from Ipswich City to form the Scenic Rim Region while the northern urban areas of Beaudesert Shire amalgamated with Logan City Council.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID322, Beaudesert Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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