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Agency ID343
TitleBoonah Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 16/10/1937
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
18659Contract Ledgers 16/3/1937 30/11/1942
18656Rate Cash Books - General Rates 16/10/1937 28/10/1938
18658Special Loan Rates Cash Book 16/10/1937 28/10/1938
18667Lighting Account Rates Cash Book 16/10/1937 22/12/1938
18662Register of Miscellaneous Loans and Accounts 16/10/1937 30/6/1952
18655General Cash Books 16/10/1937 31/12/1956
18669Valuation and Rate Books 16/10/1937 28/6/1957
18388General Ledgers 16/10/1937 1/7/1957
18671Register of Council Minutes 13/5/1946 24/5/1955
20355Elections Administration including Declaration of Poll 7/2/1949 4/5/1955
18663Commonwealth Grant Account Books 1/7/1952 30/11/1962
18670Plant Register 1/7/1953 3/7/1963
18666Plans and Subdivisions Register 1/9/1954 31/10/1954
18660Water Undertaking Fund - Council Stores Issue Book Dissection 2/7/1959 14/6/1963
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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
11066Goolman Shire Council
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11034Scenic Rim Regional Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 16 Oct 1937, Vol. CXLIX, No. 100, p 1078
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 7 Dec 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2479
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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The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Boonah Shire was established by change of name from Goolman Shire.on 16 Oct 1937.

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.

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, Boonah Shire amalgamated with the southern rural areas of Beaudesert Shire and Harrisville/Peak Crossing area from Ipswich City to form the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID343, Boonah Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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