Agency Details

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Agency ID349
TitleBowen Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 6/2/1960
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
18785Minute Books 6/2/1960 16/3/1960
18784Minute Books 6/2/1960 18/3/1960
10793Documents of Agreement, Contract, Indenture and Lease 6/2/1960 19/7/1966
21046Auditor's Book - Wangaratta Shire Council/Bowen Shire Council 6/2/1960 25/11/1988
18786Minute Books 14/4/1960 12/3/2008
21045Inwards Correspondence Registers - Bowen Shire Council 9/4/1965 29/5/1984
19421Minutes and Reports 7/11/1965 14/12/1992
19953Election Papers 31/3/1973 31/3/1973
19937Rate Books - Bowen Shire Council 1/7/1976 31/12/1998
19935Works Agendas 9/1/1985 7/7/1995
19932Health and Planning Committee Agendas - Bowen Shire Council 15/1/1985 7/7/1994
19933Finance and Executive Committee Agendas - Bowen Shire Council 21/1/1985 18/7/1994
19952Register of Pecuniary Interests 25/2/1985 25/2/1985
19931Special Meeting Agendas - Bowen Shire Council 11/4/1985 8/7/1993
19934Agendas - Bowen Shire Council 25/8/1986 12/3/2008
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
231Local Government Department I 6/2/1960 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

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11036Whitsunday 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 Government Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 6 Feb 1960, Vol. CCIII, No. 44, p 477
Queensland Government Gazette 7 Dec 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2479
"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 1936
Local Government Act 1993

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Bowen Shire was established on 6 Feb 1960 from the Town of Bowen and the Shire of Wangaratta.

Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, 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, Bowen Shire amalgamated with Whitsunday Shire to form the Whitsunday Region.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID349, Bowen Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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