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Agency ID557
TitleCarpentaria Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date Current
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
10855Rate Cash Book 31/3/1903 9/4/1912
10858Rate Books 31/3/1903 31/12/1913
10859Valuation Registers 31/3/1903 31/12/1913
10857Letterbooks 31/3/1903 15/9/1914
10853Committee Minute Book 31/3/1903 24/9/1914
10856Minute Books 31/3/1903 15/5/1916
18384Letterbooks 8/1/1910 26/4/1911
18383Rate Cash Books 8/1/1910 31/12/1911
18382Valuation Registers 8/1/1910 31/12/1913
10868Draft Minutes 6/4/1915 4/5/1915
10871Statements of Finance 4/9/1919 2/9/1930
10870Correspondence 1/12/1919 31/8/1930
10862Register of Demands 1/4/1920 31/12/1932
10867Register of Cargo Short or Surplus 16/4/1920 31/8/1921
10860Register of Freight 16/4/1920 31/12/1924
10866Reports 1/6/1922 23/9/1936
10864Pay Book 1/5/1923 30/11/1938
10865Correspondence 1/1/1929 31/12/1930
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Information Sources

Local Government Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 8 Jan 1910, Vol XCIV, No.5, p.37
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, Planning, Sport and Recreation Department "What Councils Do", viewed 20 Mar 2007,
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1993
Local Government Act 2009

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The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Carpentaria Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Carpentaria Shire Council. In 1910 the area of the Town of Normanton was included in the Shire of Carpentaria.

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, 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.

Local Government Councils under the "Local Government Act 1993" and subsequent "Local Government Act 2009" and 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.

Under the "Local Government Act 2009". local governments have " the power to do anything that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of its local government area" including conduct joint government activities, engage in business enterprises. construct and maintain roads and other infrastructure. Indigenous Councils which are also Trustee Councils are responsible for business related to trust land while Community Forums may be established to discuss community issues.

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.

In the 2000s, the Council consists of a mayor and councillors, with a Chief Executive Officer responsible for implementing the council's program. Councils raise funds through rates and charges, and from grants and subsidies, and loans

Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 5 Dec 1935 - 23 Dec 1941
Secretary for Public Works 23 Dec 1941 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Public Works, Housing and Local Government 15 May 1947 - 1 May 1952
Treasurer 1 May 1952 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Public Works and Local Government 12 Aug 1957 -

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Queensland State Archives Agency ID557, Carpentaria Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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