Agency Details

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Agency ID6061
TitleTownsville City 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 in urban areas.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
18577Register of Vehicle Licence Fees Received 31/3/1903 15/4/1903
18571Ratepayers' Lists 31/3/1903 31/12/1908
18573Cash Books 31/3/1903 31/12/1921
18572Ledgers 31/3/1903 31/12/1928
18570Valuation Registers 31/3/1903 31/12/1958
18587Rate Books and Cards 31/3/1903 31/12/1990
18575Register of Rented Residential Premises 1/1/1940 31/12/1960
18576Cafe Regulations Register 1/1/1955 31/12/1961
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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
10727Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation 26/2/2004 26/3/2009
10848Department of Infrastructure and Planning 26/3/2009 21/2/2011
11320Department of Local Government and Planning 21/2/2011 3/4/2012
11460Department of Local Government (II) 3/4/2012 4/2/2013
11552Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience 4/2/2013 16/2/2015
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Authorities Acts 1902-1923
Local Government Act 1936-1990
Local Government Act 1993
Queensland Government Gazette 1923, Vol CXXI, No 122, p. 1108
Queensland Government Gazette 1995, Vol. CCCVIII, No. 67, p. 1381
Local Government and Planning Department Web-site 2002,
Harris, C.P., 1978, "Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland 1859 to 1977", Canberra, Centre for Research on Federal Financial Relations, A.N.U.
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
Local Government Act 2009

Local Government Act 2009
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Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", Part II, s.10, Townsville was declared a City and the Townsville City Council established on 31 March 1903.

The functions and powers of City Councils under the consolidated and amended "Local Authoritiies Act of 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.
City 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 City 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.

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.

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 of 1902" City 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" City Councils consist of a mayor and at least 5 councillors. In 2002 there were 12 divisional Councillors in the Cairns City Council. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

On 15 March 2008 Townsville City Council merged with Thuringow City Council. The new City is an undivided area with 13 councillors including the mayor.

Minister for Local Government and Planning, 16 Dec 1999 - 11 Mar 2004
Minister for Local Government and Planning and Women, 11 Mar 2004 - 25 Aug 2004
Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women, 25 Aug 2004 -

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID6061, Townsville City Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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