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Agency ID6064
TitleHervey Bay City Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 18/2/1984
End Date 15/3/2008
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
21240Burial Registers - Polson, Howard and Nikenbah Cemeteries 18/2/1984 13/10/1994
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
231Local Government Department I 18/2/1984 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 26/4/2004 15/3/2008
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11877Hervey Bay Town Council
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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, 18 Feb 1984, Vol. CCLXXV, No. 31, p. 588
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 Local Government Act 1902
Abolishing Local Government Reform Implementation Act 2007
Administered Local Government Act 1902
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
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Hervey Bay City was constituted on 7 January 1905 and Hervey Bay Town Council became Hervey Bay City Council.

The functions and powers of City 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.
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.

In the 2000s City 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 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 2005 there were 8 councillors in the Toowoomba City Council. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

On 15 March 2008 Hervey Bay City amalgamated with Maryborough City and Woocoo Shire and Divisions 1 and 2 of Tiaro Shire to form the Fraser Coast Region.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID6064, Hervey Bay City Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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