Thuringowa Shire was proclaimed Thuringowa City on 1 Jan 1986 following a request by the Council.
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.
In 2007 Thuringowa City was divided into two divisions and was represented by 10 Councillors and a Mayor. Several Standing Committees made up of various Councillors reported to the Council. The Chief Executive Officer was responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.
Minister for Local Government, Main Roads and Racing, 1 Jan 1986 - 9 Dec 1987
Minister for Local Government and Racing, 9 Dec 1987 - 25 Sep 1989
Minister for Local Government, 25 Sep 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Minister for Housing and Local Government, 7 Dec 1989 - 24 Sep 1992
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning, 24 Sep 1992 - 26 Feb 1996
Minister for Local Government and Planning, 26 Feb 1996 - 29 Jun 1998
Minister for Local Government, Planning, Regional and Rural Communities, 29 Jun 1998 - 16 Dec 1999
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 - 13 Sep 2006
Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport, 13 Sep 2006 - 15 Mar 2008
Thuringowa City amalgamated with Townsville City on 15 March 2008