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Agency ID889
TitleGatton Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 3/9/1938
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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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 4/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 9/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 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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Information Sources

Local Government Act of 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 3 Sep 1938, Vol. CLI, No. 56, p. 794
Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. CLVII, No. 157, 13 Dec 1941, p. 1998
Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. CCXCII, No. 117, 7 Dec 1989, p. 2479
Queensland Government Gazette 1995, Vol. CCCVIII, No. 67, p. 1381
Local Government and Planning Department Web -site 2002,
Harris, C.P., Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland 1859 to 1977, Canberra, Centre for Research on Federal Financial Relations, A.N.U., 1978
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 N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Acts 1902
Local Government Act 1936
Local Government Act 1993
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The Shire of Gatton was created by name change from Tarampa Shire on 3 Sep 1938.

The functions and powers of Shire 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.
Shire 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 Councils ceased to distribute electricity. Other functions undertaken by Councils with other government instrumentalities have also ceased to be Council responsibilities including water supply, hospitals, fire brigades, ports and harbours, abattoirs and slaughterhouses,

In 2002 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 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 Councils consist of a mayor and at least 5 councillors. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Council.

On 15 March 2008, Gatton and Laidley Shires amalgamated to form the Lockyer Valley Region.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID889, Gatton Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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