Burrum Shire was renamed Hervey Bay Shire on 20 December 1975.
Under the Local Government Act 1936, the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, street lighting, public health services (such as immunisations), 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.
The Shire Council included a chairman 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 including a Shire Clerk 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.
Hervey Bay Shire became Hervey Bay Town on 10 September 1977.
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 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Local Government and Conservation, 26 Sep 1963 - 29 May 1969
Minister for Local Government and Marine Activities, 29 May 1969 - 4 Sep 1969
Minister for Local Government and Electricity, 4 Sep 1969 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Local Government and Main Roads, 23 Dec 1974 - 10 Sep 1977