- 1900-01-01 - (Creation)
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The work of the Department of Local Government consisted of general supervision and guidance of the activities of local authorities, by-laws, holding of auditing accounts, perusing of alterations, recommending approval of some appointments.
Following on from recommendations handed down by the Machinery of Government Taskforce, the functions of the Department of Local Government were merged with the regional functions of the former Department of Commerce and Trade on 1 July 2001 to form a new department - the Department of Local Government and Regional Development.
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Annual returns from Municipalities within Western Australia listing the elected members. Completed returns were sent to the Under Secretary for Public Works (later the Under Secretary for Labour and Works, then the Department of Local Government) where they were bound in large volumes.
Each return records; the name of the elected member, the ward (country/town) they represent, their occupation, the number of votes they received, the date they are due to retire from the Municipal Council, how the vacancy of the position occurred, the name of the previous member and further remarks.
The volumes also record the existing members of the Municipal Council, the Ratepayer's Auditor elected and the list of candidates not elected.
The volumes received by the State Records Office commence at volume 10, which would indicate that that there were previous volumes that covered a period back to c. 1900. These earlier volumes have not been located.