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YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL

IN YOUR COMMUNITY

The range of services provided by your local council is in direct response to the needs and priorities of your local community. A council's geographical location, size, development and growth plans, and population profile all come into play.

Mostly councils decide what services they will provide locally, however there are some services which councils are required to provide by legislation. These include:

  • planning and development services, including building assessment;
  • some environmental health services, such as monitoring cooling towers for Legionnaire's Disease;
  • fire prevention (some building inspection, and some bushfire prevention planning functions are a duty, others are discretionary);
  • dog and cat management;
  • some administrative requirements, such as preparing strategic plans for the area, maintaining an office, employing a chief executive officer and supporting the elected Council.

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Services that your local council may provide include

  • Town planning and building assessment
  • Employment and training programs
  • Economic development
  • Environmental health
  • Dog and cat management
  • Pest and weed control
  • Road construction and maintenance
  • Footpath construction and maintenance
  • Street lighting
  • Rubbish collection
  • Stormwater drainage
  • Traffic and parking regulations
  • Sporting fields, courts and facilities
  • Public swimming pools
  • Halls
  • Cemeteries
  • Arts and cultural programs
  • Youth advisory services, programs and activities
  • Coastal care
  • Recycling
  • Tourism information and support
  • Information services
  • Parks, reserves and picnic areas
  • Caravan parks
  • Airports
  • Aged care
  • Crime prevention
  • Festivals and events
  • Food safety inspections
  • Water and waste water (sewerage)

Visit your council's website to find out what services they provide and what is happening in your community.

 

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