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.

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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.

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)

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