What is Local Government?

Local Government is the third sphere of government. There are currently 152 Councils in NSW operating under the Local Government Act (NSW) 1993. A Council can be made up of a suburb, a town, and the surrounding rural area. 

Councils work for their community by:

  • Providing a wide range of services and facilities, and giving support to many others.
  • Protecting the community, making sure their environment is safe and clean.
  • Preventing things that would harm the community, eg disease, noise and pollution.
  • Planning for the future of the community.
  • Representing needs/desires of communities to other governments and organisations.

What do Councils do?

Councils control functions such as garbage, local roads, buildings, parks and libraries, youth services, planning and the environment as well as many other services. Councils work with Federal and State Governments in areas like natural disaster control and repair.

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