A to Z Council Services
Council provides services to help you and other members of the community in the way that you live, work and play. Councils across SA engage widely and prepare strategic management plans, which guide their annual programs. Services can vary greatly from one Council to another depending on the community expectations and the area’s location, geography and development patterns.
The 68 Councils in South Australia spend more than $1.7 billion a year, about half of which goes on roads and drainage, but also includes waste and recycling, sport, recreation and cultural activities and on library and information services. Many of our services, such as stormwater drainage, are largely invisible, but they may prevent flooding in local streets every year.
What Services do Councils provide?
Councils provide many services to the community, some of which are legislated and others which are provided by choice. Councils in South Australia operate under the Local Government Act 1999, the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 and many other pieces of legislation.
Council services required by legislation include:
- planning and development services
- environmental health services, control of public nuisances, monitoring of unsanitary conditions, food safety inspections
- fire prevention activities relating to buildings and land
- dog and cat management
- administrative requirements, including preparing and implementing strategic plans, maintaining an office, employing a Chief
- Executive Officer and supporting the elected Council
Services undertaken or funded by many Councils are done by choice and may include:
- Landcare (LAP)
- Starclub Program
- HACC – Home & Community Care (delivered through Tailem Bend Community Centre)