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What Councils Do


It’s your typical day off – it’s not even lunchtime and you’ve already been for a swim at the beach or pool, enjoyed a walk along the local jetty or in your local park, and are heading home, riding along the roads and bike paths. You call into the library, log on to the internet, or borrow some books and CD’s....continuing home, you pass a game of footy at the local sports field, where people are making use of the BBQ facilities to cook up a quick lunch, while kids play in the adjacent playground.

This scenario demonstrates just a small part of what your local council does for you.

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.



Local government in Queensland spends $1.8 billion on community amenities, housing, public safety programs, educational and health services each year. This expenditure accounts for almost a quarter (23%) of all local government general expenses, highlighting the commitment made from local government to the needs of people across diverse communities.

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
  • Support and services for migrant and refugee residents
  • 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.

About Local Government

Councils represent the interests of everyone in the community, so it is important for councils to work together with their ratepayers to decide what is needed for the community. There are many ways you can participate, even if you are not a councillor or an employee of council. You can attend council meetings, inspect public documents such as the corporate plan, or discuss your ideas with your local councillor. Contact your council to see how you can help influence the growth and prosperity of your community.

Find more information about local government in Queensland