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Why do we need local government?
Government exists to provide the order, rules and regulations we need to live harmoniously as a community. Local government is generally known as a Council. Councils work to support the community’s social, environmental, and economic well-being.
Rules?! We know... boring! But imagine if there were no rules! How would your household run with no rules? How would games be played? Image the chaos of trying to drive to school or work with no road rules!
If everyone in our community was allowed to do exactly as they pleased, without any care or consideration for how their actions might affect others or the environment, it would be total mayhem. This is where our Council steps in to save the day!
Council has the authority to make important decisions and regulate rules to determine what is best for the general wellbeing, happiness, safety and prosperity of our community.
Aside from creating the rules that help our community thrive, the Council also makes decisions around how we can use local resources to provide the best possible lifestyle and experience for those living in and visiting our area.
Australia has three types of Government that can make these types of decisions. They are known as Commonwealth, State and Local government.
Find out more below!