The Role of Council

As outlined in the Local Government Act Council have the following roles

Principal role of a Council

(a) to act as a representative, informed and responsible decision-maker in the interests of its constituency; and
(b) to develop a strong and cohesive social life for its residents and allocate resources in a fair, socially inclusive, and sustainable way; and
(c) to provide and coordinate public facilities and services; and
(d) to encourage and develop initiatives for improving quality of life; and
(e) to represent the interests of its area to the wider community; and
(f) to exercise and perform the powers and functions of local government assigned to the council under this Act and other Acts.

Functions of a Council

(a) to plan for the future requirements of its area for local government services;
(b) to provide services and facilities for the benefit of its area, its residents and visitors;
(c) to provide for the interests and well-being of individuals and groups within the council area;
(d) to carry out measures to protect its area from natural and other hazards and to mitigate the effects of such hazards;
(e) to manage and develop council facilities and services in its area in a sustainable way;
(f) to manage and develop for the benefit of its area all the resources available to the council;
(g) other functions assigned to the council under this or any other Act

The functions of a council may (if the council chooses to perform them) include the following:

(a) to promote its area as a location for appropriate industries or commerce or as an attractive tourist destination;
(b) to establish or support organisations or programs that benefit the council area.

Objectives of a Council

(a) to provide open, responsive and accountable government at the local level;
(b) to be responsive to the needs, interests and aspirations of individuals and groups within its area;
(c) to cooperate with Territory and National governments in the delivery of services for the benefit of its area;
(d) to seek to ensure a proper emphasis on environmentally sustainable development within its area and a proper balance between economic, social, environmental and cultural considerations;
(e) to place a high value on the importance of service to the council's constituency;
(f) to seek to ensure that council resources are used fairly, effectively and efficiently;
(g) to seek to provide services, facilities and programs that are appropriate to the needs of its area and to ensure equitable access to its services, facilities and programs;
(h) generally to act at all times in the best interests of the community as a whole.