Smiles, Beats & Treats – Find out what is happening in your local community
Have you ever considered how everyday life is improved by the many services councils provide? From the roads you drive on, to the parks your children play in, South Australian councils are part of your everyday.
You can also find out what is happening in your local community with the Local Government Association of South Australia’s My Local Services app or by using this webpage: https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/sacouncil-events-list
South Australian councils invest millions of dollars each year in services and facilities that make everyday life in your community a little better. These services and facilities make your local community vibrant, clean and safe. As part of this, local councils look after about $22 billion worth of public assets. Some of these services you probably rarely think about, but you’d miss them if they weren’t there.
Councils rely on your rates to pay for these services. An average household contributes around $3.50 per day in council rates. In return, South Australian councils provide a huge range of arts and cultural, environmental and infrastructure, sports and health services.
Swings, Rides & Slides
What about taking the kids to the playground? Kicking a ball around the park? Throwing a few snags on the public BBQ? South Australian councils maintain thousands of parks and playgrounds across the State.
Councils also operate recreation and community centres, hosting everything from indoor cricket to roller-skating. What about a spot of fishing? You could throw a line in from one of the dozens of jetties maintained by SA’s beachside councils. Or cool off at a council operated swimming pool.
Perhaps you’re involved with one of the hundreds of sporting clubs based in council-owned facilities. It’s estimated that local government in Australia spends more on sport and recreation than state and federal government combined.
Read more about some of the fabulous playgrounds here.
Runs, Walks & Rides
Councils maintain local roads, bike lanes, walking and cycling trails. They also provide street lighting and park benches.
In fact, South Australian councils invested $341million (17% of their combined annual budgets) in road maintenance in 2014/15, plus $134 million on street lighting, stormwater management and environmental services.
CLICK HERE to find out what’s available in your council area
Walks, Parks & Barks
Next time you walk your furry friend, think about the council services that make it more enjoyable – footpaths, street crossings, walking trails, dog parks, and even special bags for Rover’s business!
Many councils offer programs to encourage responsible pet ownership, including dog obedience and owner education programs and microchipping vouchers/days. Pet registration enables councils to quickly identify lost animals and reunite them with their owners. Last year SA councils returned over 8,000 animals to relieved families. These services are mostly funded through dog registration fees, but in many cases are subsidised by council rates.
CLICK HERE to find out what types of services #sacouncils provide in your council area
Friends, Books & Nooks
Libraries are important community meeting places, offering free internet and computer access, as well as book, CD and DVD lending. But libraries are no longer just about books. They’ve become one of our favourite places to meet with many incorporating cafés and meeting rooms used by a huge variety of community groups.
Many also host Justice of the Peace services, lend out toys, computer tablets, and sometimes even garden equipment. Libraries run programs like story time, summer reading clubs, English as a second language, online gaming, digital literacy courses and book discussion groups.
SA Councils operate 100 libraries and co-fund another 40 school based, joint-use libraries in rural and remote areas . Combined, councils invested $127million in the provision of libraries and cultural services last financial year (supported by $18.5million of State Government funding).
More than 600,000 South Australians are active members of the acclaimed one-card library network, and between them they borrowed more than 15 million items each year.
To find out more about your local council library visit their website.
CLICK HERE to find your local council’s website
WIN a Weekend Escape at at a participating SA Council owned Caravan Park.
SA Councils is also offering you the chance to WIN a Weekend Escape at at a participating SA Council owned Caravan Park. Simply tell SA Councils where your Favourite SA Holiday Destination is.
My Local Services App
The My Local Services App can link to web pages on the local SA Council website to inform you of upcoming events and other services your local council may be promoting including events, what bin to put out on what night, grants for sporting clubs and youth service activities and more.
CLICK HERE to download the app
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Local Government of South Australia website or keep up to date via their Facebook Page
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