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What Do Councils Do?


Local Government represents the community.  As the closest level of government to the people, it is in a unique position to identify community needs and make sure that those needs are met in the most appropriate way.  No two councils are exactly the same and this difference is what makes Local Government so important to the people who live within each of Tasmania's 29 municipalities.

Most people recognise that Councils provide a diverse range of services, but few people understand quite how wide and diverse the range of services really is!  The services provided by your Council are determined in response to the needs and priorities of the local community.  Whereas Local Governments have traditionally focussed on the provision of essential infrastructure such as roads, and municipal services such as waste removal, the past few decades have seen Councils become increasingly involved in delivering less traditional services. 

For example, Councils now provide a range services and facilities to promote recreation, health and wellbeing.  They also fulfil public health and amenity responsibilities, such as inspecting cafes, shops and manufacturing premises to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.  They provide community services such as child care and immunisations, and organise exciting events and festivals for the benefit of the community.

In order to provide such a diverse range of services, councils in Tasmania employ over 4,550 people with a variety of skills such as clerical staff, waste collectors, computer operators and accountants. Some councils employ specialist staff such as town planners, traffic engineers, horticulturalists and builders to help with designing and managing public areas such as streets, gardens and public buildings. Other councils employ youth workers and community development officers to provide services to meet specific social needs within the local community.

Councils encourage and attract economic expansion in the community.  Local planning decisions shape and support commercial growth, opportunities and investment, which are all integral to the wellbeing and future of Tasmania's local communities.  Councils consult widely and prepare strategic management plans in response, which then guide their annual programs.

Below are some of the key services that Councils provide in Tasmania:

Local Roads


  • Road construction and maintenance

  • Street Lighting

  • Traffic Lights

  • Road and Direction Signage

  • Pavements

  • Guttering

  • Traffic Calming

  • Safety Barriers

  • Bridge construction and maintenance

   Local Roads


Recycling and Waste Management


Recycling and Waste Management




  •  Rubbish Collection

  •  Recycling and Household waste services

  •  Hard and green waste collection services

  •  Transfer Station management

  •  Promote waste management and minimisation





Recreation and Sport


  • Public health inspections of commercial premises

  • Sporting ovals, courts, parks and public reserves

  • Public swimming pools

  • Sports fields, recreation halls

  • Community halls

  • Community arts facilities

   Health and Well Being

In summary, Councils around Tasmania provide a wide range of services to their local communities, including:
  • Road construction and maintenance
  • Street lighting
  • Traffic Lights
  • Pavements
  • Bridges
  • Car Parking
  • Rubbish collection
  • Recycling and household waste services
  • Stormwater drainage
  • Reticulated potable water
  • Some traffic or parking regulations
  • Planning and building services
  • Public health inspections of commercial premises
  • Sporting ovals, courts, parks and public reserves
  • Public swimming pools
  • Sports fields, recreation halls
  • Community halls
  • Community arts facilities
  • Community services e.g. child care, immunisation
  • Youth and seniors services
  • Community festivals and events
  • Economic development and tourism
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Conservation and energy efficiency initiatives


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