This year Local Government Week is celebrated from 3-9 August and sees councils across NSW host a range of great events and activities to showcase their day-to-day work for the community. A highlight of the week is the Local Government Week Awards which celebrates exceptional work done by councils across the state.
Local Government Week provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of councils to the community including residents, ratepayers and businesses.
This year's theme 'Active All Areas' reflects the need for councils to engage with communities which may differ by age, culture and race. It also reflects the need for councils to ensure those communities have physical accessibility and support.
- Local Government is one of the biggest industries in NSW, employing more than 50,000 staff
- Councils own and manage a range of different local facilities including sportsgrounds, skate parks, swimming pools, gardens, parks, stadiums, regional art galleries, tennis courts, museums and theatres. Some councils also manage cemeteries, airports, caravan parks, and shopping centres
- Council services include waste management, water and sewerage, youth and aged, planning, environmental management, cultural development, public health and safety, and more. Over 140,000km of local roads are maintained by NSW councils.