A Council's principal purpose is to deliver appropriate local services in a friendly and efficient manner. The organisation has a responsibility to serve the community with integrity and diligence. A Council can positively influence local conditions and the daily lives of residents, workers and visitors by effectively planning the range of services and resources it provides.
Included within Council's areas of responsibility are town planning, the supervision of building codes, the construction and maintenance of local roads, streets and bridges, local area traffic management, public health, environmental protection, waste and sanitary services, community recreational facilities, services for young people and people with a disability, State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service, economic development and libraries.
Local Councils receive their powers from the State Government and are influenced by other State Authorities, most notably Planning NSW and Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA). While these bodies act largely in an advisory capacity, their Ministers do have certain discretionary powers.
The Hills Shire Council's General Manager is Mr Dave Walker.
For more information about Council click on the following links:
Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors
Information on Local Government Election 2012
Wards and Boundaries
Virtual Tour of Council's Customer Service Centre (and surrounding buildings) featuring the Council Chamber
Learn About Council (Council Clues Educational Resources)
The Hills Shire Council Organisational Structure Chart (82.43kB)
Register of Political Donations declared on Development Applications Submissions (53.44kB)
For further information about the role of Local Government in NSW, visit the Department of Local Government's website at: http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/.
Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) believes that a constitutional referendum empowering the Commonwealth to directly fund local government is essential and would put beyond doubt its ability to fund vital local projects. For more information visit their website.