Got plans for the weekend? What about taking the kids (or grand-kids) to the playground?
Kicking a ball around at the park and throwing a few snags on the public BBQ?
Or grabbing your togs for a dip in the local pool?
Have you ever considered how everyday life is improved by the many services councils provide?
South Australian councils maintain thousands of parks and playgrounds across the State for the enjoyment of local residents.
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.
As well as providing special dog-off-leash parks, South Australian councils manage hundreds of local parks and playgrounds, and maintain thousands of kilometers of walking trails.
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.
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.
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!
What about local roads, bike lanes, walking and cycling trails? 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.
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.
To find out what’s available in your council area visit your council website .