Parks, reserves and sporting facilities

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 or cool off at a council operated swimming pool.

As well as providing special dog-off-leash parks, South Australian councils also manage hundreds of local parks and playgrounds, and maintain thousands of kilometres 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. Councils fund and support the Dogs and Cats Online system which records the details of all dogs and cats in SA, and allows owners to log in to keep their contact and registration, microchipping and desexing details up to date. This tool helps people understand their obligations as responsible owners, and is the best way to have you pet speedily returned if it strays or is lost. Each year South Australian councils return thousands of lost animals to relieved families.

Councils are also responsible for investigating dog attacks and taking action against irresponsible pet owners, and play an important role in keeping communities safe.

These services are mostly funded through dog registration fees, but in many cases are also 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 .