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Local governments are elected to provide effective services for the benefit of the whole community.

Accountability to the community

Local governments' are accountable to the local community for their decisions, actions and services. Elected local government representatives are also accountable to the local community for the way they behave in carrying out their local government responsibilities

How local government decisions are made — council meetings

Meetings are the principal decision-making forum for local governments and most decisions are taken in full local government and committee meetings.

Local government local laws

Your local government can make local laws to deal with a broad range of issues in your community.

Local government assistance to community organisations

Local governments can provide grant assistance directly to community organisations. Learn more about council's responsibility for notifying the community of available grants, how they can use discretionary funds and how to apply for a grant.