The NSW Government has launched a new website to showcase the great work of the State’s 128 local councils.
Your Council website – www.yourcouncil.nsw.gov.au – allows ratepayers to access comprehensive statistics on the operations of their local council and the profile of their local community including:
Council expenditure in a range of areas including roads, bridges, footpaths, libraries, recreation and culture, community services, and the environment
Community facilities including the number of swimming pools, public halls, and libraries as well as the length of roads and amount of open space
Key operational information including council staffing levels and average rates and charges
Demographic information about the local population and councillors as well as economic statistics including the unemployment rate, average income, and number of businesses.
The data for each council is also benchmarked against the average for like councils so ratepayers can compare how their council is travelling.
The new website also celebrates the sheer size and scale of our councils as a whole with a Statewide snapshot of the NSW local government sector.
The one-stop-shop for local government is a valuable resource for residents, ratepayers and the general community, as well as councillors, council staff, local government peak bodies, researchers, academics and State Government agencies.
The website draws on data already collected by the Office of Local Government (OLG) from NSW councils and other agencies and presents it in an easy to understand and user friendly way. It will be updated annually as new data becomes available.
OLG will continue to work with local councils to further develop the website’s functionality. It will also help guide development of a new Performance Measurement Framework with consistent benchmarks for all NSW councils.
Your Council website fast facts on NSW councils (2017-18)
- There are 128 councils in NSW represented by 1,293 councillors
- Collectively they employ 44,936 staff
- NSW councils spend $11.379 billion providing infrastructure, facilities and services for local communities
- They maintain 165,213km of roads
- Councils control assets with a total value of $150.7 billion
- There are 460 public pools and 1,835 community halls in NSW.
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