Local elections 2019

Is it local councils' job to solve homelessness and curb gambling, fight climate change, support education initiatives or stimulate business growth in the CBD? Where once the public expected councils to primarily build and maintain infrastructure and ensure community facilities are serviced, now social issues command public conversation and many local councils are diverting time and resources to addressing them. Does the public know what is within local councils' jurisdiction and has the role of councils changed in recent years? Journalist Stephanie Arthur-Worsop reports.

If you were stopped in the street and asked what your local council was meant to

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Candidates say: Should it be local government's role to address social issues in the district? Why/Why not?