Local elections 2019

Is it the local council's job to solve homelessness and curb gambling? Fight climate change? Support education initiatives? 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 the role of local councils is and has it 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 do for

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