Councils are responsible for managing their local area, planning for the future and creating a safe and healthy environment.

City of Marion does this by providing a range of services, facilities and programs which protect the well-being of people within their community, whilst ensuring equitable access by all residents and ratepayers.

The provision of services is one of the many ways that City of Marion responds to the needs of the community, with services provided being consistent with Marion's Strategic Directions.


What services do Council provide?

Every time you leave your home, you are using services provided by your Council. Some of the main services include local roads and drainage, waste and recycling management, library and information services, as well as recreation, sporting and cultural activities.

How are these services decided

The Local Government Act 1999 provides autonomy to Councils to determine policies with their communities about the nature and level of services provided. The range of services is in response to the needs and priorities determined by local communities.

Councils consult widely with the community and prepare strategic management plans in response, which guide their annual programs.


Councils must ensure that services are delivered in the most efficient and effective manner. Some of the services are statutory which means they are required by a law, and others are discretionary which means Councils choose to provide them.

Statutory services

Some of the statutory services which Council is required to provide by legislation include:

  • Land use planning, development and building control and assessment.
  • Environmental health (food and public health inspection).
  • Fire prevention (some building inspection and some bushfire prevention planning functions are a duty, others are discretionary).
  • Dog and cat management and control.
  • Parking control.
  • Domestic waste collection.
  • Some administrative requirements, such as preparing strategic plans for the area, maintaining an office, employing a Chief Executive Officer and supporting the Elected Council.

Discretionary services

Other discretionary services that Councils may provide include:

  • Aged care
  • Arts and cultural programs
  • Business support
  • Coastal care
  • Community leadership and advocacy
  • Community development programs
  • Community services for the elderly and people 
    with disabilities
  • Community buses
  • Community and leisure centres
  • Community art facilities
  • Control of pest animals and plants
  • Crime prevention
  • Cycling tracks
  • Dry zones
  • Employment/training programs
  • Economic development
  • Environmental management
  • Emergency management
  • Festivals and events
  • Food safety inspections
  • Immunisation services
  • Libraries with books and free internet
  • Local business directories
  • Local halls
  • Local heritage support
  • Monitoring of insanitary conditions
  • Parks, reserves and gardens
  • Public swimming pools
  • Road and footpath construction and maintenance
  • Skate parks
  • Sporting and recreation ovals, courts and facilities
  • Street lighting
  • Stormwater management
  • Traffic and parking regulations
  • Tourism
  • Youth Advisory Committees
  • Waste and recycling collection and disposal
  • Water conservation
  • Wetlands
Further information

Explore this Services section of the City of Marion website to find out more about what services are provided to the community.

Should you be unable to find an answer to any of your queries on this site, please call our customer service centre on 8375 6600.