The Town of Gawler was formed in July 1857.

The role of Council as set out in the Local Government Act can be summarised as follows:

  • Provide for the government and management of the Council area
  • Act as a representative, informed and responsible decision maker in the interests of the community
  • Provide and co-ordinate various public services and facilities
  • Develop the community and resources in a socially just and ecologically sustainable manner
  • Encourage and develop initiatives for improving quality of life of its residents
  • Represent the interests of the residential and business community
  • Exercise, perform and discharge statutory powers, functions and duties

Council aims to present itself to all stakeholders as a professional organisation and a responsible corporate citizen.

Council employs staff within five Divisions:

  • Business Enterprises and Communications
  • Development, Environment and Regulatory Services
  • Infrastructure and Engineering Services
  • Library and Community Services
  • Finance and Corporate Services

To assist us in carrying out our business, we appoint Committees under Sec 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 and the number of committees will vary in accordance with operational needs.

Similarly, we contract services of external contractors and utilise the valuable services provided to us by volunteers in a range of activities that support us in our business.

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) has information available to residents detailing services provided by Councils in response to the needs and priorities of local communities - What do Councils Do?

Further information can also be found at Local Government in South Australia, including:

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of Local Government Councils?
  • How are Councils accountable to their communities?
  • How does the rating system work?

The Freedom of Information Act, 1991 ("The Act") serves to promote openness and transparency in governance and accountability of government agencies, including Councils.

To achieve these objectives, it confers on members of the public a legally enforcable right to be given access to documents. The Act sets out the legislative requirements for how applications received from the public, for access to information held by the Council, are to be dealt with. For further information go to Freedom of Information.