Councils play a crucial role in safeguarding and improving the health and safety of their communities.
As well as having statutory responsibilities for public health protection under both the Public Health Act 2010 and the Food Act 2003, local government provides many additional services that contribute to community health, including immunisation clinics, sporting and recreation facilities and open space, mental health and physical activity programs, clean drinking water, and harm prevention. Councils also have a key role in crime prevention and community safety.
Healthy built environments
Councils are responsible for creating public places where people can live healthy, active lives and participate in their communities. A number of resources have been developed to support councils in developing healthy built environments, including:
LGNSW makes regular to the state and federal governments, plus other agencies, to advocate on behalf of the interests of local government and their communities when it comes to public health and safety issues.
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