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Council Phone Numbers

Council phone numbers changed 4 years ago in preparation for the NBN. Now that NBN is installed in Quorn the old phone numbers will be disconnected.

Please phone 08 8620 0500 for all Council business.

CFS Fire Danger Season

Flinders District Fire Danger Season

- 1st November to 15 April each year

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) has not advised that the Fire Danger Season for the Flinders District will be changed for the 2017-2018 Fire Danger Season. The Flinders District Fire Danger Season starts on 1st November 2017 and was scheduled to finish on 15 April 2018. All Fire Danger Season dates can be found on the CFS website here:

http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/fire_bans_and_ratings/fire_danger_season_dates.jsp

Please be aware that Fire Bans can be applied any time during the year. Please refer to the CFS website for futher details concerning Fire Bans: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp

Christmas / New Year Closures

The following closures apply for the 2017-2018 Christmas / New Year period:

Quorn & Hawker Works Depots:

Closed from 12:00 noon Friday 22 December 2017 and reopening at 7:00am on Monday 8 January 2018

Emergencies only, phone 0428 486 031 during this period.

Quorn Administration Office:

Closed from 12:00 noon Friday 22 December 2017 and reopening at 9:00am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Quorn & Hawker Dumps:

Open Wednesday 3 January 2018 (special opening for Hawker).

Quorn & Hawker Swimming Pools:

Closed Monday 25 December 2017 and Monday 1 January 2018

Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre:

Closed Monday 25 December 2017 and Monday 1 January 2018

Kerbside Collection:

Household Waste Collection and Recycle Collections will occur on the normal cycle of Thursdays and Tuesdays over the Xmas  / New Year Period. The Waste Collection Calendar can be found here.

Council - Part of Your Every Day

Have you ever considered how everyday life is improved by the many services councils provide?

Councils are responsible for delivering hundreds of services and facilities that contribute to building strong and vibrant communities. As part of this councils look after about $22 billion of public assets.

A snapshot of the services and facilities provided by South Australian councils includes:

| street lighting │ arts and culture programs │bushfire prevention │ caravan parks │ cemeteries │ coastal care initiatives │ community buses │ community centres │ wetlands │ development and planning services │ dog and cat management │ disability services │ economic development initiatives │ environmental programs │ events │ footpath maintenance │ heritage activities │ immunisation clinics │ libraries │ museums │ roads │ men’s sheds │ footy and soccer ovals │ netball and tennis courts │ aged care services │ playgrounds │ public pools │ recycling facilities │ skate parks │ stormwater drains│

For more facts and figures, Local Government in Profile provides a snapshot of local government in SA

These services and facilities rely on the rates collected from ratepayers within a council’s boundaries.  Council rates are a form of taxation, and as the main source of funding for councils, they’re essential in enabling them to deliver the services and facilities that your community relies on.

Council rates make up about 70% of the revenue received by councils.  The remaining 30% is made up of government grants, user fees and other funding.

For an average Australian household council rates equate to around $3.50 per day (or $25 per week). This represents just under 2% of the average weekly household expenditure of $1200.  And in return, ratepayers have access to hundreds of services and facilities.

Council rates are only a fraction of the total taxes paid by Australians – less than 4% in fact.  Meanwhile, the federal government collects approximately 80% of the taxes that Australians pay, while state government collects about 16%. 

Some of the tax revenue that is collected by federal, state and local government is shared or passed on between the different spheres of government.  For example, councils receive Financial Assistance Grants from the federal government to support local communities, and the state government supports councils through a range of grant programs.  Some of the revenue collected by councils, such as the NRM levy, is required to be passed back to the state government. 

Even with support from federal and state government, councils still only receive 4.5% of all taxes collected.

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