The District Council of Kimba consists of an area of 3,997 square kms comprising a road length of 1,697 km. The population within the District has stabilised since the 1980s' to 1,211 people.
Council is responsible for the expenditure of large sums of public money in managing the affairs of the area, and in the exercise, performance and discharge of various powers and duties conferred upon it by State Government legislation.
The Council is responsible for:
- developing and promoting the area
- providing services and facilities that benefit the area, its ratepayers andresidents
- protecting health and immunisation
- providing for the welfare, well being and interests of individuals and groups within the Community
- protecting the environment and improving amenities
- providing infrastructure for industry
- attracting commerce, industry and tourism
- representing and promoting the interests of its ratepayers and residents and
- by acting in a way that manages, improves and develops the resources available to the Council.
The District Council of Kimba is involved in the provision of a wide range of services and facilities which include road construction and maintenance, aerodrome, garbage collection and the management of waste disposal, street lighting, carparking, cemetery, senior citizens homes, and aged care services, immunisation and environmental health programmes, building and development control, town planning, tourism, community library, public conveniences, halls, recreational reserve, fire prevention and protection, emergency services, and dog control.
The Council is a democratically elected body comprising seven (7) Councillors, with the presiding member being the Mayor, who is elected by the sitting Councillors. As there are no wards within the Council area, all elected members represent the interests of the whole community when making decisions as the corporate body of Council. All decisions are in line with Council's strategic plan and the vision for the future economic benefit of the community.
The Local Government Act 1999 specifies the roles and objectives of Council. These include:
- Being a representative, informed and responsible decision maker in the interests of the community
- Participating in public policy development and planning activities with the other spheres of Government
- Providing and coordinating services and facilities that benefit its area, ratepayers, residents and visitors
- Developing its community and resources in a socially just and sustainable manner
- Providing for the welfare, well being and interests of individuals and groups within the community
- Representing the interests of the local community to the wider community and other levels of Government
- Planning at the local and regional level for the development and future requirements of its area
- Managing, developing, protecting and conserving the environment and
- Regulating local activities like building, keeping animals, parking, maintaining public health etc, some of which include a law enforcement role.
To consistently deliver to our ratepayers, community services and works which are defect free and represent maximum value to them and to Council.