Top 10 things you can Learn from Local Council


Your local council can help you with questions big and small when it comes to Calderwood Valley and the surrounding Illawarra region. Check out all the ways local council can help you out once you've moved into your new home in Calderwood Valley. 

Meeting dates

Calderwood Valley and the Illawarra region around it is highlighted by a welcoming community with heaps of rewarding benefits. While there are plenty of ways to get involved in your community, one is to attend council meetings. This way you can learn more about where you live and what’s going on while also meeting those who live around you.

How to dispose of big items

Your new home in Calderwood Valley will come with top-notch pieces that will have you and your family loving life. But there will come a time when you need to replace bigger items, whether it’s the kiddos getting older and needing new furniture or you wanting to add a new piece to your place. Your local council can help you figure out how to dispose of larger pieces of rubbish on council collection days.   

Design elements

Building codes are put in place to keep Calderwood Valley safe and looking its best. Before you get too far into planning any big external changes to your home, you might want to contact council and see if what you have in mind is in alignment with these rules. You can also find out what permits you might need.




Think about getting on lists from local council to receive snail mail or email to stay up on what’s happening in the area. This can be a great way to learn about fun markets, fetes and other events for yourself and your family.


Who represents you in local government can have a big impact on your community and what changes it goes through. Consider meeting your local representative and also finding out where your voting locations are so you can have your say when the time comes!

Fees and charges

A little bit of help from a lot of people can help turn a good area into a great one. Have questions about charges and fees from local council? Try asking them to clarify what the fees and charges are and what projects are being worked on. You can feel better about doing your part to help improve the area in which you and your family live!


Want to learn a bit more about where you live? Local councils will often have records of meetings and movements that took place any time from last week all the way back to last century. If that interests you, you can contact your governing body to see if you can view public records and learn more about the area’s history.


Local council is responsible for running many of the best parts of communities, including swimming pools, libraries and public parks. There are plenty of things you can do to help keep these areas looking and operating their best. If you want to volunteer, check in with your local council and see if they have any options for you.

Hosting a gathering

Speaking of those public places, they’re a great place to get friends and family together to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or any special occasion. See if you can contact local council to grab a spot for a fun day out.

Pet help

Many local councils will have rules that can help you care for your pets. Try to talk to local council about microchipping, guidelines about having your dogs and other pets in public places such as beaches and see if there are any materials to help you give your furry friend the best life possible.

Your local council can be a huge source of information and assistance as you settle into Calderwood Valley. Think about contacting yours today to get the most out of the area in which you live.