The Hills Shire Council (previously known as Baulkham Hills Council)
A Council's principal purpose is to deliver appropriate local services in a friendly and efficient manner. The organisation has a responsibility to serve the community with integrity and diligence. A Council can positively influence local conditions and the daily lives of residents, workers and visitors by effectively planning the range of services and resources it provides.
Included within Council's areas of responsibility are town planning, the supervision of building codes, the construction and maintenance of local roads, streets and bridges, local area traffic management, public health, environmental protection, waste and sanitary services, community recreational facilities, services for young people and people with a disability, State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service, economic development and libraries.
Local Councils receive their powers from the State Government and are influenced by other State Authorities, most notably Planning NSW and Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA). While these bodies act largely in an advisory capacity, their Ministers do have certain discretionary powers.