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A council is a group of people who come together to consult, deliberate, or make decisions. A council may function as a legislature, especially at a town, city or county/shire level, but most legislative bodies at the state/provincial or national level are not considered councils. At such levels, there may be no separate executive branch, and the council may effectively represent the entire government. A board of directors might also be denoted as a council. A committee might also be denoted as a council, though a committee is generally a subordinate body composed of members of a larger body, while a council may not be. Because many schools have a student council, the council is the form of governance with which many people are likely to have their first experience as electors or participants.
A member of a council may be referred to as a councillor or councilperson, or by the gender-specific titles of councilman and councilwoman.

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    VIC Legal Opinion sought on Council

    After 2 slip & falls, sustaining injury because of a Council tree, a request to remove it denied, the tree deemed in fair health, yet structurally sound, therefore not meeting criteria for a dead, dying or hazardous tree. An appeal for an exemption to this policy, under the safety aspect of the...
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    QLD Can Brisbane city council remove street parking on your street

    Brisbane city council has decided it wants to do congestion management in our street. They are proving that they will remove parking on both sides of our street and use this section of road for a 2.5metre bike lane. we have lived here for over 22 years with no issues. Now they have decided that...
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    VIC Council Street tree

    Under my Council's Urban Forest Strategy, a street tree will not be given consideration for removal unless deemed dead, dying or hazardous to the public. We requested the removal of a street tree, advising Council that my elderly husband had incurred 2 separate falls, due to slipping on its...
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    NSW stormwater runoff from council property

    We have changed the use of part of our property.The local council has directed road stormwater runoff to our property when the subdivision was done. We changed the usage due to the erosion caused to our property and the access to this area by the water runoff. We are on acreage. We now want them...
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    VIC Council

    Recently I wanted to install a fence on our small front yard. I contacted the council twice and spoke to someone from planning and building and were told by both departments that I would not require a permit. I even doubled check with a building surveyor before going ahead with building, and got...
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    NSW Council road on private property, no easement

    Hi all, we live in a rural area and our neighbour went to market with their property, potential purchaser conducted land survey and discovered existence of road reserve across the sale property. This causes issues for seller however as a result of this (house and pool on the reserve), we...
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    NSW Council Easement - Dead and Dying Tree Removal Responsibility?

    Our local council has a 1.83m easement along one of our boundaries which is used to take storm water from the road to a creek running through our property. The easement now has dead or dying trees along its 100 odd metre length and I wish to know who is responsible for their removal. Some of...
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    NSW Dwelling in existance for 5 years cannot be ordered by council to be demolished

    Hi, I remember reading somewhere but cant find it again that if a dwelling has been built on a property that does not have approval, so long as it has been standing for 5 years it cannot be demolished and owner cannot be ordered to bring dwelling up to compliance. I then remember finding an...
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    TAS Tree neighbour issue

    Neighbour has 2 trees at edge of property next to ours. One tree dead, one shedding branches onto our land and almost dead. Each is 30-40 metres high. Five weeks of asking neighbour to remove trees due to safety issues and that we wish to build on our property but trees posing danger so cannot...
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    VIC Council - Legal to Sleep in Your Car?

    Recently, while driving I was overcome by a wave of fatigue, such that I felt unsafe to drive further. I pulled over into a vacant factory car park and had a solid nap. I was wondering whether this is legal? I often see road signs stating "Microsleeps can kill" and "Powernap now". Obviously the...