Connect in Your Local Community
The Metropolitan area of Adelaide is divided up into many different council areas. Each area is administered by a Local Government or Council.
Connecting to others in your local community is a great way to explore Australia and Australian culture. There are also many different cultural groups and religious centres that can make you feel more welcome. Please find some information about these communities, groups, and centres below.
- Local Councils
There are 68 Councils in South Australia, each one operates individually, and is governed by an elected Council. There is a four-yearly election process where residents of each area vote for their preferred representative. Voting in Council elections is voluntary and more than one in three people choose to exercise their democratic right by voting.
Your local Council is run and operated by the democratically elected members and employed support staff in partnership with their local communities.
Your Council manages community infrastructure and provides services to people who live, work, do business in, and visit the local Council area. These services and activities include but are not limited to:
- art centres
- child care
- community arts/radio
- conservation and land management
- festivals and special events
- health services
- Justice of the Peace (JP)
- sporting facilities
- libraries, including toy libraries
- swimming pools
- walking trails.
Most council areas have Community Centres that run a variety of activities.
All Adelaide metropolitan council websites are listed on the Local Government Association web. Visit the Council search section of this site, type in your suburb, and you will be re-directed to a page containing information about your local council, including website link and an outline of the services available in your community.
- Useful Websites
- Maintaining Cultural Links
The ethnic communities of South Australia have formed various ethnic and cultural associations. There are several food & wine, cultural, and film festivals throughout the year. Information on events is available at Tourist Information Centres, on their website (select ‘Events’), or by calling 1300 764 227.
The Ethnic Schools Association of SA
If you are interested in learning or teaching another language, there are 48 languages taught by the Ethnic Schools Association of SA.
The main objective of ethnic schools is to support the maintenance and further development of relevant languages and cultures among students from non English speaking backgrounds and to promote the learning of community languages and the understanding of the different cultures within Australian society by all students. The levels offered may be: playgroup, preschool, reception-12 or adult classes.
For further information please call the Association's office on 8301 4814 or visit their website.
The Office of the Association is located at:
Ethnic Schools Education Centre
255 Torrens Road West Croydon, SA 5008
All council areas in Adelaide have a public library where you can borrow books, tapes/CDs, and videos. Libraries also have magazines and newspapers and some have computers for use. Libraries are free.
- Religious Organisations
Below is a list of various Religious Organisations found throughout Adelaide. Please note it is not an exhaustive list.
Baha'i Faith South Australian Baha’is Communities Web: www.bahai.org.au Buddhist Buddhist Temple Wat Ratanaprathib Vihara 45 Smith Street, Thebarton Phone: 8443 5856 Buddha House Centre for Advanced Buddhist Studies 1 Fisher Street, Tusmore Phone: 8333 2824, Web: www.buddhahouse.org United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation 20 Butler Avenue, Pennington Phone: 8447 8477 Christian St Francis Xavier's Cathedral (Catholic) 11 Wakefield Street, Adelaide Phone: 8232 8688, Web: http://www.adelcathparish.org/ St Peter's Cathedral (Anglican) 27 King William Road, Adelaide Phone: 8267 4551, Web: http://www.stpeters-cathedral.org.au St Stephen's Lutheran Church 152 Wakefield Street, Adelaide Phone: 8223 5491, Web: http://www.ststephensadelaide.org.au/ Chinese Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of South Australia 10 Brooker Terrace, Cowandilla Phone: 8152 0401, Web: http://www.ccmasa.org.au/ Chinese Christian Church of Adelaide 294-296 Morphett Street, Adelaide Phone: 8231 9993, Web: http://www.aaccsa.org.au/ The Vietnamese Evangelical Church in South Australia 28-32 Tait Street, Renown Park Phone: 8266 1697 Korean Adelaide Presbyterian Church 309 The Parade, Beulah Park Phone: 8364 1751 Adelaide Korean Congregation Uniting Church 40 Third Avenue, St Morris Phone: 8336 3421 Hindu Ganesha Hindu Temple 3 Albany Crescent, Oaklands Park Phone: 8298 1278, Web: http://www.shriganeshatemple.com Islamic Islamic Society (Adelaide Mosque) of South Australia Inc 20 Little Gilbert Street, Adelaide Phone: 8231 6443 Islamic Arabic Centre & Al-Khalil Mosque Corner of Audley Street & Torrens Road, Woodville North Phone: 8268 1944, Web: http://www.iicsa.com.au/mainsite Gilles Plains Mosque and Islamic Society 52 Wandana Avenue, Gilles Plains Phone: 8369 0781 Islamic Society of South Australia Incorporated & Park Holme Mosque 658 Marion Road, Park Holme Phone: 8277 8725 Jewish Beit Shalom Synagogue 39/41 Hackney Road, Hackney Phone: 8362 8281, Web: http://www.bshalomadel.com