A "council" in Australia is the local governing body of an individual town, village, shire, municipality and city in Australia. The councils, or local governments, take care of local public needs such as water distribution, trash collection, urban planning, and parks and recreation. The state government or territory government of a locality governs what rights and responsibilities a council has and must fulfill.
From the maps above, you can see that there are many small communities that might be villages or shires as well as many that would be towns, municipalities and cities. Each of these independent communities would have its own council, or local government. Of these larger locations, 10 stand out and are prominently designated on the maps of the Adelaide coast, which is located to the northwest of the Limestone Coast.
- Port Lincoln
- Port Augusta
- Port Pirie
On your other topic, beaches in Europe--except for exclusive occupancy privately owned beaches--are generally free to the public. Of course, accommodations, like hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations, charge use and/or entry fees, thus are not free.