All things Australia: August 2023

Our monthly round-up of everything you might have missed from LGIU’s support for local government in Australia

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The council and the car

Parking is a complex issue that cuts across social, economic, environmental and development policies. There are also new developments in the pipeline that councils need to be aware of and incorporate into their strategies, we explore in detail in our latest research, collection and newsletter.

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More resources on this topic

Collection of LGIU resources

Local government is often responsible for the last mile and the first. This collection of LGIU resources looks at how councils can manage our relationship with the car and its possible alternatives.

Global Local newsletter

This edition of Global Local looks at the role of councils in facilitating and improving transportation within their communities.

Innovative parking strategies

Our brand-new report – supported by RingGo – is intended as an informative tool to aid discussions around future planning.

It is based on a data gathering survey and interviews with parking decision makers across the UK; it explores the topic of parking strategies and if and how councils are preparing for forthcoming innovations and new developments to parking infrastructure.

Have you made a nomination yet?

The Global Local Cllr Showcase acknowledges the significant contributions that individual councillors make in LGIU core countries Australia and Ireland and globally. Running for the 14th year in England & Wales and the 6th year in Scotland, the LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards are your chance to nominate exceptional councillors in your area. We are looking for true community champions.

Despite their crucial roles, councillors are often underappreciated and unrecognized for their efforts. We aim to change the narrative and celebrate these hard-working individuals! Don’t wait to submit your nomination – they’re only open until midnight on Friday, 22 September.

LGIU's round-ups and collections

Our round-up briefings are ideal for keeping up with the latest developments in key policy areas. From health and social care to housing, and from global think tank findings to parliamentary legislation, our round-up services are a core member benefit that saves you time and makes sure you’re always in the loop – find out more about LGIU membership benefits here.

Collections are available to everyone and includes a mix of member-only and open resources.

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Notable practice round-up

🟢 Everyone can read about inspirational practice and innovation in all four of our LGIU’s core countries, with links to resources that can help you make it real where you are. Read here.

Policy roundup: key news, reports and data releases

Starting soon Australia will have a new, bookmarkable policy roundup highlighted in your Monday bulletin. Here’s one we made earlier.

Think tank review

🟢 This month our international think tank review is open for everyone! We cover the latest findings from leading think tanks around the globe with insights that are critical for local government. Read here.

Don’t miss: 💛 Indigenous issues

In our latest edition of Global Local, we look at the issues facing Indigenous peoples around the world and how local governments can help better support and represent these communities. Read here.

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Each week, we bring you a deep dive into the issues with a new look at local solutions to global challenges. Our recent editions covered:

Island challenges

A look at the resilience of island communities and the challenges they face in an era of crises. Read here.

🍏 Food and community

We look at many ways food can impact our communities. Read here.

🔬 Citizen Science

We look at the intersection between citizen science and local government. Read here.

 🇦🇺 Spotlight on Australian local government

We’re casting a spotlight on all things Australian local government. Read here.

Turnaround cities

We examine the towns and cities that have overcome periods of industrial or economic decline. Read here. 


More new member resources

Each week, we bring LGIU members new resources on key topics and reduce complex information to actionable insights.

What is the economic ‘value’ and ‘impact’ of investment in open space?

The two key concepts of the economic consequences of investment, in the context of parkland and public open space investment, and the role of economic analysis in informed decision-making.

It’s only a matter of time: Accessibility and the 15-minute city

This briefing explores a common critique associated with the 15-minute city model. In its various iterations, from the 30-minute to the 15-minute, and even the 5-minute city, speed matters: but who does it serve? And how can its adoption engage the meaningful participation of all citizens?


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Desired future character – What does that mean, and how do we define it?

We explore the term ‘desired future character’, what it means, and how it has been used in the context of the NSW planning system. While this briefing draws on the NSW experience, it offers tips and observations that will be of value more broadly for all those working to manage change locally.

Mobility on the move: visualising a decade of internal migration in Australia

This briefing visualises a decade of internal migration flows as a starting point for understanding the development and wellbeing implications of changing population mobility.

Exploring the role of local government in Australia’s circular economy

We take a look at Australia’s federal and state government circular economy policies, as well as the role of local government in continuously driving and encouraging a circular economy in Australia.

 Converging paths or collision course? An update on New Zealand’s Future for Local Government Review

Find out about the key concepts and recommendations put forward by the Review into the Future for Local Government Panel and how they may – or may not – blend with parallel central government reforms of water supply and management, and environmental planning in New Zealand.

Take a deep dive into our collections

Our hand-curated collections of LGIU resources bring you issues in depth and in context. Why not dive into our most recently crafted collections? From exclusive LGIU member content to our Global Local newsletters, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, our collections provides resources to support better policy and practice for your communities.

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Environmental governance

This collection showcases the wide range of LGIU work that covers all things environmental governance on a local level, including best environmental practice from local leaders around the world, the importance of community engagement, and adaptation and resilience strategies. Dive in right here.


This next climate collection tackles pollution, including air, waste and water. From exclusive LGIU member content to our Global Local newsletters, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, these collections provide resources to support better policy and practice for your communities. Get into the thick of it all right here.

Energy – powering local future

Last, but not least, this collection explores energy on a local level, including transitions in energy sources and powering future homes. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services that aspire to drive a sustainable energy transition in their areas. Read all about it here.


A stronger democracy begins with democracy at the local level, to build on the networks and connections of civic life that matter to people. Local government is what brings together the strands, connects the threads and enables the things that we want to happen. It brings together growth and services and gives people a stake in their places. Explore here.

Cost of living

Around the globe, many economies are going through what is being dubbed a ‘cost of living crisis’. There are several factors that have contributed to stopping people’s income from stretching as far as before – and for some, that now means struggling to cover basic needs such as food, warmth and shelter.  Lessons we learn now can support low-income families in future. Explore the collection.

The council and the car

Local government is often responsible for the last mile and the first. This collection of LGIU resources looks at how councils can manage our relationship with the car and its possible alternatives. Dive in here.

Something for everyone

At LGIU, we’re all about celebrating and showcasing the best of local government. Everyone can read, enjoy and share our open features and interviews. We also encourage anyone to reach out here if you’ve got an idea that you want us to cover or your own story to share with LGIU’s international community of local government.

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Mayor of Glen Eira – Moving the local government sector towards a more sustainable future

Cllr Jim Magee is the Mayor of the City of Glen Eira in Melbourne’s inner south. In his latest article for LGIU, he outlines the positive steps in local government reforms in the state of Victoria, Australia, but urges for more to be done to ensure the sector moves into a more sustainable footing.   Read here.

Planning integrity reforms must not be a power grab

In this opinion piece, Stephen Rowley looks at the findings of Victoria’s recently released independent broad-based anti-corruption commission (IBAC) investigation ‘Operation Sandon’. Read here. 

When elections go wrong… four things we can learn from a big week of election mishaps

This week, several disaster stories from the world of electoral administration have made their way into the UK headlines. Ahead of his upcoming report on the impact of Voter ID, Dr Greg Stride, our resident local elections expert from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, shares some insights into the key takeaways from these events. Read here.

2023 holidays reading list from LGIU’s Chief Exec

As part of an annual tradition, LGIU’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West shares the list of books he is aspiring to read over his August holiday break – maybe you can find your next great read too, check it out! Read here.

Urban agriculture: strengthening the nexus of research, policy and practice

We explore the expansion of urban agriculture in municipalities and its impact on public health, circular economies, climate change mitigation, food security and community wellbeing. It also explores food systems transformation at the local level in Australia.  Read here. 

The problems caused by the Local Housing Allowance freeze

This article covers how the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) freeze has caused severe problems for nearly 2 million private rented sector tenants and the concerning research about what this means for residents across the UK and poverty levels. Read here.

Glasgow City Council – towards the nurturing city

Nurture is foundational for children’s learning and well-being in Glasgow Education Services. To find out more about the background and development of Glasgow’s travel towards the nurturing city, this article from Glasgow City Council provides crucial insights. Read here.

How local government can improve political literacy and democratic engagement

In this article, Matteo Bergamini, CEO and Founder of Shout Out UK, reflects on their recent work with the GLA and sheds light on the ways local authorities can encourage political literacy and democratic engagement. Read here.