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International local government news 08.05.24


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Here are the latest newsworthy and interesting stories from the local government sector that caught our attention. In this round-up of what’s happening right now in the world of local government, you’ll find best practices, inspiration, and more from across the sector.

Australia: Council-led trial reveals benefits of rubber roads
A demonstration project led by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils into recycled rubber roads is seeing positive environmental results. 12 councils each resurfaced a road with rubber from old tyres and asphalt in 2023, in a bid to test whether the former can boost performance, durability and sustainability. Now, researchers from RMIT say findings from their study into 3 of these roads are seeing positive results, stating ““The extended service life and reduced environmental impacts underscore the importance of incorporating recycled materials, like crumbled rubber, in asphalt for sustainable infrastructure development”.
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Germany: The new urban solar panel taking off in Berlin
Affordable balcony solar panels are a trend in Germany, with more than 360,000 registered since 2023. Berlin is a particular hotspot, and the city government has launched a generous subsidy to encourage residents to adopt solar – up to 500 euro for a single plug and go panel. Some 10,000 people have applied for the funding, with an approval rate of around two-thirds. In addition, the German parliament last week that also targets balcony solar, making registrations simpler and allowing modules to now reach up to 800 watts.

France: Nice latest city to impose youth curfews
Nice has become the most high-profile French city to impose a curfew on under-13s due to rising public concerns over youth violence. Armed police in bulletproof vests now patrol the riviera city after 11pm following a series of deadly assaults. Béziers in south-west France issued a similar decree days earlier, with other towns and cities undertaking or contemplating similar moves. Temporary curfews have been enacted by several other French cities during periods of unrest.
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Canada: Vancouver exploring digital credential technology
The City of Vancouver is seeking to modernise its services by exploring digital credential technology. The city is seeking to reduce the need for manual verification steps in permitting and licencing services. Digital credentials are issued by recognised authorities, allowing organisations to trust thei legitimacy without contacting the issuing authority. They’re expected to speed up the time forms can be filled out with trusted information. It is also expected to streamline the steps required when businesses expand their operations across municipalities.

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