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International local government news 18.06.24


Woombye, Queensland, Australia - December 17, 2017. 16m-high Big Pineapple in Woombye, with buildings and vegetation.

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: “Big Pineapple” relaunched in the Sunshine Coast
The largest of Australia’s many “big things” has officially relaunched. The Sunshine Coast’s 16-metre-tall Big Pineapple is now home to a new viewing platform, a new café, a new children’s playground and a fully restored train service. The Big Pineapple has been brightening up the area since 1971, and is based in the heart of pineapple farming country in Woombye. It grew to become one of the nation’s most popular tourism attractions in its heyday: Bringing in some one million visitors each year, including Princess Diana and the then Prince Charles.

Italy: Sambuca di Sicilia’s €3 Homes
In a bit to combat depopulation, the picturesque town of Sambuca di Sicilia, Italy, has is selling homes for just 3 euros. The initiative requires prospective buyers to invest in renovations, in turn contributing to the local economy and helping to revitalising the community with new residents. The town previously hit the headlines for being one of the first to initiative the one euro house concept. Now, following some serious inflation, 12 properties are up for grabs via auction, with a starting price of 3 euros. Bidders will also need to prepare a 5,000-euro deposit. The scheme has seen success not only due to the cheap properties themselves, 250 houses have been sold in recent years in Sambuca to people who failed to win at auction.
The Mayor

England: Wakefield seeks to become UK’s capital of sculpture
Wakefield Council
has launched a plan to gain recognition as the UK’s sculpture capital. The district is the birthplace of world-renowned sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and home to sculptural attractions including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Coal Mining Museum and the Hepworth Wakefield. Now, the council has devised a core tourism team to create a destination management plan, with a key objective to raise awareness of Wakefield as the UK’s sculpture capital.

Scotland: New Eden Project given green light in Dundee
Dundee City Council
has approved plans for a £130 million Eden Project. An existing gas works will be transformed into three unique venues, which will focus on wild landscapes, science, art installations and exhibits, performances and storytelling. The project is expected to attract half a million visitors a year once completed. Describing the project, Chief Experience Development Officer Blair Parkin said: “Our ambition is to create a globally significant platform and provide a base for Eden’s programs in Scotland.”
Construction Enquirer / Dundee Culture

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