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What’s happening in the world of local government this week? – 10.04.24

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We’ve compiled together some of the most interesting, newsworthy stories of the last week from the local government sector worldwide. We’re just trialling this service out for now, so let us know what you think in the comments below:

Madrid to use AI to spot fly-tips
The City of Madrid’s municipal street cleaning company has announced an AI pilot to detect rubbish improperly left outside of waste bins. Running across three neighbourhoods in southern Madrid, AI sensors will be placed on the vehicles of the company’s inspectors. These sensors are equipped with machine learning algorithms and have been trained to recognise objects of a variety of sizes. Once identified, the AI will inform the nearest waste removal vehicle and assign it the task of picking up the bulk. The tech is claimed to speed up the waste resolution process by 50%, with inspectors no longer having to keep an eye out for any improperly placed trash.
The Mayor

Mayors in Western Australia could be given power to gag disorderly cllrs
Reforms proposed by the Western Australian Government would see standardised meeting procedures for dealing with disorder and disruption implemented across the state’s councils. The government is seeking submissions on a consultation paper on whether mayors and council presidents should be able to use a three-strikes system to gag disorderly council members, and have disorderly members of the public ejected. The state local government minister Hannah Beazley says it will remove the need for councils to develop their own local laws and make it easier for the public to observe and participate in council meetings.
Government News

Seoul sees sizeable drop in pollution levels
Fine particulate matter levels in the City of Seoul have dropped by 37% to their lowest level since the municipal government launched its anti-pollution seasonal management programme back in 2019. The Seoul Metropolitan Government added that on top of the city’s PM2.5 levels dropping, the number of days with “good” particulate matter levels have quadrupled. The government’s seasonal management scheme is an intensive programme where strict pollution prevention measures are implemented between December and March each year. These include efforts to make construction sites more eco-friendly and ban on certain gas grade vehicles.
Smart Cities World

Thai city moves to move monkeys to enclosures despite tourist power
Macaques, the long-tailed monkeys viewed for many as a symbol of the City of Lopburi, Thailand, are to be placed in enclosures after growing complaints from residents. Despite their role as a tourist attraction, local wildlife officials have announced plans to round up 2,500 of the urban monkeys following a string of violent encounters with residents and their history of stealing food from people and businesses. However, other residents claim the macaques are part of Lopburi’s identity, having fed them for generations.
The Guardian

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