Content Type: Explainer


Members & Global Local

Sustainable asset management: Council approaches

This briefing explores the varied approaches that local authorities are taking to make their own assets more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Australia, Global Briefing With case study

Integrating and enhancing asset data for improved planning and management

In this briefing, SGS Economics and Planning’s Jan Quing and Liz Webster draw on their experience in the management of information systems and working across various state and local government projects to outline the challenges and potential responses, with examples to illustrate what good practice can look like.

Australia Briefing With case study

How to engage with Indigenous peoples on planning and why it matters

This briefing focuses on why planning matters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and provides guidance on how to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially in the context of land use policy and planning as well as in forthcoming treaty negotiations.

Australia Briefing

How local government can remediate contaminated land to unlock land potential

Across many parts of Europe, there is a legacy of contaminated land with used sites from industrial, commercial and military activity, waste disposal and mineral extraction. Getting previously developed land back into use unlocks land potential that is particularly useful in high-density housing areas and fast-growing towns and cities.

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Australia’s inquiry into local government sustainability – overview of the inquiry and submissions

Earlier this year, a referral to conduct an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local government in Australia was given. This briefing provides details of the Committee’s Terms of Reference and an overview of the submissions accepted so far, including the Australian Government’s submission. This is the first of several briefings on the inquiry.

Australia Briefing
Members & Global Local

Maximising local tourism and community engagement through seasonal attractions

This briefing explores the impact of seasonal attractions, emphasising their importance to local economies, tourism, and community engagement. It highlights the key role of councils in managing these attractions and addresses the impact of seasonality on visitor numbers and revenue while also offering the opportunity to celebrate local culture and build community spirit.

Global Briefing With case study

Greening without gentrification needs local government leadership

Impacts of the climate crisis are being seen across the world and local authorities are developing vital measures that will not only reduce emissions but help communities adapt to climate change. While such sustainability interventions clearly have important environmental and social benefits, there is a risk that these developments will exacerbate social, racial, and economic…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study
Members & Global Local

The impact of funding cuts on local events and activities

This briefing looks at the social and community benefits of running local cultural events and the risks of losing those benefits in the face of funding cuts. It looks at potential solutions to maintaining events in the light of reduced resources, covering five case studies.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study

The rates system in Northern Ireland – part 2

This is part two of our series on the ratings system in Northern Ireland and its role in funding local government. In this briefing, we examine experiences from across the UK and consider how lessons might be applied in Northern Ireland.

Global, Northern Ireland Briefing