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Local government sustainability – a new Commonwealth inquiry

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Development, Infrastructure and Transport has launched an inquiry into local government financial sustainability. The inquiry is a crucial opportunity to address long-standing funding concerns and shape the future of local government funding in Australia.

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Wellbeing and local government in Australia: Lessons from Golden Plains Shire

This briefing discusses the growing importance of wellbeing in economic discourse, particularly highlighted by the Commonwealth Government’s recent adoption of the Measuring What Matters framework. Using Golden Plains Shire as an example, it explores how local governments face challenges and opportunities in embracing this agenda.

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A regional approach to planning for electric vehicles

The Northern Councils Alliance recently launched the Community Electric Vehicle Transition Plan to support lower-emission transport options and prepare for EV adoption. This briefing explores the plans and it’s recommendations for local, state, and federal governments, emphasizing the importance of regional collaboration in EV transition.

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Reflections from the inaugural National Regional Housing Summit

Earlier this year, the Regional Australia Institute hosted the inaugural National Regional Housing Summit, which called for increased awareness of the unique housing crisis facing Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities. This briefing examines the three key policy recommendations explored at the Summit.

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Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre – good for the environment and good for you

This article, from Brimbank City Council, explores the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre – Australia’s first 100% renewable energy powered, zero greenhouse gas emissions aquatic centre. Examining the environmental, financial and health outcomes of the centre, and sharing lessons learned.

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Are we parking wrong? Harnessing the ‘5 Ps of Parking’

In his recently published book, “Rethinking Parking: Planning and Urban Design Perspectives” Dr. David Mepham advocates for a revamped approach to parking, addressing the ‘5 Ps of Parking’ – Place, Politics, Policy, Price, and Professional Practice. The briefing delves into these themes, emphasizing the importance of a holistic parking solution.

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Community infrastructure: Missing from the ‘missing middle’ conversation

This briefing examines the need for a refreshed approach to Australia’s community infrastructure planning and funding to keep pace with housing supply increases. It emphasizes the importance of updating planning frameworks and funding mechanisms to empower local governments to deliver essential infrastructure, fostering healthy communities and addressing well-being in urban development.

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Lessons in partnerships from the Northern Councils Alliance

This briefing looks at the Northern Councils Alliance as an example of what can be achieved when local governments commit to ongoing collaboration to benefit their entire region, and explores the key features that have underpinned the alliance’s success to date.

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Navigating the complexities of short term rental accommodation: A global perspective

This briefing examines the global debates surrounding short-term rental accommodation and its impact on local economies, housing markets, and community character. It provides background on the issue through the analysis of 18 case studies, emphasizing local government’s role as a regulator in measures such as volume restrictions and enforcement.

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Are we ‘Closing the Gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage?

This briefing examines the progress of the Closing the Gap initiative in addressing Indigenous disadvantage. Following two major reports, it evaluates current strategies’ effectiveness and identifies improvement areas to achieve better outcomes for Indigenous communities. The purpose is to promote awareness, discussion, and action on issues of Indigenous inequality and support efforts to address them.

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