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Craig Swift-McNair, GM of Woollahra Municipal Council – “there is no more complex business than a Council”
Responsible for implementing council decisions, strategic oversight, and the day-to-day operations and affairs of the council, the job of a General Manager is like no other. So with a hard hat in the Zoom background, this Q&A article with Craig Swift-McNair, General Manager of Woollahra Municipal Council, is the latest in LGIU’s leadership series.
Why is the system of local government in Northern Ireland one of the most unique in these islands? This short article answers this question by mapping out the evolution and incremental reforms, which led to the current system of 11 District Councils in Northern Ireland today.
Why doesn’t obesity policy seem to work? A fat person weighs in. This highly personal piece examines the complexity of weight interventions at the population and individual levels.
We spoke to council chief executives in Ireland, Scotland and Australia to find out what it takes forge a leadership team with councillors.
How is local government in the US tackling tough challenges? Highlights from the National Association of Counties annual conference. And tacos.
How can councils help employees with IT issues? James Gallacher, ICT Manager tells us about West Dunbartonshire Council’s new Tech Desk for employees.
In this article, Thomas and Hannah from LGIU Australia spoke with Steven Head, General Manager of Hornsby Shire Council, about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the council this year and beyond.
From exploring thorny policy to light reading for local government. Our All Things Australia keeps you up to date with everything that matters to local government. Find out what you might have missed from LGIU in the last four weeks, including a new report on the council and the car.
The situation that has unfolded on Rhodes in recent weeks highlights the vulnerability of islands across the world. Scarce resources and geographical isolation coupled with an increased vulnerability to the physical impacts of the climate crisis put small islands in a particularly challenging position.