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And Finally... 25 Nov. 22

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16 days of activism

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence that kicks off on 25 November, this week's Global Local bulletin is completely free and open. Read it here.

More from LGIU

Coastal and Heritage Conservation Clare County Council

In the run up to our Rural and Coastal Issues Global Executive Panel on December 1st, LGIU Ireland hears about coastal and heritage conservation in Clare County Council in Ireland.

Actions Against Gender Based Violence: Mitchell Shire Council

The article showcases actions taken by Mitchell Shire Council (Victoria, Australia) to recognise the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

An interview with – providing hope and solutions to hidden challenges through collaboration

Estimates suggest that 1 in 6 Australian women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of a previous or current partner. This case study highlights the online resource providing comprehensive support and resources for those facing domestic violence, and the role that collaboration and governmental support has had in their growth and success.

In conversation with...

We spoke with Midlothian Council’s Equalities Champion, Cllr Connor McManus, about the council seeking White Ribbon accreditation, its work against gender based violence and the role of men in preventing violence against women. Cllr McManus was also recognised as our Young Councillor of the Year in Scotland.

Carbon offsetting for local authorities: what are they and how do they work

This is an updated publication on the topic of carbon offsetting, covering what it means for local authorities, how it works in practice and what the controversial aspects are. Primarily focused on UK examples.

LGIU staff picks: Gratitude

Weekly highlights of what we're reading, watching or listening to that we thought you might like, too. What do you recommend?

At time of writing, it's Thanksgiving Day in the US, and the compiler of this newsletter happens to be American. So I thought I'd take this opportunity to ask my colleagues to share what we've been especially thankful for this year.

Chocolate - said Jack. I mean yeah, chocolate's great, but it's no 'development of safe and effective vaccines' is it?

No office toaster - said Debra, our office manager and fire safety supremo. Personally, having been evacuated from two different council buildings because of toaster mismanagement, fair enough. Plus I did once tell her I'd brought in a slightly faulty toaster for office use on April Fool's. But that was YEARS ago Debra, let it go.

Children's paracetamol? - said Heather. I guess any of us who have had young kids can sympathise.

Insulated plasterboard - said Freya. Not too shabby. Considering she hasn't had to put on the heat on yet. Seriously, she genuinely recommends it as the best renovation choice they've made this year.

Simone said: I am SO thankful for my LGIU team. I know that is corny as all get out, but LGIU has been the best part of my year, hands down. Other than that, I am thankful for my childhood tap teacher who gave me a pair of tap shoes that I’ve finally put to good use in a fab class this year! (Can you tell she's also American?)

Ingrid: And as for me, I'm grateful for a supportive partner, healthy, bright and often hilarious teen son and stepsons, my rugby club AND safe and effective vaccines. (See, that's how you do it, Jack.)

All of us at LGIU are incredibly grateful for our members and readers who work so hard to keep local democracy healthy and vibrant and keep our towns, cities and countryside running. Thank you for what you do. Thank you for another year.

This week in local government

Check out the latest policy developments, events and happenings and our resources in LGIU's sister countries

  • In Scotland: key policy announcements and reports, thinking about budget implications from Scotland and LGIU support for what matters to Scottish councils now.
  • In England: Follow up from the Autumn Statement, life-and-death housing maintenance, social care and, of course, a bit of World Cup.
  • In Ireland: All the local government policy news, highlights from Chambers Awards and Brigid 500

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LGIU events and training

Ready. Set. Read!

Online Training | 10:00–15:00 (GMT) | 29 November
The intellectual demands of councillors and officers are hefty, but the techniques you’ll learn in this session will help you absorb and retain information at light speed. Sign up now!

Global Local Executive Panel: Rural and coastal issues

Chief Executives from rural and coastal councils in Ireland, the UK and Australia to talk about their experiences facing the unique challenges presented to rural and coastal communities and how they’ve dealt with certain issues.

FREE for LGiU or VLGA members (non-members $49.50/£29.70)

Date: 1 December 2022


  • 07:30 GMT
  • 18:30 AEDT

Last chance saloon

Join our posse

The Local Democracy Research Centre (LDRC) is focused on investigating challenges for democracy and public policy in local places around the world. We need an Ireland or UK based research assistant. Closing date Sunday 27 November. Find out more here. Or if you know someone who fills the boots - forward this newsletter.

Give us some straight shootin'

We might have sent you a request to fill out our annual survey. If you haven't completed it yet, search through your inbox for an email from [email protected]. It won't take but a tick, and we'd surely appreciate it.

And finally...

This story made us smile...

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Council library launches seed 'borrowing' programme

The environment team at Shellharbour City Council have partnered with the libraries division to start a seed library at one of the libraries in the city. The program will be based on a ‘borrow and return’ system where users of the library can check out the seeds, take them home to grow them and once the plants are mature and harvested, they can return the seeds to the library so the cycle can start over. There are 22 types of seeds available for borrowing, including vegetables, herbs and flowers which are non-challenging to grow and suitable for the area's climate. Shellharbour City Council Mayor Chris Homer commented: “Spring is a great time of year to start your own herb garden or veggie patch and the seed library is a wonderful way to share and sustain our food safety in Shellharbour”
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