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And Finally... 16 Dec. 22

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Almost and finally

It's our last weekly round up of 2022, thank you for your support this year and we'll see you in 2023!

There are still a few more briefings, a Christmas lights edition of Global Local and Daily News for LGIU members like you will continue through the holiday period.

We hope you have a peaceful and happy end of year break.

Welcome back to our fourth week of reflecting on our top briefings of 2022! Today, we’re showcasing some of our favourite picks from Quarter Four: October, November and December.

Quarter Four theme is self-care and balance

Even though the hustle, bustle, passion and drive of local government doesn’t stop over the holidays, we’re here to insist that you must. It’s important to strike a balance between work and personal life, and remember to reset and refresh.

We want you to come back sharper than ever and ready to tackle a new year of local governance – with LGIU right by your side! Our Q4 briefings are a reminder of the value each of you brings to local government and why you must take care of yourself to take care of local democracy.

Supporting all of local government

Place-based asset management – Insights from Georges River

Georges River Council shares their shift to place-based asset management and connecting asset planning to outcomes. The council created new internal structures that bring together specialised skills. This case study briefing from Hayley Barnes, Manager Strategic Placemaking, is free with sign-in.

What is happiness? Looking at the UK’s happiest region – Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland (NI) has its long list of issues. Enduring division, high levels of socio-economic deprivation and political instability would not make NI the obvious choice for the UK’s “happiest” region. But it is. Thomas Lynch takes a look at why.

2022 reflections from LGIU’s Chief Executive

Ahead of the new year, LGIU’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West, reflects on the last twelve months and the growth that has happened across the local government sector and across LGIU.

Using art to enhance urban development: The City of Sydney creative hoardings program

How can local governments ensure our streetscapes remain a welcoming lived environment during construction and re-developments? This blog takes a look at how the City of Sydney’s creative hoardings program offers an attractive answer to a challenge facing local governments across the world.

Global Local: Year in Review Part 1

2022 marks the first full year of Global Local, and across 49 editions we have highlighted how local governments across the world have stepped up to meet these challenges. Over the year, we've focused on sharing local best practice, innovative policies, and responses to major and overlooked issues, while encouraging greater connection between councils across the globe.

This is the first of two editions rounding up what we've covered in 2022, with a focus on the social challenges faced by local government. In January, we'll take a look at topics more connected to planning, including housing, infrastructure, climate change, infrastructure and transport.

This week in local government

See key updates in LGIU sister countries, including news, policy announcements and commentary.


In Australia weekly roundups are part of the Monday Daily News. Read the latest. Make sure you're signed up for our essential resources to get it straight to your inbox.


From heritage to levelling up, we round up the week (and the year) in local government.


If it's Christmas, it must be budget time in Scotland. Catch up with the budget and more,


All Things Ireland is the LGIU’s way of bringing you all the latest local government reports and updates from the week so far.

Quiz time!

Where in the world are Jack and Hannah?

Hint: it's a surprisingly grand and traditional town hall in the Northern Hemisphere and the subject of a song in a famous musical.

Our annual LGIU holiday lunch usually features a quiz. We ran a contest in 2019 with our Have a Mayor-y Little Christmas picture round (and the accompanying science quiz still gets a lot of web traffic, but it was so hard Ingrid hasn't been allowed to run an LGIU quiz since).

This year we'd like to invite you to another quiz contest Hit the road Jack and Hannah, it's time for the Town-Halliday quiz. We've been enjoying being back out and about with our members in 2022 and Jack and Hannah have been snapping those muncipelfies. See if you can figure out some of the places they've been in 2022.

Complete the quiz by 5 January 2023 and you could win a coveted LGIU mug that will be the envy of all the office.

Want to potentially feature in next year's round of snaps? Get in touch with our Membership Co-ordinator Jack Lister

Exclusive policy briefings

Our latest Membership and Global Local subscription briefings. To find out how you can get access to insight and analysis like this, week in and week out, join us.

Global Local: Loneliness

Last week, we looked at the issue of loneliness and what local governments can do to address it in their communities.

Open to corporate members and Global Local subscribers.

Check out our website for all the articles and resources mentioned in this newsletter and much more. Some of the links above will take you to member-only content – if you are with one of our member organisations, create your free member website account and use everything we have.

Not a member? There’s still a wealth of local government content for you – create a free website account for non-members and be part of our global local government community.

Write for LGIU

What's the story?

We're always looking for more ideas and more stories from local government. Get in touch with us with a germ of an idea or a fully fledged article or anything in between.

Join LGIU as an associate

We are looking for more LGIU associates, especially if you know finance or children's social care, but not limited to those areas. If you know local government and can write clearly and compellingly, apply today.

If this opportunity isn't for you right now, but you know someone whose words you'd like to read, forward this email.

And finally...

These stories made us smile...

Photo by Hush Naidoo Jade Photography on Unsplash

Holiday transport

Victoria’s public transport to be free on Christmas Day and NYE
Travel on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve will be free across Victoria’s public transport network, and additional services will be provided after the CBD fireworks displays when half a million people are expected to crowd Melbourne. Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll announced on Sunday travel would be free from 3am on Christmas Day until 3am on Boxing Day in metropolitan and regional networks, with a regular public holiday timetable. Travel will also be free from 6pm on New Year’s Eve until 6am on January 1st, with additional services after midnight. “This is really important to ensure that Victorians getting through to the city to see the fireworks ... can make the most of it”, Mr Carroll said.
The Age
Irish airspace will be cleared on Christmas Eve for Santa
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that Irish airspace will be cleared to allow Santa Claus to deliver toys to children this Christmas Eve. He told the Dáil: "Our intelligence is that Santa will arrive duly on time for the children of our nation. They may rest assured of that. We may not guarantee a lot of other things, but we will guarantee that most definitively."
Irish Examiner

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