Active transport, global local responses to the Queen’s death and much more.
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Welcome to 'And finally'
We're debuting our And finally newsletter this month, we hope you like it and find it useful! Please send any feedback or suggestions for future editions to us at [email protected], we'd love to hear from you.
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The end of an era
Many of our staff are UK based and in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and as a mark of respect to the Royal Family, we altered our publication schedule to reflect the role that local government plays during periods of public mourning.
We also recognise that not everyone will feel the same type or level of emotion during this time and we are holding space for reflection and the variety of emotions that people may be experiencing. During this time, we appreciate that many of our local government colleagues are doing all that they can to ‘get this right’ and we feel the same responsibility.
In this week's Global Local newsletter, we highlighted some of these concerns, including how local governments are helping people react, and we shared resources from cities that are working to become more compassionate by supporting individuals and their loved ones through death and dying.
We also have a special post from Lucy Slack, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Local Government Association on what the Queen's death might mean for the Commonwealth. Read here.
More from LGIU
Check out the highlights from our most recent panel discussion addressing how leadership changes at local and state levels can create more connected cities and neighbourhoods that prioritise walking and cycling (free with sign in). Sign up to future events –which are free to LGIU and Victorian LGA members.
The recent keynote address from LGIU’s Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West at the 2022 Australian Local Government Association conference explored how it is only local government that can rebuild trust in democracy and meet the public policy challenges of the 21st century – but a global learning network is needed to do so.
Quote of the week
"I absolutely love LGIU and it is heavily used in the library. We often include LGIU briefs in our fortnightly current awareness product. I'm not sure how widely LGIU is used across government, but I promote it every chance I get."LGIU Member Australia
LGIU staff picks
Weekly highlights of what we're reading, watching or listening to we thought you might like, too. What do you recommend?
🎧 Listen: It turns out Alice Creasy, Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid Koehler are all listening to the same podcast, called The Rest is History. Interestingly, both a recent series on the US Civil War and a fairly recent series on Australian Prime Ministers have come up in staff meetings lately too.
📺 Watch: Freya Millard, our Content and Marketing Officer, has been watching Welcome to Wrexham. She says: "It's about actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney take over of a football (soccer) club. It's heartwarming and focuses mainly on the local community and the importance of having a sense of place and belonging. A recent episode focused on securing the stadium as a club asset again and it was quite amusing watching Rob and Ryan get frustrated with the UK land system."
Tweet of the Week
Sydney councillor Linda Scott (and chair of ALGA) tweeted:
Exclusive policy briefings
Our latest Membership and Global Local subscription briefings:
- Lightening the load: mental health support for local government workers England & Wales, Scotland. Corporate Members.
- Collaborative planning partnership model for the growth of Western Sydney. Australia. Corporate Members.
- Fact or Fake? Tackling misinformation and disinformation. Corporate Members and Global Local subscribers.
- Control of short-term rentals in Ireland. Corporate Members.
- A First Nations Voice to Parliament: Local Government’s role. Australia. Corporate Members.
- UK Government Food Strategy - What does it mean for local authorities? Corporate Members.
- Oireachtas Review – September 2022 Ireland. Corporate Members.
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LGIU events and training
This week we delivered in-house training for Shetland Islands Council in Scotland on a variety of management skills, a course on report writing for Wakefield Council in England and continued to provide an introduction to local government finance for Unison.
Looking for some training? Get in touch via [email protected] to create something customised to your needs.
This story made us smile.
York crazy golf plans draw dozens of objections
Dozens of objections have been lodged with City of York Council over plans to build a 12-hole crazy golf course beside York Library, next to the ruins of a medieval hospital and Roman tower. While local entrepreneurs David Finch and Helen Birkitt say the course will include information boards explaining the city's history, the York Civic Trust objected due to the "highly sensitive historic location", something echoed by the Yorkshire Gardens Trust.
This story comes from Daily News, an LGIU member-only service.
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