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Building stronger communities: Insights from Glen Eira’s CEO Rebecca McKenzie

In this interview, Rebecca McKenzie, CEO of Glen Eira City Council, reflects on her experience in local government. She discusses the importance of community engagement, managing relationships with elected councillors, and the essential role of values like respect, trust and public purpose in the local government sector.


New insights from the latest edition of the SGS Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index

This latest edition of SGS’ Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index provides timely evidence on the social, economic and environmental trends of Australia’s cities and regions. It shows the importance of place and reprises the reality that where you live influences your access to opportunities and overall wellbeing.


A guide for better open space planning in growth areas

Adequate, high-quality and accessible open space is critical to local community wellbeing; however, this is not what is occurring in practice. This briefing examines best practices in open space planning and provides guidance in navigating the impacts of decreasing open space availability.

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New councillor? LGIU is here for you

Whether you’re a brand new councillor or an old hand, LGIU is here to support you to deliver for your local residents. LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West explains how new councillors can start benefitting from LGIU now.

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Reclaiming CEO recruitment for sustainable local governance

In today’s resource-scarce environment, a well-matched CEO is crucial for organisational stability and effectively managing public services. This briefing emphasises the need for councils to reduce reliance on external headhunters in CEO recruitment and focus on long-term organisational stability.

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Collection: Libraries, leisure and parks

This collection showcases LGIU’s resources exploring libraries, leisure and parks. In this collection you will find open content, member briefings and Global Local newsletters exploring best practice in delivering and maintaining community spaces and services, alongside an array of global case studies.

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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.


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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