The number of people sleeping rough in rural areas has increased by 24% in the last year.
The government’s latest funding package isn’t enough to solve this structural problem.
Local councils lack the means to tackle homelessness, but are often closest to the people at risk. A national plan should recognise and resource the role councils can play in preventing homelessness.
A national survey shows that, while Australians see the traditional council services as very important, most support local government involvement in a much broader range of issues and activities.
Attracting more diverse municipal candidates who represent Canada’s population requires better pay. Right now, city council jobs favour aging white men who are retired or independently wealthy.
The promised £39 million is not enough to ‘level up’ park provision in the UK.
If communities don’t understand and support local heritage protections, perhaps that’s a reflection on how the system works and not just evidence of a need for public education.
From planning, transport, education, housing, to decisions about grants and businesses, local authorities can play a role in perpetuating ethnic disadvantages – or could be used to address them.
Digital communications could be a force for greater local democracy in urban planning and development, but many councils use the technologies in ways that mirror traditional consultation.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, regional Australia needs local government to emulate the example of the local councils that brought prosperity to North Queensland after the second world war.
Local councils work hand in hand with industries like construction. If the downturn is allowed to cripple councils, that will also hit essential businesses hard.
A particular brand of climate denial among coastal property owners presents a conundrum for councils and governments trying to plan for sea-level rise.
Parish council elections are a vital part of democracy – so why are people put off getting involved?
Councils have sold off vast amounts of land since 2014 – land that was previously used for important public services.
We found hundreds of local council workers willing to give out login details for government systems without realising.
The workplace parking levy is a simple idea, but tricky to implement.
A national survey shows councils know much of the housing in their local areas isn’t affordable. But providing affordable housing is not a priority because they see it as being beyond their means.
Tree bonds are set to be introduced by a Melbourne city council to protect city trees. But how do they work and why are they needed?
Putting money into the hands of local communities will be a more useful antidote to the whims of world capitalism.
Queensland led the way in the 1920s – it’s about time for the other states to catch up on reforming local council elections.