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As an ‘action research’ project over a period of more than three years, the Generations Project has been remarkably successful in finding out what it takes to ensure that community art practices can enrich the practice of local government in Australia. This comes at a...
As the imposition of a carbon price is planned to encourage movement away from carbon-based energy, this mapping exercise illustrates the uneven pattern of carbon use by poor households across Melbourne and across Victoria. The pattern is largely related to transport and urban planning issues....
The report presents a detailed account of the level of Victorian local government activity in greenhouse mitigation and climate change adaptation. It provides an overview of the barriers to local government involvement across the state and proposes a number of recommendations to overcome them. The...
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has been re-elected as the party of government in Victoria, with its leader, Steve Bracks, to return as premier with an only slightly diminished lower house majority of 22 seats. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the election was the...
This report discusses various models of community consultation and documents why there is currently such enthusiasm for community consultation at the local and state level in Victoria. The report also includes new research about practical approaches in Victoria to reaching people who may be disengaged,...
e-Consultation is emerging as a valuable tool for councils to engage with their community.
This guide is intended as a practical tool to help councils set up their own e-consultation strategies. Consultation is a dialogue amongst community and council. e-Consultation can enhance traditional face-to-face...
In the late 1990s a group of Victorian local government councils addressed a sustainability void in the building codes and planning regulations by developing capacity to implement Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) via the planning system. What began as a collection of largely independent initiatives progressed...
This audit examined whether councils have been prudently managing insurable risks and procuring insurance that represents value for money. It also assessed councils’ risk assessment policies and practices, including risk identification, risk mitigation and evaluation of insurable risks.
This report presents the findings of an assessment of 24 cultural development plans published by councils across Victoria, based on their alignment with principles in CDN’s Framework for Cultural Development Planning.
This paper presents results of a state-wide survey about cultural planning practices in local government across Victoria, reporting on breadth of cultural planning, amount of investment, policy influences in their development and planning processes.