New report explores Local Government’s international relationships


Sister Cities report coverA new report, Sister Cities and International Alliances, has been published by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG). The report which was co-authored by GDC Director Alex Gooding provides an overview of Australian local government international and sister city relationships. It includes a literature review, a quantitative Australian-wide survey, case studies, and guided discussions with stakeholders. The report describes Australian local government engagement in international relationships, assesses their value to Australian councils and communities, and attempts to provide practical guidance for councils interested in establishing or expanding such relationships.

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Indexes and statistical summaries for GDC blogs

The last posts added for 2015 in both the StrategicMatters and Sociamind blogs provide a statistical overview of each blog and an index of 2015 posts. Both blogs have had their busiest year since they were established, with each receiving well over 2,000 visitors. These posts also discuss the future direction of each blog.

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The Strategic Week commences

Welcome to a new service on the Gooding Davies Consultancy StrategicMatters blog –  – the Strategic Week (TSW), a short summary of the some of the week’s key developments in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport.

The intention is not only to take a weekly snapshot of the main events across these key strategic policy areas but also to provide a sense of how they relate to each other and how they are – or are not – working together. TSW will provide a quick summary of each event or story along with relevant links, especially to the original media statements and reports where these are available. Commentary (identified as such) will be added from time to time to some and more detailed articles on specific issues will continue to appear on the blog.

Three editions of TSW have appeared so far in 2015  and it will reappear in early January 2016. The format of TSW is likely to change further over time as it is fine-tuned. TSW will be trialled for the first half of 2016 and then reviewed.

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Welcome to GDC News

Welcome to a new feature on our website: GDC News. While we’re still maintaining our blogs, StrategicMatters and Sociamind, we’ll be using this page to post the latest news about Gooding Davies Consultancy’s activities and projects as well as relevant developments in all the areas we’re interested in. Please bookmark this page and return here often for news updates.

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