NSW Government sends boffins to Japan

A group of NSW scientists showcased the State’s nanotechnology research at a major international exhibition in Tokyo.   As part of its strategy to globalise the state’s economy and to create jobs and investment opportunities, the State Government supported the scientists to take part in one of the world’s largest nanotechnology exhibition and conference, Nano […]

Big help for little islands

By Jo Cooper Located about 5000km southeast of Sydney, the Cook Islands is a selfgoverning country in free association with New Zealand nestled between fellow Polynesian neighbours Samoa and French Polynesia. Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is working with the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID), the government’s aid and development agency, to assess […]

UK councils pilot community budgets

By Jo Cooper A group of UK councils have been given financial autonomy in a groundbreaking pilot scheme that promises to deliver better community spending. The Community Budgets initiative was launched in the Comprehensive Spending Review in late October 2010, when the Cameron Government announced 16 areas would be placed in charge of pools of […]

Spending in tough times

By Guy Callender In the wake of the global financial crisis (GFC), Australia has once again shown itself to be a 'lucky country'. Other countries had a very tough time during the GFC and many are still sweating as global economies struggle to emerge from the gloom of a sudden, sharp recession. High debt, high unemployment, […]

Austrade’s broadband mission to Asia

By Lilia Guan The Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency, Austrade, has called for businesses and government representatives to join the agency on a broadband tour of Asia. Austrade, in partnership with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), will take delegates to Japan, Korea and Singapore to gain business insights towards […]

Uganda offers refreshing solutions

Those in the Australian water industry were recently inspired by the stories of international experts, including two tales of remarkable transformation and innovative future vision. Penny Landfield reports. Twelve years ago the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in Uganda had the odds stacked against it. The changes of delivering crucial services like fresh water […]

Study tour: lessons from a UK council

By Jo Cooper Against a backdrop of union concerns and leadership instability, the UK's Essex County Council has embarked on a radical plan to transform its services and savings. You're running a council but finances are getting tight. You can see the writing on the wall: if drastic action is not taken services will soon […]


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