This paper sets out an argument for local governments in Australia to encourage and foster more innovation for the benefit of their local communities. The paper covers the basic drivers and barriers to innovation in the public service and in the unique context of a local government authority. It also examines how local governments across Canada and the USA have successfully developed innovations using technology and considers what lessons these experiences provide for local governments in Victoria.
2022 Study Tour Report
by Ed Pocock
Economies across the planet rely on extracting resources and/or making things from them in order to create value and satisfy many of humanity’s needs and desires. In contrast to our current global economy, a circular economy keeps materials and products in circulation for as long as possible so that the maximum amount of value is extracted from each resource and materials are not wasted. This report contains 12 recommendations in relation to applying the circular economy concept to municipal infrastructure