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PacificEdge | November 18, 2017

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City of Sydney

Will a new educational centre diversify or increase competition in sustainability education?

October 2, 2015 | 2

The arrival of a questionnaire about how much the proposed Sydney City Farm should charge for its workshops raises the question of competition in community education and of local government’s role in offering it…Read More

Local government version 2.0: from managerialism to platform

August 1, 2012 |

WHY IS THE  iPHONE a model for local government and what does C3I and Citizen 2.0 have to do with it? That’s what we’re going to explore in this story as we investigate what are preliminary ideas for a new role for local government in Australia.

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My work in local government—a few thoughts

August 1, 2012 |

LOCAL GOVERNMENT—it’s the level of government closest to the people in Australia and it’s this situation that gives it its reputation. And that’s quite a variable reputation that spans the distance from appreciation to criticisms of excessive bureaucracy.

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A next-to-last project: a new community garden for Woolloomooloo

August 1, 2012 |

ONE OF MY FINAL PROJECTS before finishing my tour as the City of Sydney’s community garden coordinator was to get the Bourke Street Park Community Garden started in Wooloomooloo. This will be Woolloomooloo’s second community garden, the first one, in Sydney Place, now being in full use.

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A good experience that could be made better

June 1, 2012 |

WHEN I STARTED with the council as an employee I had only three days with the role’s previous occupant to learn what it was I was supposed to do. This was far from adequate.

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Footpath planter gardens turn dull Waterloo space into colourful and productive place

March 25, 2012 |

IT COMBINED ELEMENTS of learning and doing, social benefit and placemaking. And it would go on the footpath in Waterloo.

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Entrepreneurship the means to get good things done, says Ernesto Sirolli

November 28, 2011 | 1

I’M FILLED WITH INSPIRATION as I write these words after spending two hours with about 60 others at Town Hall House in the presence of Ernesto Sirolli.

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Town Hall to go vegetable green

April 1, 2011 |

How do you make a small food garden on the terrace outside the meeting room at Town Hall House? You get an enthusiastic team, an experienced trainer and then you get things started…Read More