Demographic trends are presenting many challenges to local government, as populations age, more people retire and demand for services continues to increase.
There are numerous social and economic policy issues at the national, regional and local levels. Local government plays a leading role in shaping the policy debate around issues that matter.
Resources pressures are immense. It can be extremely stressful trying to do even more with even less. The entrepreneurial mindset blends creativity and determination.
Statutory obligations, legislation and regulations can combine to create a bureaucracy that stifles innovation and hinders customer service. New technology is an opportunity and a challenge.
Local government has a powerful role to play in the local economy, supporting small and medium enterprises to launch, survive and thrive.
Successful change in local government will be helped by the development of an entrepreneurial organisational culture that encourages an entrepreneurial mindset in officials, workers and citizens.