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Debra Bradley
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The relationship between the Local Government Act and the Resource Management Act is more like distant cousins scratching around for things in common than that of close siblings. So it’s not surprising that staff writing either resource or asset management plans have the power to trip each other up.

Here's my blog on how infrastructure strategies can help to manage these tensions.
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Can you just write an executive summary? If you’ve just finished your asset management plan or infrastructure strategy this request may not exactly be music to your ears! Here's a summary of feedback I requested on what makes a good executive summary.

http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/blog/how-to-write-better-executive-summaries
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Councils and economic development agencies throughout New Zealand are competing with each other to attract more young people. It may be smarter for councils and other employers to spend a larger proportion of time and energy engaging and retaining older workers.
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In this article Rob and Jan Fryer, of FuturEcology, provide practical advice on choosing the best plants for riparian margins and on establishing a weed control regime.

People often want to 'plant a forest' in a riparian margin, but they are better off choosing plants like Carex Secta which provide one metre of shade over a small waterway and will fold down in a flood.
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I'm working on my third infrastructure strategy for the year. To help myself navigate this process I have written down the steps I follow to complete a strategy. I hope you will also find it useful if you are writing an infrastructure strategy or any other large document involving multiple sources of information. It's available at http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/free-resources.html
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If you have you been asked to write an infrastructure strategy for your council, this four page summary will help you to break down the process into manageable steps.

It is based on my experience of writing four infrastructure strategies, for four different councils (three this year). You can download the free summary of my seven steps to writing an infrastructure strategy here.
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In the build up to the NZ election there has been a lot of talk about water quality and the need to plant more riparian margins. However, there has been very little discussion about the time and cost involved in the ongoing weed control and maintenance of these margins.

I asked Rob and Jan Fryer, of FuturEcology, about the reasons why landowners resist riparian planting and how councils can help to resolve these issues. Here's a link to the article - http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/blog/how-to-overcome-resistance-to-fencing-streams
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Ever tried to write a vision statement for your region, council or business? It's not easy, that's for sure. A conference I went to last week really emphasised to me the importance of stories and the value of creating a clear vision, no matter how serious your subject is.
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Have you ever struggled to give a summary of complex information in a concise, compelling way? I sure have. Sometimes it’s really hard to get inside the content and wrestle it into the shape of a story that people both relate to and remember. Here's a really simple structure that will help you to share your information in a story format.
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Infrastructure is expensive, and is the largest portion of the rates bill, by far. And yet asset management plans and infrastructure strategies don't get a whole lot of consideration by councillors and the community. Here's my video and blog on this subject - http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/blog/highlighting-asset-management-issues
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