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Citizens’ quality of life is crucial to a thriving community. Local governments around the world recognise this and many actively promote residents’ wellbeing. Two initiatives, one from Australia and the other from Spain, are innovative examples of how wellbeing is being successfully incorporated. Australia’s Sunshine Coast Council used existing research from the UK, showing how

Introduction Some people like street parties and community festivals. Others enjoy a daily meet up at the off-leash park where local dogs and their owners socialise and make friends. Residents bond through volunteering or campaigning to improve aspects of the local area, creating community gardens, advocating against over-development, helping at kids clubs, piloting a food

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