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Spirit of place

Melbourne from above

Place-based leadership allows strong and decisive planners to prove their value, with Melbourne a perfect example of what can be achieved. Here, Robin Hambleton looks at the Melbourne story – and explains how place-based leadership should be structured

In 1978 the centre of Melbourne in Australia was a dump. The local newspaper, The Age, described Melbourne as having “an empty, useless city centre” – and published pictures to prove it. Leap forward 30 years and The Economist praises Melbourne as being “the most liveable city in the world”. Indeed, Melbourne has now established itself as an international leader in how to create a people........
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