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Published: 2003-07-17 00:00:00

Environment Waikato will be asking the community what it thinks about environmental issues in an upcoming telephone survey.

About 1800 people will be asked to take the 10 minute survey to help the Council gain a greater understanding of people’s views, opinions and priorities on environmental issues. Community and Economy Programme Manager Wendy Boyce told this week’s Environment Committee meeting that it would bring in perspectives from people who may not normally attend public meetings or make submissions.

The survey asks people about their awareness of environmental issues, their attitudes, knowledge and their own environmental actions. The results analyse similarities and differences between urban and rural, people in different districts, ages, Maori and non-Maori.

Wendy Boyce said the surveys, which are done every three years, were a valuable and efficient tool for gathering community opinion on environmental issues. Because they intruded on people’s lives, the calls would be limited to daytime and early evening, limited to a maximum of 15 minutes, provide a freephone number for enquiries and not record any private names or addresses. Participants can also be in a prize draw for a weekend away in the Region.

Results would be sent to territorial authorities and communities through newspapers and EnviroCare. They would assist in preparing the Long Term Council Community Plan, the Clean Streams project and changes being made to improve Lake Taupo’s water quality water.