More than 1000 people have had their say as part of early engagement on the Dunedin City Council’s next 10 year plan.
Feedback from the early engagement, held last month, was presented to Councillors this morning at a workshop open to the public.
DCC Communications and City Marketing Manager Leanne Mash says over 2700 comments were received from over 1000 respondents to an early engagement online survey and/or comments wall.
“This is a very pleasing response and we thank everyone who took the time to take part and share their views.”
Ms Mash says a key finding from the early engagement was that a majority of respondents wanted the DCC to do “about the same” or “a little bit more” in five of the six topic areas asked about: Roads, Water and Waste Services; Libraries Arts and Culture; Social and Community Wellbeing; Economic Wellbeing; and Environment and Sustainability.
“There was a different response to the question around ‘Environment and Sustainability’ in the online survey, where nearly 71% of respondents wanted us to do ‘a lot more’ or ‘a bit more’ in this area,” she says.
Council trialled an online comments wall that attracted 400 comments and 3400 plus ‘thumbs up’ from people. Councillors participated throughout the engagement, joining the Library Book Bus on various routes and attending the Otago Farmers Market over two weekends. Council also received some written submissions and held a hui.
Ms Mash says all the feedback received will help the DCC now draft its 10 year plan 2024-34 for formal public consultation in March/April.
The 10 year plan early engagement feedback can be viewed online at www.dunedin.govt.nz/council/council-meetings/workshops.