The Waimate District Council is asking its residents to help create a district-wide climate change strategy.
As the first step in the public engagement process for the strategy, a survey has been issued to gauge the sentiment around climate change in the district, allowing for a fit-for-purpose strategy to be developed.
It was important to have public input and an understanding of how the public viewed the issue, Climate Change Officer Andrew Oliver said.
“We want to create a strategy which works for us locally, it’s for the people by the people,” Andrew said.
Once the survey is collated, the next step is for a public presentation in March 2024, followed by a series of public workshops.
The presentation will present a summary of the science behind climate change and why it matters. Additionally, we are planning on having some key stakeholders in the district present their climate change vision.
The strategy will cover the four wellbeings (environmental, economic, social and cultural) as defined under the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act 2019.
The survey is now live on the Council’s website until 14 December.