Phase 1 community consultation
The aim of Phase 1 was to get a better understanding of our community’s sustainable behaviours and ambitions, and identify priority areas to be included in the Climate Action Plan.
During Phase 1, we heard from more than 1,500 community members who shared their feedback online, over the phone and in writing. One third of these community members were randomly selected.
The results presented below represent the combined feedback from the randomly selected and voluntary submissions received. The detailed research report is available for download.
What we heard
Support for a Climate Action Plan
Firstly, we wanted to know if our community was supportive of the development of a Climate Action Plan. Ninety per cent confirmed they either supported or strongly supported the development of this plan, with only 5 per cent opposing.
Equal importance across all areas of sustainability
When asked to rate the importance of different aspects of environmental sustainability, most community members felt all areas were of equal importance.
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy - 89 per cent said very/fairly important
- Sustainable water use and healthy waterways - 89 per cent said very/fairly important
- Waste management and recycling - 83 per cent said very/fairly important
- Sustainable community transport - 75 per cent said very/fairly important
- Protecting and enhancing biodiversity - 80 per cent said very/fairly important
What our community is already doing and would like to do more of
We learnt that a high percentage are already:
- avoiding or reducing their use of single-use plastics - 91 per cent with 44 per cent wanting to do more
- buying local locally produced or more sustainable items - 82 per cent with 55 percent wanting to do more
- making their home more energy efficient or using less energy - 76 per cent with 60 per cent wanting to do more
- using a home compost bin, worm farm, or a Council provided FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) bin - 82 per cent with 28 percent wanting to do more.
Other common themes
We also heard ideas and suggestions about:
- Sustainable building and planning
- Community education
- Electric vehicles
- Bikes and bike lanes
- Increasing protection of green space