After collecting more than 2,324 responses over the course of the three 'It's Our Place' survey rounds, Ashburton District Council has announced the most important ideas that the community wants for the future of the district.
In order of priority, as chosen by the community, they are Roading, Community Safety, Environment, Town Centre Development, Second Bridge, Business Development, EA Networks Centre Development and New Entertainment Centres.
The Council's 'It's Our Place' campaign asked everyone from school students, newcomers, parents, small business owners, retirees and visitors to put their ideas forward, and Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says the response has delivered an overwhelming result to the Council to inform the development of its draft Long Term Plan.
"We are thrilled with the level of participation in this important campaign. Every three years, Council develops its 10 year plan for the district, and this time, we wanted to ensure we had the input of the community right from the start. They have responded to this invitation with great enthusiasm and we are delighted that people from all walks of life have contributed to the future planning of Our Place."
Three people have also been awarded $100 Prezzy cards for taking part in all three survey rounds. The names were drawn from a hat by Mayor Donna Favel at the Council meeting yesterday. The winners are Nicole Williams, Val Clements and Janine Ward.
"Thank you everyone who filled out the surveys online, spoke to the District Councillors at community events and sent in paper copies of their ideas, whether you completed all three surveys or only one. Your participation will play a crucial role in deciding what should happen in our district in the years to come," Ms Billante says.
The campaign began by asking people to submit up to three ideas for what they would like to happen in the district. Council then grouped these ideas into 15 categories and asked which ones were most important. The top eight ideas were then presented in the final survey, asking people to rank them from most important to least.
Council will use the survey results to decide what should be included in its draft Long Term Plan. The plan will be open for public consultation in early 2018 for people to say whether they agree with it or not.