Public input sought on Ashburton District’s Open Space Strategy


Ashburton District Council is seeking public feedback on how the district's open spaces are used and what provisions might be required for the future.

The feedback will help inform the development of a draft Open Space Strategy which, when completed, sets out the strategic priorities for the next 20 to 30 years.  

As part of preparing the strategy, Council is looking for public input to assist with understanding what the issues are in relation to open space and also what projects are, or could, occur in the district.

An online survey is available for people to complete on Council's website, with hard copies of the survey available from Ashburton Public Library and from Council's reception area from Monday 23 February.

Senior Policy Advisor Fleur Mulligan says the survey is an effective means to gather information about how the community uses open space areas and put forward their views on what can be done better.

"Instead of spending more on lots of new projects, we need to make sure existing funds are spent in the right places with maximum benefit. The feedback we get through the survey will have an important role in shaping the draft strategy."

Council will also be co-ordinating the development of the strategy with other open space providers as well as consulting with other land management agencies and special interest groups.

Ms Mulligan says while the strategy is focused on land owned or managed by Council, it is important to consider the role of open spaces which are owned or managed by other organisations.

"The way different areas are being developed will affect the needs for other areas. For example the enhancement of a Department of Conservation owned picnic area may negate the need for other picnic spaces in the local area."

She says the development of the strategy is a great opportunity to look at all areas of open space in the district and consider the areas as a combined network or group of assets.

The survey closes on Monday 6 April.

Click here to submit your survey online



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