Who Cares about the Environment? Environment Attitudes and Priorities in the City of Glenorchy
In early 2019 Glenorchy City Council invited residents to tell us what they think about the local environment. We wanted to find out what bushland reserves people visit, what are the local environmental issues of most concern to them, and what environmental behaviours people have adopted at home. We had over 380 respondents to the survey. Thanks to all those who participated.
Respondents who completed the survey were entered into the draw to win a $50 movie voucher. The winner drawn on 14 May 2019 was R.Butler of Chigwell.
Data from this survey is being used to benchmark environmental attitudes, behaviours, and priorities, and help shape future programs and strategies around our city’s natural areas and open spaces.
Several Community Environmental Priorities were identified in the survey results including:
- Waterway health
- Presentation of open spaces
- Streetscape aesthetics and community pride
- Walking tracks and connectivity in natural areas
- Greening our city
These Community Environmental Priorities have been the focus of collaborative discussions across Council, with the aim of identifying:
- current initiatives that address the Community Environmental Priorities
- how these initiatives can be coordinated more effectively, and
- new initiatives that could compliment what is already underway to address these priority areas.
The survey results are already being used to help guide decision making and prioritise some projects within the City's natural areas. You can find out more about the survey results and Community Environmental Priorities by downloading the following documents:
Chigwell Orchard Proposal in Bethune Street Reserve
Glenorchy City Council received a proposal from Chigwell Orchard Relocation Project Inc. (CORP) and the Chigwell Child and Family Centre to allocate a section of Bethune Street Reserve in Chigwell for the establishment of a community orchard.
During December 2018 and January 2019 we provided information about the proposal and sought feedback from the community about this idea, and specifically the allocation of part of Bethune Street Reserve for the orchard. Over 300 households in streets surrounding the reserve were sent an information pack and invited to complete a survey. Information was also distributed at the Chigwell Child and Family Centre.
Investigation of a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) Kerbside Waste Collection - Community Feedback Report
As part of Glenorchy City Council’s review of its Waste Management Strategy 2013-2023, Council is investigated the introduction of a kerbside Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin collection service.
Council asked for community feedback on the proposal through a survey in November 2018. The survey received over 1,300 responses with representation from across the municipality, with 90% of respondents listing the introduction of a FOGO service as ‘important’ or ‘very important’. To view a copy of the survey results report click here, or visit Council’s Customer Service area to obtain a copy. At the Council meeting of 29 January 2019 Council received a report on the survey results.
At the Council meeting on 25 March 2019, Council considered the results of the survey and a detailed business case and voted in favour of introducing a kerbside FOGO service from 2020.
Tolosa Park Dam Redevelopment
August 2018 Survey
Since the April 2018 Tolosa Park survey, Council officers have been continuing to review the redevelopment and, considering Council’s current financial situation, looking at how Council can best meet community expectations into the future.
There are currently two options for Tolosa Park being considered:
Option one – turn the dam into an open grassed recreation space.
Option two – fill the dam with clean fill material and focus funding on existing open spaces.
A follow up survey was open during August for individuals and community groups to have their say on which option they preferred.
Results from the survey were included in a report and business case that went to the Council meeting (link) on 24 September 2018.
Following submissions from stakeholders about the two options that were proposed, Council resolved to defer making any final decision on the future of the Tolosa Dam site until it can consider a revised report.
This report will present a proposal for the dam to be partially filled with cleanfill from the proposed MONA hotel development over 12 to 18 months to create a partially flat site and then landscaped and remediated in partnership with MONA. Council is working with MONA and TasWater to explore this option.
A report will be presented to Council at a future meeting for further consideration..
Further information will be made available on this page and in Council offices when a final decision has been made by Council.
April 2018 Survey Results
Council undertook a community survey, in April this year, regarding the decommissioning of the Tolosa Park dam. The decommissioning is necessary as the dam does not meet current safety standards and is no longer used as a drinking water source.
There was an overwhelming response, with over 700 respondents.
Council officers developed a Community Feedback Report summarising the community responses along with staff input.
Based on the feedback, a series of recommendations were made in these categories:
- Future planning for Tolosa Park
- A business plan for the decommissioning of the Tolosa Dam
- Open space planning in the broader Glenorchy area
The Council report was adopted on 25 June 2018.
Communications Forum and Survey
Earlier in 2018, Council held a communications forum, attended by members of the community and also held a survey. The collected data helped provide the direction of the communications strategy, which was ultimately adopted by Council. The new Communications Strategy aims to ensure appropriate communication methods are employed by Council to ensure its communities are informed, engaged, can create dialogue and be aware of existing and emerging opportunities.
As part of that strategy, Council directed the General Manager to develop a Council presence on social media through the operation of a Glenorchy City Council Facebook page as soon as practical.