Public Asked to Vote on Priorities for Lake Dunstan
NEWS RELEASE 06/05/2022
An online voting platform has just been launched to determine which of the many Lake Dunstan issues and potential outcomes have the most support by the most people so that the community’s priorities for action are clearly understood by decision makers.
The mainly redundant pontoons at Butchers Drive, Cromwell. Photo Credit Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust
Over the last few months, Shaping our Future (an independent community visioning organisation) has built on the previous work of the Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust and captured the key issues, the things that the community value and what the community would like to see in the future for Lake Dunstan and its margins.
They are now asking people to use an online platform to vote for their personal priorities.
Shaping our Future coordinator John Glover commented “recognising that not every issue can be addressed at once, it’s key to focus on what will have the greatest impact and the greatest support across the local community.”
“But within that, how do you rank the need to provide functional boat ramps against the need to have a lead body that takes overall responsibility for everything or planning policies that represent the community views on topics like waterparks and houseboats?”
John added, “in gathering and reviewing all the community issues and aspirations it’s clear that the fragmented and uncoordinated roles of the different decision-making agencies is a significant barrier to progress so perhaps that should be a priority to address in itself.”
Voting is now live HERE and will run to the end of the first week of June.
Shaping our Future and the Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust are encouraging as many people as possible to hop online and vote and have a great collection of prizes to be won by those who register. The link to the voting site is displayed on the home pages of both organisations’ websites.
John concluded, “it’s great to be able to use new engagement methods to help overcome the barriers presented by covid and also allow for people to contribute at a time that suits them”.
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