Survey results released

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Link Upper Clutha has released the results of the three questions survey it has conducted about life in the area.

The community-wide survey was conducted from October last year to March this year to gather ideas for the future of the Upper Clutha community. More than 600 responses were received from face-to-face interviews, online surveys and written responses.

The questions were:

What do you love about your community?

How could it be even better

How could you help?

“Survey respondents told us that the things they value are the beautiful environment we live in and the supportive, friendly and close-knit community. For many the environment is what first draws them to Wanaka but its the people and the community that make them want to stay,” Link Upper Clutha facilitator Kathy Dedo said.

“The responses indicate a rising level of concern that the things we value so dearly are slipping away as we grow. Wanaka is no longer a town where you know everyone at the supermarket.

“As a community we want to see better planning and management of growth, with attention to infrastructure issues like parking and transport. People are seeking a more connected and supported community, and are seriously worried about affordability.

“As a community we have a strong spirit of volunteering and many of us are already involved in a variety of ways.”

A drop-in session for community groups and individuals seeking information or connection is being held tomorrow from 10.30am-noon at the Cinema Paradiso.

“Tap into our database of groups and initiatives under way in the Upper Clutha, or ask questions of the Link team who can help with planning, marketing, and generally turning ideas into action,” she said.