Have your say: Spaces & Places Survey Released

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Published: 14 Feb 2017

South Canterbury sport and active recreation groups, and residents will be able to ‘Have their say’ about the future of the region’s sport and active recreation facilities as part of the development of the South Canterbury Spaces and Places Plan, by completing one of two surveys now open for comment through to Friday 3 March.

The Community Survey can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SouthCanterburySpacesandPlacesPlan-CommunitySurvey

The online survey will be e-mailed to all potential sport and active recreation facility user groups on Sport Canterbury’s database, a  further survey targeted at the wider community (including casual users)  is available via an online link on the region’s District Council’s and Sport Canterbury’s websites. Copies are also available in hard copy format at Sport Canterbury and Council offices, as well as Council service centres, libraries and key high profile venues throughout the region (Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre, and the Waimate and Twizel Event Centres).

A third survey will be sent to sport and active recreation facility providers later in February.

Project Steering Group member and Spokesperson Julian Blanchard, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to have their say.  We want to hear what’s working well, what could be better, and ultimately what people think would make the most difference across the region’s sport and active recreation spaces and places to enable South Cantabrians to lead more active, healthy and enjoyable lifestyles.”

As an added incentive, and to acknowledge people’s contribution to the process, all fully completed surveys received by Friday 3 March go a draw to win one of four $100 pressie cards.

Sport Canterbury and the Mackenzie, Timaru and Waimate District Councils are working together with Trust Aoraki and the Mid-South Canterbury Community Trust to develop the plan which will identify and prioritise sport and active recreation facility needs.  It is the first time a plan of this nature has been developed across the South Canterbury region. The plan will be an open document for Councils, funders and others to use to inform and guide the region’s investment into future sport and active recreation spaces.

“There will be further opportunity for community input as the Plan develops over the next eight months, however all interested community members are encouraged to provide input from the outset to ensure their needs are appropriately and adequately considered to achieve the best possible result for the region,” said Mr. Blanchard.

“While the plan will not formally commit anyone to any particular project identified, it will provide valuable information for decision-making, and be focused on creating a more efficient and effective utilisation of existing funds and resources“

If they haven’t already Sport and Active Recreation groups are urged to contact Sport South Canterbury immediately to update their contacts details, and ensure they receive the User Groups Survey, via:

Phone (03) 686 0751

E-mail southcanterbury@sportcanterbury.org.nz

The Community Survey can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SouthCanterburySpacesandPlacesPlan-CommunitySurvey

Publish Date: 14 Feb 2017