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Published: 2006-09-19 00:00:00

Environment Waikato will carry out its three-yearly community telephone survey from September 26 to October 29.

The survey will help the regional council gain greater understanding of Waikato people’s views, opinions and priorities about environmental issues.

“This survey is a valuable tool for us and will bring in perspectives from those who may not normally attend public meetings or make submissions,” said Programme Manager Dr Viv Smith.

The results of this year’s survey will be used widely throughout council and will help Environment Waikato understand the community’s views as it develops sustainable agriculture and energy initiatives.

Previous results have influenced a wide range of policy areas such as water, waste, pests, natural hazards and coasts.

Benchmark questions from surveys carried out in 1998, 2000 and 2003 will be repeated so trends can be analysed.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to answer thanks to a faster question style and participants can opt to go into a prize draw for a weekend away in the region.

Contractors Gravitas Research and Strategy Limited will survey about 1000 people across the Waikato region. Participants will be randomly selected from a publicly available Telecom database.

All answers and comments provided will remain confidential.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to let us know what they think, so we urge people to take part,” Dr Smith said.

Results will be sent to territorial authorities and communities through newspapers and Environment Waikato’s newsletter, Envirocare.

Anyone with questions about the survey can call Environment Waikato on 0800 800 401.