Community survey for Green Island area

New survey . . . Greater Green Island Community Network community worker Larna McCarthy, flanked by the Green Island community playground successful network project new 2020 community survey of residents' ideas and feedback on projects. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

The Greater Green Island Community Network is launching a wide-ranging community survey asking residents to share their concerns around local issues and ideas for community projects.

The survey is a follow-up to the network’s successful 2016 “baseline action research survey”of 1200 residents, which was used to lobby councils for road safety improvements, community facilities and beautification projects.

Network community worker Larna McCarthy said it was hoped the 2020 survey would bring new ideas for projects to the fore, and give local residents the chance to highlight any concerns.

“The work we were able to do with the information gathered through the first survey has shown how useful it is to have that community input,” she said.

“Projects such as the Green Island playground, the Runciman St tunnel and the roundabouts at the south end of Green Island and Abbotsford have all either been initiated on behalf of the community or advocated for.”

The community had helped the network to raise more than $230,000 towards the playground, and many local children under 5 years had contributed to the design.

The network wanted to continue to be locally led, and so needed feedback on projects and initiatives that were important to local people and could be pursued in the coming year, Ms McCarthy said.

“We have already had some feedback at community events, including people wanting a roundabout to ease congestion at the Green Island offramp near the petrol station, and requests for a bin, shade, and extra seating at the playground.”

The survey is open to residents living throughout the Greater Green island area, including Abbotsford, Brighton, Burnside, Concord, Green Island, Fairfield, Ocean View, Westwood, and Waldronville.

The 2020 survey questions are similar to those in 2016, covering people’s perceptions of their neighbourhoods, as well as community facilities, health and education services, businesses, road safety, and more.

“It will be very interesting to see how people feel about how friendly their local communities are, in the wake of Covid-19 lockdown,” Ms McCarthy.

“I think we have witnessed a greater sense of community during this time.”

While New Zealand remains in Covid-19 Alert Level 2, the survey will be launched online through the Greater Green Island Community Network Facebook page.

Once restrictions are eased further, hard-copy versions of the survey will be distributed to residents.

“We are going for a staggered approach, to protect the health of our volunteers and the community,” Ms McCarthy said.