Improvements to bushland reserves and raising awareness about sustainability are among projects being carried out by Council’s environment team, which are heavily reflected in a recent community survey, according to Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson.
The Community Environment Survey is undertaken every four years to help council guide and develop its environmental projects and programs.
The survey asked participants questions such as what they valued most about Mitchell’s natural environment and what were the most important environmental issues.
Survey results indicated the community values parks and open spaces, with more than 90 per cent having visited a bushland reserve in Mitchell in the past year.
This backs up the work council has been doing to manage and enhance parks and reserves, such as large government-funded improvements at the Broadford Common and Monument Hill Reserve in Kilmore.
Raising community awareness of environment and sustainability was rated by survey participants as a high priority, which was reflected in a recent permaculture book launch at Seymour Library attended by 110 people.
Meanwhile, the survey revealed 83 per cent of respondents control their own weeds — something council does extensively. Last financial year, council controlled declared noxious and environmental weeds in 39 reserves and along 574km of roadsides.
Mayor Sanderson said the environment was very important to both council and the community.
‘‘Mitchell’s natural environment is one of our greatest assets and the results from this survey reaffirm just how much the environment means to our community,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘The results will help us better understand the environmental and sustainability activities being undertaken by our community, as well as the challenges they may face in undertaking these activities.