Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said the survey is available on the Engage Victoria website and includes a series of questions about many aspects of litter and illegal dumping.
“Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on litter hotspots, how illegal dumping may have impacted on them, the ease at which littering and illegal dumping can be reported and any ideas they may have on litter prevention,” Cr Weston said.
The results of the survey will help develop a Regional Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan that will include a number of actions to tackle the top five priorities.
“Ask anyone about litter and illegal dumping and they usually have a story to tell because litter and illegal dumping affect all of us in some way.”
“Unfortunately, they are persistent problems in the region, Victoria and around Australia. While attitudes and behaviours have improved we need continued action to reduce littering and illegal dumping,” Cr Weston said.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, is confidential and anonymous and individual responses will be collated and analysed as group data. As an incentive, participants can provide their email address or phone number (which is kept separate to the survey responses) to enter a draw to win a $100 gift card (for use anywhere that takes EFTPOS).
Surveys must be completed by midnight on Sunday 4 August 2019 and the results will be reported back to the community in the following months.
A stakeholder workshop will be held later in August to present the results of the survey as well as the available data to consider the region’s top five priorities and the actions needed to reduce litter and illegal dumping.
Funding to develop the regional plan is provided by the Victorian Government. The plan and action plan will be used to apply for external funding as it becomes available.
The survey is available to access via website www.engage.vic.gov.au/regional-litter-and-illegal-dumping-plans/goulburn-valley