Care for environment, council urged

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LOCAL residents believe Gladstone City Council needs to be more mindful of the environment.

This is one of the findings to come out of the council's new draft corporate plan.

According to the draft report the top three most important qualities for the city residents are quality of air and water, conserving energy and water resources,and reducing/recycling waste and the balance between environmental protection and industrial development.

However the results of the re-cent community satisfaction survey indicate the residents feel these environmental resources are not getting the attention they deserve from the council.

According to the survey residents satisfaction levels for the council's environmental control rates low, while its environmental protection and conservation rate medium.

Council chief executive Julie Reitano said that while the council was not able to control all local environmental issues, there was room for more to be done.

"There is an aspect of the environment that we can't control,'' she said. "Certainly the council needs to listen to the residents and find ways to promote certain initiatives in the area.'' Ms Reitano said that greater recognition of initiatives the council had already undertaken would also result in a higher priority for the environment.

The draft corporate plan is available on the council's website and open for public comment until August 15.



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