Report on challenges for Nelson's future released

Thursday 5 May 2011, 11:17AM
By Nelson City Council


Ensuring Nelson in the future is a thriving and successful community is a top priority for Council. As part of the Framing Our Future strategy aimed at achieving this, a report has been commissioned by Nelson City Council from the Cawthron Institute which is now available for downloading here.

The 60 page report entitled Sustainability Stocktake of Nelson City, discusses the top sustainability action areas for Nelson City and identifies important opportunities for future development. The research team identified 14 action areas including: air quality, atmosphere (greenhouse gas and ozone), biodiversity, coasts, consumption, energy security, externalisation of environmental impacts, food security, freshwater (quality and quantity), land cover and land use, population, societal impacts, transport and waste disposal.

Mayor Aldo Miccio says “We commissioned it to give us a clear, scientific baseline so we have a better idea of where we stand as we begin to frame our future with the Sustainability Strategy. This report is a great starting point for the community workshops we’re having in May to gather ideas on how to make sure Nelson is ready for change and at the forefront of successful communities in the future.. It has also been well received by the Mayoral Taskforce I’ve assembled to work with Council on developing our Strategy.”

The report makes clear that this is an initial list of action areas and others may well emerge as the Council’s “Framing Our Future” process advances.

This process needs to involve as diverse a range of people as possible and everyone is encouraged to take part through a series of interactive workshops being held to gather ideas on the following dates:

Tuesday 24 May 7 – 9.30pm at Nayland College Hall
Thursday 26 May 9.30am – 12noon at Victory Community Centre
Friday 27 May 1 – 3.30pm at the Granary at Founders Heritage Park
Tuesday 31 May 7 – 9.30pm at the Trafalgar Pavilion (Trafalgar Park)
Everyone is welcome at all events and refreshments will be provided.