JCU project to help ascertain sustainability issues

Burdekin residents are being invited to take part in a questionnaire as part of James Cook University research to examine attitudes toward sustainability and climate change.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said the aim of the research was to gauge the importance of these issues on a local level.

“Most of the current sustainability criteria are based on broad-based national data and does not factor in the issues at a local level,” he said.

“So this sort of research project is important, not just to policy makers in state and federal governments, but also to local governments.

“The results will enable council to help create solutions to the issues impacting on the Burdekin and formulate policy for the region’s sustainable future.”

Cr Lowis said this research was the Burdekin’s chance to have a say on climate change and sustainability issues.

“These sorts of policies have the potential to impact on our lifestyle, economic future and the well-being of the general community,” he said.

“I would urge everyone to take the time to fill out the questionnaire so we ensure the Burdekin’s voice is heard.”

The questionnaire is available on line at www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYMYPFP and print copies are available at the Council Chambers at 145 Young Street, Ayr, and the Burdekin Libraries (Queen Street, Ayr and Ninth Avenue, Home Hill).


Media contact:     Bill Lowis on 4783 9812


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