What we’re wor­ried about

Central Leader - - News -

Traf­fic, air pol­lu­tion, and loss of her­itage sites are among wor­ries for Auck­lan­ders high­lighted in an an­nual en­vi­ron­men­tal sur­vey.

The Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil study shows most res­i­dents are con­cerned about the state of the re­gion’s en­vi­ron­ment.

Traf­fic con­ges­tion was the top worry, fol­lowed by air pol­lu­tion.

Loss of her­itage sites was caus­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more con­cern than last year. Coun­cil so­cial re­search co­or­di­na­tor Alison Reid says half of those sur­veyed felt they knew more about the en­vi­ron­ment, her­itage and bio­di­ver­sity than three years ago.

“In­creased aware­ness may be a fac­tor in this in­crease in con­cern,” she says.

The an­nual phone sur­vey of 1600 res­i­dents aims to mon­i­tor per­cep­tions and aware­ness of the nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ment, and of the coun­cil’s ser­vices.

Other re­sults showed half the par­tic­i­pants were un­happy with their ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.

More than two-thirds felt the Rugby World Cup would ben­e­fit Auck­land through eco­nomic spin-offs and the de­vel­op­ment of roads and other fa­cil­i­ties.

Those sur­veyed also had more con­fi­dence in the re­gional coun­cil, and felt they had more say in de­ci­sions than in pre­vi­ous years.

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