Over the Christmas period, Redland City Council is inviting residents to spend up to 40 minutes completing on-line surveys.
The survey results will help Council identify important activities to be included in the draft Corporate Plan for the five year period 2015-2020.
Despite the survey period coinciding with the Christmas holidays, Redlands2030 urges readers to participate.
A high level of community involvement in this survey should help make the Council’s draft Corporate Plan reflect the community’s values and priorities as set out in the Redlands 2030 Community Plan.
The deadline for completing these surveys is 5 January 2015.
The Corporate Plan Survey is an opt-in exercise which may give Council information depending on:
- how well the survey questions are worded
- the number of responses to the survey
- the extent to which respondents are representative of the City’s community.
Unlike the opt-in surveys conducted by some private companies and politicians, there are no prizes or other incentives for completing the Corporate Plan survey.
Inaccuracy of opt-in polls is discussed in: Study Finds Trouble for Opt-in Internet Surveys.
These surveys includes some confusing questions which are likely to provide less accurate survey findings than a well designed unbiased survey.
As long as Councils method limitations are recognised, these surveys offer the potential for obtaining community input at minimal cost.
Completing the Corporate Plan surveys
These on-line surveys can be found on the Redland City Council webpage. A link is provided at the end of this post.
There are 8 different on-line surveys. The Council estimates that each survey would take on average less than 5 minutes to complete. Each survey can be done separately, so you can do them all or just the ones that you are interested in completing.
The surveys can be completed anonymously but Council gives respondents the opportunity to provide an email address if they wish to receive further information.
The eight survey topics are the vision outcomes of the Redlands 2030 CommunityPlan:
- Survey 1 Healthy natural environment
- Survey 2 Green living
- Survey 3 Embracing the bay
- Survey 4 Quandamooka country
- Survey 5 Strong and connected communities
- Survey 6 Wise planning and design
- Survey 7 Supportive and vibrant economy
- Survey 8 Inclusive and ethical governance
Examples of statements
The first survey topic is “Healthy natural environment”. For this topic the following statements are to be rated:
- Opportunities to unlock the potential of public/private lands through low impact commercialisation (e.g. short term accommodation) are fostered through a program of long-term collaboration and partnerships.
- Redland’s waterways are healthy.
- Threatened species are maintained and recovered.
- Visitor’s experiences of Redland’s natural areas are enhanced.
- Liveability for residents is improved through better access to and connectivity of Redland’s natural areas.
- Community stewardship of the environment is fostered and supported via programs to involve volunteers, develop partnerships, educate the community and other extension programs.
- Redland’s natural assets including flora, fauna, habitats, biodiversity, ecosystems and waterways are protected, enhanced and restored.
These statements do not clearly relate to the existing Redlands 2030 Community Plan’s goals (pages 10-11), or its measurement indicators and targets.
Rating the statements and making comments
People are asked to rate statements (from 1 – 7) according to:
A) Where is this issue currently?
B) Where should it be?
C) How important is this issue to the future of the community?
Some issues may be difficult to respond to. For example, in Survey 3 – Embracing the Bay, respondents are asked to rate the statement:
“Relevant Priority Development Areas (PDAs) support equitable outcomes for island residents such as access to affordable parking.”
Assuming that people completing the survey are familiar with PDAs, they will have to decide if the question relates to current arrangements (where free parking is available) or what might happen if the areas are redeveloped by Walker Corporation.
Be aware that if you are doing a particular survey, all questions must be completed and there is no option of saying “don’t know”.
In each survey, the final page gives you an opportunity to make comments. This should be used to address issues you consider are not covered by the survey statements. It is also a way of clarifying your views if you have difficulty rating any statement(s).
Link to Council webpage
If you want to know more or complete the surveys go to the Council website at this link:
Remember that the deadline for completing surveys is 5 January 2015.
Again, Redlands2030 urges readers to complete these surveys.
Current Corporate Plan
Here, for reference, is a link to the current Redland City Council 2010-2015 Corporate Plan.