Fresh water dolphins, commercialisation of the lake, invasive weeds and growing islands of silt –locals of Lake Dunstan – young and old - have pooled a myriad of aspirations and concerns about the lake as a community plan on its future starts to take shape.
Now, an online voting platform has been launched to determine which of the many Lake Dunstan issues and potential outcomes have the most support by the most people, so the community’s priorities for action can be nice and clear for decision makers.
We had a busy day visiting three schools in Cromwell and running our last online workshop to collect feedback for the community visioning report for lake Dunstan
Three decades after the creation of Lake Dunstan, Central Otago residents are being urged to use their voice to determine what the next 30 years of the lake will look like.
Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust (LDCT) is partnering with Shaping our Future, a community-focused non-profit organisation, to hold surveys and workshops about the lake.
Left to right: LDCT Trustee; Karen Gallagher; LDCT Community engagement Coordinator, Megan Phillips; LDCT Trustee, Karleigh O'Hoera; Shaping our Future Chair, Vanessa van Uden; Shaping our Future executive, John Glover; LDCT Chair, Duncan Faulkner
The Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust has contracted the Shaping Our Future organisation to create a vision for Lake Dunstan this year.
In July/August 2021 we ran a Biannual Survey to understand the concerns and values of the local community. This allowed us to present the findings to LINZ, council and local stakeholders such as Contact Energy so they could have a better grasp of how the community feels about various issues and uses of the lake.