GREATER Taree City Council is visiting local shopping centres to talk to the community about its draft environmental action plan.
Staff and councillors will be present at an information display at Taree Central today and Manning Mall tomorrow between 9am and 4.30pm.
Council has been making a concerted effort to obtain feedback from the community on the draft environmental action plan, with council staff attending a number of local markets, sporting and community events over the past month and through the promotion of the community survey.
Results from the survey and public exhibition of the draft environmental action plan have been mostly positive, with 84 per cent of responses received to date in support of the proposal to introduce an environmental levy to help fund the projects in the plan.
Council is hoping to receive a lot more responses to the survey before it closes on October 14 and encourages local residents to have their say. The survey is short and simple and can be completed on-line via council's website at www.taree.c c/eapsurvey, or by filling in a hard copy which can be found in the foyer of council's administration centre and at any of council's libraries.
"We have received some very useful comments from the community," Andrew Paget, council's environmental project coordinator, said.
"These comments are likely to result in some minor changes to the final version of the environmental action plan.
"We are also pleased to see such a high level of support for an environmental levy, as it will really help council to increase its ability to obtain external grant funding to undertake many of the proposed projects.
"As most external grant programs require matching funding to share the cost of the project between council and the State or federal government, not having a dedicated source of funding has been a major limiting factor in council being able to apply for grants.
"An environmental levy would enable council to provide this contribution and secure the level funding it needs to implement the plan," he said.