Poll offers plenty to think about

GRIFFITH residents are united in their condemnation of the Railway Street freight hub location, a new survey has revealed.

Locals made their opinions known in a community satifaction survey released in November after the Growing Griffith 2030 plan identified the need for a baseline measurement of current services.

According to the results Griffith residents overwhelmingly support the relocation of the Railway Street freight terminal and said the time has come for a green waste collection bin for households.

The state of the pound and the pool also polled very poorly, but other amenities including the outdoor fitness equipment and cycleways got a strong tick of approval.

Mayor John Dal Broi said the response rate was underwhelming but it gave him plenty to think about.

"It's important for us as a council to really see what the community favours and where they see issues and problems," Cr Dal Broi said.

"I'm quite buoyed by the fact the "very unsatisfied" response was reasonably low but I am also aware the survey showed there are some areas we can do a lot better.

"Even though the survey was filled in by a small number, they were responsible and genuine people so council will certainly do this again and I'd encourage more people."

In the spirit of community collaboration, Cr Dal Broi urged locals to make their opinions on the pool renovations heard before a final decision is made.

"The pool audit is still out in the public domain for comment and council will formulate a position in early July," he said.

"It's most important for council to know what people want done in terms of future expansion, after the council makes its decision I don't want people saying we haven't listened to anyone.

"We'll start setting aside some money in this budget for ventilation work and bit of a facelift, but the major works, which will range in the millions, will be factored in over three to five years."


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