Visitors invited to help shape the future of our parks
Tuesday 3 December, 2013
Do you enjoy getting out in nature and discovering all that Victoria’s beautiful parks have to offer?
Now you have a chance to help shape their future.
Victorians are being invited to participate in the first state-wide online survey that has been developed to find out what people value most about these special places and how they benefit from them.
Parks Victoria has joined forces with researchers from the University of South Australia and the University of Queensland to develop a survey that uses an internet based Geographic Information System (GIS) to help gather the information.
Participants will be asked to place markers on a map to identify the parks managed by Parks Victoria that they care about and to complete a short survey about what they value and what changes they’d like to see in these parks.
Parks Victoria Manager Science and Management Effectiveness, Tony Varcoe, said this was the first time that such ‘geospatial’ data would be gathered across the parks network which covers more than four million hectares across the state.
“This information will be valuable in helping to guide how our parks network is managed into the future. By using this new technology we’re finding new ways to gather community insights about our parks and the things that matter most to them. It will also be good to get an understanding of how these views compare across the state,” he said.
“Whether it’s climbing to the top of a favourite mountain, going for a bike ride or just finding a relaxing space to unwind, parks are there for everyone to enjoy. This survey will give people a great opportunity to have a say about the places they love and their future.
“The information can then be used to help guide how the parks are managed to best cater for the whole community. “I encourage people to get online and have a say as we would really like to hear your thoughts,” said Mr Varcoe.
To participate in the survey that runs until 15 January 2014 visit: www.parksvictoria.net. Everyone completing the survey by this date will receive a $10 Amazon voucher, a Hoyts movie pass or $10 credit to donate to a selection of charities.
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