Kilrush is beginning the year 2019 working to become one of Irelands most sustainable towns with the development of the towns first Sustainability Plan, and it is looking to the people of the Kilrush to have their say in the towns future through the launch of its public consultation survey.
The Kilrush Sustainability Plan, initiated by the Kilrush Tidy Towns, took its first steps in November when the organisation recruited local Kilrushman Chris Dixon to lead the development of the plan.
Dixon, whose academic and professional background is in sustainability outlines the importance of the getting the public involved in the public consultation survey, “The Kilrush Sustainability Plan represents an opportunity to shape a sustainable future for our town, too often we feel that the development of our town is out of our hands but this plan places the thoughts, concerns and ideas of the community at the core.
The information collected in this survey will be used to inform the ultimate goals and actions in the plan.”
The first milestone of the plan was the establishment of the Kilrush Sustainability Committee, a group of 12 people who are from or either live, work or study in Kilrush and who are responsible for developing the strategic vision of the plan.
Councillor Ian Lynch, also a committee member, outlined that “collectively as a community, and individually, there are a number of actions that can be taken to make Kilrush more sustainable. There are also many simple steps that we can take as individuals in our homes, offices and daily lives which can also contribute to a more sustainable Kilrush. Many of these actions may seem small, but if everyone in Kilrush were to incorporate them into their daily lives the cumulative change would be significant.”
Paul Edson, Chairperson of the Kilrush Tidy Towns, outlined that “there are many businesses and community groups in Kilrush who are already dedicated to improving Kilrush’s environment while contributing to the betterment of the Kilrush economic, social and cultural fabric. Kilrush is creating a Sustainability Plan because of the need to lower the town’s impact on the environment and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
The vision for the Sustainability Plan is to create a Kilrush that has a thriving local economy, strong sense of community, is culturally vibrant and inclusive, and is built upon respect for the environment. The plan aims to make Kilrush one of the most sustainable towns in Ireland by 2030..
“This is a chance for the people of Kilrush to have a say in the future sustainable development of our town and be empowered to not only have a voice but actually take action to make our sustainable future a reality. There are already great local examples of integrating sustainability into the fabric of the community to create better places to live and visit, for example the work of the Loop Head Tourism group“, notes Dixon.
The Kilrush Sustainability Plan, to be published in the summer of 2019, aims to foster community partnerships and strengthen community resiliency and will be developed in collaboration with businesses and community groups of the area. The plan is based around the four pillars of sustainability and integrate economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects.
The survey, launched last Monday, marks the beginning of the Kilrush Sustainability Plan’s development and it will run until Friday 15th February. To respond to the survey please visit www.kilrushtidytowns.ie, or find Kilrush Sustainability Plan on Facebook.