|Our Environment: Issue 23 Winter 2000|
Anatomy of Christchurch
Christchurchs latest vital statistics reflect the major changes occurring in the City because of population growth, new social patterns and environmental factors.
The Citys diverse features are described in the City Councils fifth monitoring report Christchurch City Update 2000. It presents a detailed picture of Christchurchs people, environment and economy at the end of the twentieth century. We learn that although about 30,000 extra people will live in Christchurch by 2021, the Citys recent growth spurt will slow progressively over the next two decades. A major trend is the ageing population, which will have a major impact on our health and social services when the first baby boomers approach retirement near the end of this decade.
Some other interesting facts:
The report, written by Corinne Macintyre and David Price of the Councils Environmental Policy and Planning Unit, tells us that most Christchurch residents think our City is a great place to live. Despite this, significant pressures including those caused by increasing population, fluctuating economic conditions, pollution and weather patterns, may adversely affect the environment and quality of life in the City.
Update 2000 is available both in hard copy from the Christchurch City Council and on the Councils web site at www.ccc.govt.nz/Update. It can also be viewed at a Council library or service centre.
The Council has also produced Christchurch City Fact Pack 2000 providing a snapshot of the City. It aims to answer commonly asked questions about Christchurch and includes information on the Citys history, population, natural and physical environment and aspects of its economy. It can also be accessed on the Councils web site.
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