Thousands take part in Council survey to cater for Townsville’s future

Date published: 15 August 2019

The Liveability Study conducted by Townsville City Council identified nature, open spaces and neighbourhood safety as the top three things Townsville residents value in their local communities.

More than 2600 people responded to the recent survey – which helps to ensure investment is consistent with the community’s values.

Planning and Development Committee Chair Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the survey results were a strong indicator for what Townsville’s community wanted in its neighbourhoods.

“The Liveability Study is a great way to identify the needs of the local community,” Cr Walker said.

“The results from the survey have given Council a clear way to prioritise investments and make sure we’re delivering works that align with what the community values

“We will be referring to this survey as we work on upgrades to Townsville’s suburbs.”

The survey results ranked local businesses, neighbourhood amenities and the environment as Townsville’s top three strengths.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen said the survey had captured a large cross section of Townsville’s community.

“Council wants to know what the community values so they can get the best out of living in our city,” Cr Doyle said.

“We had community members from all walks of life participate and Council will take on board all the feedback.

“Having access to parks and open spaces, improved safety in the suburbs and developing more places to enjoy the natural environment are top priorities for our residents.

“These results will help Council provide crucial infrastructure and services to cater for the future of all residents.

“We will now have these results in mind as we move forward and build for our future.”

Top Local Government Area Care Factors

  1. Elements of natural environment (natural features, views, vegetation, topography, water, wildlife, etc.)
  2. General condition of public open space (street trees ,footpaths, parks, etc.)
  3. Sense of neighbourhood safety (from crime, traffic, pollution, etc.)
  4. Sense of personal safety (for all ages, genders, day or night)
  5. Walking/jogging/bike paths that connect housing to communal amenity (shops, parks, etc.)
  6. Access and safety of walking, cycling, and/or public transport (signage, paths, lighting, etc.)
  7. Landscaping and natural elements (street trees, planting, water features, etc.)
  8. Access to neighbourhood amenities (cafes, shops, health and wellness services, etc)
  9. Spaces suitable for specific activities or special interests (entertainment, exercise, dog park, BBQs, etc.)
  10. Local businesses that provide for daily needs (grocery stores, pharmacy, banks, etc.)