Our COVID-19 Resilience Measured

Published on Friday, 14 August 2020 at 1:20:00 PM

Across WA 7,666 community members participated in a state-wide survey undertaken by CATALYSE with support from LG Professionals WA and funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries from 5th June to 8th July 2020.  The online scorecard was open to all residents aged 18+ across Western Australia.  We promoted the opportunity to participate in this survey extensively via our Facebook Page. For those of you who participated here are some of the preliminary responses:

  • Overall general health only dropped 2 index points across Western Australian communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 69% of respondents feel hopeful and enthusiastic about the future
  • Respondents are happy with Local Government's response to COVID-19, scoring overall performance 68/100 with a 'good' average rating

A majority of community members:

  • Believe Local Government has demonstrated clear thinking and decision making
  • Feel Local Government has shown empathy and compassion
  • Have confidence and trust in Local Government to make good decisions
  • Agree there are good health and safety practices in place at community facilities to manage COVID-19 risk.

The survey also identified that the main recovery principles for local government are:

  • 48% - economic recovery and local employment opportunities
  • 37% - community health/wellbeing, sport/recreation, library, community development
  • 35% - local infrastructure to improve roads, footpaths, cycle ways, facilities, internet
  • 35% - recovery plan in collaboration with local business and community
  • 27% - support services for people most vulnerable to COVID-19
  • 26% - community safety and crime prevention

It is great to see the level of community involvement in these types of surveys which inform local and state government direction.  The main recovery principles listed above align with the state governments COVID-19 Recovery Plan, which means we do seem to be ‘in this together’ as we move forward. You read the CATALYSE Preliminary report here. 

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