Research looks at Daintree
ZOE Photellis was delivering Census papers in the Daintree when the idea first hit her.
“I got to see heaps of places and meet heaps of people and invariably got chatting about community: what’s happening; what’s happened; what’s planned to happen,” she said.
“This got me thinking about the broad concept of community and what it is.”
Since February Zoe has undertaken a project to measure Daintree residents’ sense of community, as well as views and opinions on local social, economic, and environmental issues.
Ms Photellis has collected more than 100 completed surveys from residents of Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Diwan, Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation.
More than 22 per cent of the Daintree Coast’s adult population have taken part in the study.
“Having delivered a Census form to the Australian Tropical Research Station (Austrop Foundation) I met Dr Hugh Spencer,” Zoe said.
“Hugh pressed me to pursue inquiry into the concept of community of the Daintree Coast.
“He generously offered access to resources, audio equipment, printers, computers even envelopes.
“He also provided moral support at times when I was down about ever collecting 100 surveys.
“It’s been a slog and I have had my moments,” Zoe said.
“In the beginning it was difficult to engage people and elicit their participation in the project.
I will be sharing the results with the community as I progressively work through the data.
“I am planning to hold some presentation nights in Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation in the near future to share the results of the Sense of Community Index.”