Bel­mont res­i­dents sat­is­fied

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

VALUE-for-money rates, re­spect­ing res­i­dents’ views and the devel­op­ment of Bel­mont town cen­tre have rated well in the an­nual sur­vey of City of Bel­mont res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers.

The 2018 Com­mu­nity Per­cep­tions Score­card showed 74 per cent of res­i­dents were sat­is­fied with Bel­mont as a place to live and 70 per cent were sat­is­fied with the City as a gov­ern­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion. Both fig­ures were a slight rise on the 2017 re­sults.

The City of Bel­mont achieved in­dus­try stan­dards in six com­mu­nity and five busi­ness ser­vice ar­eas, based on bench­marks cal­cu­lated from 40 par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties to take part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, ac­cess to ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, as in what the City does to at­tract in­vestors, at­tract and re­tain busi­nesses, grow tourism and cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties, were the other com­mu­nity ar­eas.

Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive John Christie said the re­sults iden­ti­fied ar­eas for im­prove­ment, which in­cluded safety and se­cu­rity mat­ters such as van­dal­ism, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and graf­fiti re­moval.

He said the City was al­ready for­mu­lat­ing an ac­tion plan to ad­dress safety and se­cu­rity con­cerns as a re­sult.

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