Whit­sun­days rate well in ‘live­abil­ity’ re­port

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day re­gion is a great place to live.

This is the over­all re­sult of a Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (REDC) live­abil­ity re­port, re­leased last week.

REDC deputy CEO Amanda Camm said the re­port, funded by BMA and un­der­taken by the Cen­tral Queens­land Univer­sity (CQU) in­cluded data from over 900 phone sur­veys con­ducted across the Proser­pine/Whit­sun­day/Isaac re­gions.

“Re­ally it’s about the health of the re­gion and mea­sur­ing the de­sir­abil­ity of peo­ple to live in it,” she said.

The re­port in­cludes an over­all live­abil­ity in­dex score and in­di­ca­tors scor­ing the re­gion on eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­ment, hu­man, and so­cial cri­te­ria. The au­dit was pre­vi­ously con­ducted in 2008.

Over­all, the 2012 live­abil­ity score was 5.9 per cent lower than in 2008, re­flect­ing the im­pact the eco­nomic down­turn has had on peo­ple liv­ing in the re­gion.

But REDC CEO Narelle Pearse said there was much to cel­e­brate with the re­gion still seen as the pre­ferred place to live and more than 60 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion in­tend­ing to stay in­def­i­nitely.

“De­spite eco­nomic con­cerns, re­sults of the live­abil­ity au­dit high­light that res­i­dents value con­nec­tiv­ity and rate feel­ing part of the com­mu­nity very highly,” she said.

The re­port can be down­loaded from www.mwredc.org.au.

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