Whitsundays rate well in ‘liveability’ report
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.