Mansfield is a great place to live
THE proof is in the living–Mansfield Shire has significantly greater well being than all other Victorian shires according to latest survey results.
VicHealth Indicators Survey of 2015 focuses on the health and wellbeing of Victorians through each local government area and complements other population health survey work conducted in Victoria.
And Mansfield (across the shire and not just the township) has come out on top with a score of 82.7 out of 100 for wellbeing – well above the Victorian average of 77.3.
The report for Mansfield states that there has been no significant change in subjective wellbeing for Mansfield between the 2007, 2011 and 2015 surveys.
Life satisfaction measures how people evaluate their life as a whole.
According to the report when asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from zero to 10, residents of Mansfield reported an average score of 8.1.
This is significantly higher than the Victorian life satisfaction average score of 7.8.
Some 96.3 per cent of Mansfield residents agreed that they felt safe walking alone during the day, which is similar to the Victorian estimate of 92.5 per cent.
And almost eight out of 10 (79.1 per cent) residents agreed that they felt safe walking alone in their local area after dark, which is significantly higher than the Victorian estimate of 55.1 per cent.
The survey report also stated that there has been no significant change in perceptions of safety for Mansfield between the three surveys.
Residents reported an average resilience of 6.7 out of 8 in relation to mental wellbeing, indicators of neighbourhood connection and trust, and attitudes to gender equality in relationships.
The proportion of residents reported that people in their neighbourhood are willing to help each other out was a staggering 92.1 per cent, much greater than the state average of 74.1 per cent.
Similar figures also indicated that residents felt they lived in a close-knit community and people in their neighbourhood could be trusted.
Mansfield residents are also very active according to the survey with many saying they do at least half an hour of physical activity on at least four days per week, above the state average by five per cent.
Most common forms of exercise were walking, cycling and jogging or running.
And Mansfieldians eat healthy with vegetables, fruit and water consumption, as well as frequency of take-away meals and snacks being similar to the state average.
Mansfield Shire mayor Paul Volkering said on hearing the news that this was ‘a fantastic result’.
“One such area t hat i s prominent in Mansfield is that children are supported very well and are ahead in social capability with community support and support from preschools and the Farmhouse in developing those social attributes,” he said.
“By and large the kids are really well supported and when asking new families what brings them to Mansfield I often hear that ‘Mansfield ticks all the boxes for bringing up a family’,” Cr Volkering said.
“Families are making the move to Mansfield because, although we don’t have everything, what we do have is a very caring, supportive community - a very welcoming and engaging community.
“There is an interconnection with each other and there is always someone on hand to help out when needed - appreciation and a genuineness within the community.
“It is about the strength of the community which gives a strong message to those who are coming in and - Mansfield is a good place to be,” Cr Volkering said.
Perhaps a little on the downside from the survey is that alcohol consumption gained a score of three out of 10 (30.1 per cent) identified as being at risk of short-term harm from alcohol in a given month, similar to the state average of 29.4 per cent.
Compared to all Victorians, a similar proportion of local residents were identified as being at very high risk of shortterm harm each month scoring 10.3 per cent compared to the state average of 9.2 per cent.
All in all the survey is the proof in the pudding that Mansfield is a great place to live and is very healthy as well.
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