South West rates as happy place

South Western Times - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The South West has been re­vealed as one of the hap­pi­est re­gions in WA on a univer­sity-led qual­ity of life in­dex, topped only by metro and a hand­ful of south­ern Wheat­belt ju­ris­dic­tions.

Re­searchers and stu­dents from Bond Univer­sity’s Hap­pi­ness Project col­lated statis­tics from pub­lic po­lice, ABS and health data to present a snap­shot of qual­ity of life in ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment area in Aus­tralia.

It re­vealed ju­ris­dic­tions in the South West gen­er­ally com­pared favourably to the rest of re­gional WA, though most ar­eas were still ranked be­low lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Perth.

Capel topped the South West for over­all qual­ity of life, boosted by favourable per­cep­tions of ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, wealth and health.

Mar­garet River and Bus­sel­ton were also among the top per­form­ers in WA for health and em­ploy­ment, though both lost marks on hous­ing and safety.

The low­est per­cep­tions of qual­ity of life came from the ju­ris­dic­tions of Col­lie, Bun­bury and Nan­nup.

Work-life balance was high­lighted as a key con­cern in Col­lie and Nan­nup, while Bun­bury was rated down on hous­ing and safety.

Bod­ding­ton scored well on em­ploy­ment, wealth and safety, but was rated a lowly one out of 10 for work-life balance.

The North West and Gold­fields rated among the best in Aus­tralia for wealth and em­ploy­ment, but rock-bot­tom per­cep­tions of safety, com­mu­nity and health meant most north­ern ju­ris­dic­tions rated poorly on the over­all scale.

Perth’s in­ner coastal and river­side ju­ris­dic­tions led the qual­ity of life in­dex in WA, with Cam­bridge, Pep­per­mint Grove, Clare­mont and Cottes­loe each scor­ing 7.9 or above.

Nil­lumbik, north-east of Mel­bourne, had the high­est qual­ity of life in Aus­tralia. Perth’s Cam­bridge and Pep­per­mint Grove came in at sev­enth and 10th.

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