MEDIA RELEASE 14 AUGUST 2020:
With close to 400 responses so far, and with extensive comments being made, the Geelong Community Survey has had a strong kick-off. The survey closes on Saturday 22 August.
- Survey will inform Council candidates about the community’s opinion
- Youth and northern suburbs are underrepresented so far
- Survey report expected to become an election hot topic
The survey results are already providing strong messages and valuable data for candidates running for the upcoming Council elections about the community’s priorities.
The questions and answers relate to the priorities of the Clever and Creative 30-year vision for Geelong Region, and they seek to measure the community’s level of satisfaction – or frustration – with the progress Council is making on the vision.
Ocean Grove and Bellarine residents stand out as the municipality’s “hot spot” engagement area so far, showing in numbers and comments their passion about Local Government issues.
“We need the community’s help to get more responses from the northern suburbs of Geelong, and from the youth,” said survey spokesperson and co-initiator Sanja Van Huet: “We really would like to hear their voices to ensure the survey is representative of the entire City of Greater Geelong residents. We can see that young people under the age of 35 have different views from older age groups on a range of issues thus far, but we need more responses from this age group to be sure this is significant.”
The survey has been endorsed by eight local organisations: ADAC, Australian Parents for Climate Action Geelong & Bellarine, Barwon Heads Association, Geelong Environment Council, Geelong Sustainability, Humans in Geelong, Ocean Grove Community Association, and Transition Streets Geelong.
“This general level of response is excellent given the impact of Covid-19 on our lives. It is much stronger than the responses Council receives to many of its ‘Have your Say’ community engagement processes. It shows the importance of community members engaging and encouraging their friends and neighbours to participate in our local democracy,” Sanja Van Huet said.
“Having your say and your voice heard is an important part of participating in democracy. I hope more people from across Geelong will have their say, especially young people and people living in the northern suburbs of Geelong.”
Questions to Council election candidates
The results of the survey will be summarised and shared with all respondents and candidates running for City of Greater Geelong elections in October.
“We hope the information will help the next councillors to understand and represent community views on issues, and that candidates will be scrutinised according to their responses to the issues identified by this survey,” Van Huet said.
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Deadline for taking the survey
The Geelong Community Survey closes on Saturday 22 August at midnight
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