Survey results examined

Bendigo Town Hall

Bendigo Town Hall

MORE than 2000 people took part in the Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 2014.

The survey was conducted in February and attracted 2174 responses from a diverse range of people living in the region.

The preliminary results will be presented at a City of Greater Bendigo council meeting at the Bendigo Town Hall on Wednesday from 6pm.

Key findings show social media has provided a strong response rater from younger age groups and respondents were generally positive about the City of Greater Bendigo being a great place to live and work.

However, most respondents felt they had no influence at all on local government decision making and they were more likely to have signed a petition in the past 12 months than to have met with a councillor or attended a public meeting.

According to a report to be presented to council, the results of the survey will now be compared to the 2011 Wellbeing Survey to identify trends and changes.

"The Wellbeing Survey is considered a high priority  project," the report states.

"The survey has direct links to the programmed strategic planning projects including the Council Plan. The broader scope of the survey will inform long term planning and budget consideration.

"When undertaking planning and making decisions, it is relatively easy to get input from 'stakeholders' where there is an organised group whose needs and desires are met by any proposed project. It is much harder to get their views of the community on broader priorities. This survey and the Bendigo 2036 Community Plan have given the city useful indication and data on preferred directions."

Council is expected to undertake further detailed analysis of the survey responses.

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