THE results are in, and Sunshine Coast residents listed access to nature, neighbourhood safety, quality health services, sporting facilities and education as being at the top of the list as to what makes an area great to live in and thankfully our Northshore region has plenty of great outdoor space.
More than 1500 residents completed the 2022 Living on the Sunshine Coast community survey and provided their insight into which liveability attributes matter the most, what needs to be maintained, what can be improved and how they feel their local area is currently delivering.
When considering what makes a place liveable, locals placed the most importance on access to the natural environment, with 71 per cent of respondents scoring it as the number one feature of their neighbourhood – comparatively higher than the national benchmark of 48 per cent.
Out of 16 attributes, respondents also nominated community safety, a lack of road congestion, a strong sense of community, and the provision of high-quality health services as the top five most important ‘liveability’ traits.
When asked what needed to be maintained, locals felt most passionate about preserving the natural environment, neighbourhood safety, our sense of community, provision of health services, and shopping/leisure amenities.
To further advance liveability of the Sunshine Coast, housing affordability and improved connectivity to get around were on the top of the list for survey respondents.
Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said the survey results provided an invaluable insight into the current and future needs of the community.
“Sunshine Coast residents are passionate about their local area and have clear ideas about what makes it a great place to live,” Cr Suarez said.
“By capturing the views and experiences of the community we can better inform, monitor and evaluate our strategic planning and advocacy across our region.”
“In line with our Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017, council is constantly seeking ways to maintain the current liveability of its residents, as well as implementing actions that improve how locals live, work and play in the community,” Cr Suarez said.
“Recently, our region received international recognition as a UNESCO biosphere, which shows the world that we are a community that wants to live in harmony with our environment.
“In view of this, it comes as no surprise that residents sit above the national benchmark when it comes to appreciating the access to, and preservation of, our natural environment.
“It’s important the Sunshine Coast has a sustainable community, a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy – and this data will help us work towards our shared vision of a sustainable and liveable future.”
The survey was conducted by Informed Decisions Consulting in March this year.
An executive summary of the survey is now available on the Sunshine Coast Council website.