RESIDENTS were recently given the chance to be the judge of how well they believe the shire is being run and managed.
Leeton Shire Council has released the results of its 2021 Community Satisfaction Survey, which had 403 residents participate after they were contacted via phone by Micromex Research and Consulting.
Questions centred on two areas - quality of life and community satisfaction.
Under the first, the focus was on understanding community priorities for the Leeton shire area, the overall quality of life rating and identifying community agreement with statements around roads and transport, community safety, infrastructure/development, the natural environment and services/facilities.
The area of community satisfaction included rating council administration, elected councillors, a range of services and facilities and identifying the community's desired level of investment in a range of assets managed and maintained by council.
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The same questions were asked the last time the survey was conducted in 2019, but this time there was also the opportunity to provide answers and feedback on the feasibility of a heated pool for the shire.
Of the 403 participants, 310 indicated they would use a heated pool.
Sixty-eight percent of the 310 said they would use the pool all year round, while 32 per cent indicated they would only use the pool during the cooler months.
It seemed many of the people taking part were relatively happy with their quality of life in the shire.
The vast majority of residents reported they were at least somewhat satisfied with the performance of council administration over the past 12 months.
The overall satisfaction rating of 3.81 was the highest rating Micromex has measured for a regional council in the past nine years.
Ninety-three percent indicated there were "somewhat satisfied" with the performance of elected councillors.
The majority also gave council a high rating when it came to delivering services relating to sporting fields, cultural opportunities, playgrounds and parks and so on.
In her report to council, executive manager IPR, governance and engagement Kerrie-Anne Hare said residents were also asked about how safe they felt living in Leeton.
"When asked whether they agreed with a number of statements, the majority of respondents agreed they feel safe during the day (94 per cent), that Leeton shire gives you a sense of living in community (85 per cent), that people in Leeton shire have fair opportunity to participate in community life (84 per cent), that sporting facilities in the area meet their needs (81 per cent) and that we are preserving an attractive urban landscape and protecting our heritage (80 per cent)," she said.
"There were much lower levels of agreement with the statements - we have access to a good range of health services (25 per cent), police services in Leeton shire are responsive and effective (26 per cent) and public transport is adequate for your needs (38 per cent)."
Council will use the results of the survey in a number of ways, including using the data to guide the development of a new Community Strategic Plan.
It will also used the results to redirect resources towards improving community satisfaction with council services and facilities that received the lowest satisfaction ratings, as well as advocating for improvements in services for which council has no responsibility, but which are of significance to the community.
Policing and health care fall into this category.
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