The attributes people love most about the Sunshine Coast have been revealed.
More than 1500 residents completed the 2022 Living on the Sunshine Coast community survey, 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.
The top five items of importance to the community in 2022 regarding liveability were:
- Access to the natural environment
- Feeling safe
- A lack of road congestion
- A strong sense of community
- High quality health services
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 amongst 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.
Councillor Maria Suarez says 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 says.
“By capturing the views and experiences of the community we can better inform, monitor and evaluate our strategic planning and advocacy across our region.”
The council will use the findings to monitor the progress of the Environment and Liveability Strategy and Community Strategy, inform the council’s corporate plan, and to support ongoing advocacy for continuous improvements in the liveability standards of the community.