Strategic planning and research provider CATALYSE has published the latest MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard for Western Australia.
The report is designed to assist local councils in making budgetary decisions, and carrying out strategic planning and performance evaluation, by assessing community needs and aspirations against the state as a whole.
The latest scorecard, which was open to all residents in Western Australia between 5 June and 8 July 2020, aims to help State and Local Government leaders understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities and their expectations of local councils with regards to recovery.
A total of 7666 community members from 128 local government areas participated, including 106 residents of the Shire of Mundaring.
Shire President John Daw said the initiative provided useful feedback to Council across a variety of areas including community wellbeing, local government priorities and local government performance in response to COVID-19.
"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to those residents who took the time to fill-in the scorecard and provide us with their feedback," Cr Daw said.
"It is Council's responsibility to provide strong community leadership, particularly through a crisis, and these results will increase our understanding of the things we are doing well and the areas in which we can improve or provide additional help."
At the time of data collection, COVID-19 concern in the Shire of Mundaring was reportedly 33%, in line with the rest of WA (also at 33%). Personal impact, however, was recorded as lower in the Shire at 18% compared with 23% across WA; percentages both categorised as high/very high.
When asked about their preferred method of receiving information from the Shire, Mundaring respondents highlighted social media and video messages, the Shire website, and email as their most preferred ways of staying informed.
Overall, 59% of respondents in the shire said they felt hopeful and enthusiastic about the future, as opposed to 69% across Western Australia.
"Keeping in mind, this data was collected back in the June-July period, it is difficult to say whether community sentiment around COVID-19 has changed since then, in line with the improved situation and eased restrictions in WA," Cr Daw said.
"It is fair to say however, that while it's wonderful to see progress here, we know there is still a way to go.
"Community wellbeing is paramount and Shire of Mundaring is committed to providing ongoing support not only to residents but local business and industry too.
"The Shire is delivering a range of initiatives to assist people through this period, including Council's Financial Hardship Policy 2020/21 and the Recover Together COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund."
For more information about these and other COVID-19 resources click the 'COVID-19' tab on the Shire website.
The MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard was delivered by CATALYSE in partnership with Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and Local Government Professionals Australia WA.
For more information visit catalyse.com.au