Autumn 2019 Community Survey Results

In each of my biannual newsletters, I include a community survey so I can hear from locals about what's important to them. The results of my Autumn 2019 survey are now in. 

In this survey, I sought locals' views on key issues like school overcrowding, public transport and a developer tax. I also wanted to make sure everyone had an opportunity to let me know what else I should be focusing on, which is why I included a final open-ended question. 

The survey was mailed to each household in the Maiwar electorate, and posted online. My office received around 355 responses in total. 

The key figures

 

Public transport

How often do you use public transport?

Multiple times per week

43.73%

150

Occasionally

39.65%

136

Almost never

11.66%

040

Never

4.96%

017

Total

Answered

343

What would help increase your use?

Lower fares

30.20%

106

More frequent services

46.44%

163

Full disability access

6.84%

24

Better network coverage

35.90%

126

Other 

25.07%

88

Total

Answered

351

Do you support free public transport for kids? 

Yes

79.76%

268

No

20.24%

68

Total

Answered

336

Note: there were multiple comments that public transport should be free, such as:

  • “It should be free for everyone - think it would actually boost the economy” 
  • “free public transport especially for pensioners” 
  • “as in perth there should be free public transport for seniors in off peak periods also Melbourne has free public transport for seniors on sunday” 
  • “would like free bus to indooroopilly shops”

 

School overcrowding

Is school overcrowding an issue for you?

Yes

43.56%

142

No

56.44%

184

Total

Answered

326

I am pushing for a new P-12 school on the west side. Ideally the State government would buy back a larger site. If not, would you support a vertical school on a smaller site? 

Yes

76.87%

236

No

23.13%

71

Total

Answered

307

 

Making developers pay their fair share

Large property developers make big profits when local and State governments rezone land for higher density. Would you support a 75% tax on those profits to pay for schools, public transport and green space?

Yes

75.08%

247

No

24.92%

82

Total

Answered

329

 

Other issues

Are there any other issues that politicians don't talk about enough?

There were heaps of individually nuanced and detailed concerns and ideas - but after reading through them all, my office noticed a few key themes that kept popping up.

Issue

Frequency

Rank

Urban greenspace, conservation of nature & wildlife habitat

32

1

Climate change & renewable energy

30

2

Traffic and public & active transport 

26

3

Waste, recycling and sustainability

16

4

Inappropriate/ unsustainable development, inadequate community consultation & public infrastructure 

15

5

Health, including public funding for dental & mental health services

13

6

Housing & homelessness

10

7

Political integrity/ corruption and accountability

8

8

Education funding - equity, costs to families, etc

8

9

Sustainability/ infrastructure not matching population growth

8

10

Justice for First Nations peoples

3

11

Other 

12

 

Total

181

 

 

View the initial survey here, the raw data here, and analysed data including qualitative responses here

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