The results of a recent community survey across the Townsville region come as no surprise, with water and crime topping the list of locals’ concerns.
In the survey of more than 11,500 residents, Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said 87.7% of respondents said water was a major concern, followed by crime at 72%, power prices at 60%, and unemployment 50%.*
Senator Macdonald said the survey was included with a letter to local residents, asking them for their input on some of the critical issues affecting the region.
“What I also found interesting is that more than half of the respondents (54%) weren’t even aware that the management of water is a State Government responsibility,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Many were also not aware (69%) that despite this, the Federal Government has put almost $3billion across the country on the table for water security, including feasibility studies, which is yet to be accessed by state or local government.”
When asked to name one local problem to be fixed, 43.7% said water. A further 18% said crime, 12% unemployment, 6.9% power prices, and 2% roads.
“I was not surprised that no-one mentioned same sex marriage – a topic which seems to infatuate the southern media.”
* The survey results are based on a response rate of 6% (700 responses).