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How good is our neighbourhood? Here’s what you said

Published on 30 August 2021

In Maroondah, you love our cafes, local businesses and easy access to our vast public spaces.

Meanwhile, you would like to see greater care for our natural environment and improved focus on public safety.

The results are in for the 2021 Australian Liveability Census which, overall, pointed towards a pleasing, higher-than-average rating for Maroondah, while also identifying areas for improvement. Earlier this year, residents were asked to become a ‘voice for your community’ and participate in Australia’s largest social research project. The result not only provides a snapshot of community values in Maroondah, it will also be used alongside other community engagement input to guide Council’s future strategic direction.

In the Liveability Census, not related to the recent 2021 Australian Census, the three main types of data collected highlighted our community values, liveability performance and ideas for change.

Maroondah Mayor, Councillor Kylie Spears, said our community has spoken up about what matters most to them in our local neighbourhoods.

“You have told us what makes our community so great to live in and how it could improve. Some of the information you provided may support Council’s strategic work and complement our community engagement activities,” Cr Spears said.

“Thank you to all who took the time to participate in the survey. Your opinions will help to shape the future of our municipality.”

Maroondah by the numbers

In total, Maroondah received 137 responses; with over 31,000 received Australia-wide. Residents rated our municipality on 50 liveability attributes. We received an overall rating of 72, compared to the national average of 68.

What you liked

  • Access to neighbourhood amenities (cafes, shops, health and wellness services)
  • Local businesses that provide for daily needs
  • Amount of public spaces

Our best-performing liveability assets

  • Local education options
  • Local businesses that provide for daily needs (grocery stores, pharmacies and banks)
  • Access to shared community and commercial assets (libraries, sports facilities and gyms)

Where we could improve

The liveability areas that recorded a lower score, but strong community value, included:

  • Protection of the natural environment
  • General condition of public open space (street trees, footpaths and parks)
  • Sense of neighbourhood safety (from crime, traffic and pollution)

To stay up to date with the Australian Liveability Census visit the Place Score website

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