The MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard was undertaken by CATALYSE with support from LG Professionals WA and funding from the department from the 5 June to 8 July 2020.
The online scorecard was open to all residents aged 18+ across Western Australia, hard copies were also made available by some smaller and regional local governments.Thank you to everyone who participated, 7666 community members statewide from 128 local government areas completed a scorecard.Local residents across Western Australia have shown strength and resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A majority of community members:
*Compared to a health survey conducted by the Department of Health in 2018.Source: Radomiljac A, Davies C and Landrigan T. 2019. Health and Wellbeing of Adults in Western Australia 2018, Overview and Trends. Department of Health, Western Australia.
The community would like local government to prioritise economic recovery and employment opportunities in the short-term (next 6 months).Secondary priorities are community health and wellbeing initiatives, local infrastructure projects and engaging with local businesses and the community to develop a local recovery plan.The community does not consider public health education to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to be a high priority role for local government. Instead, the focus for local government should be on providing support services for those most vulnerable to COVID-19.With digital innovation rated the lowest priority, local governments may need to revise planned investment in smart cities initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure green-lighted projects are essential, or that these projects are enablers to help address priority areas,Spontaneous mentions under 'other' mostly related to freezing or reducing rates (2%), or cutting unnecessary spending to focus on core business (1%).
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