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Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 2

2015

Contents
Survey Questions .............................................................................................................. 3
Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 5
Who responded to the Survey ........................................................................................... 6
A much healthier City ...................................................................................................... 10
A fairer and more inclusive City ....................................................................................... 13
A more resilient City ........................................................................................................ 38
A planned City ................................................................................................................. 39
A proud and safe City ...................................................................................................... 45
A sustainable City ............................................................................................................ 49
A more productive, innovative, adaptive, City .................................................................. 50

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Survey Questions
Question 3. How long have you lived somewhere within the Greater Bendigo municipality? . 7
Question 6. Are You? ............................................................................................................ 7
Question 7. What is your age? .............................................................................................. 8
Question 8. Where were you born? ....................................................................................... 8
Question 9. Is English your first language? ........................................................................... 9
Question 10. Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander ancestry? ................................. 9
Question 11. Do you identify as GLBTIQ?............................................................................. 9
Question 38. In an average week how many days per week do you personally engage in
moderate physical activity or exercise for 30 minutes or more? .......................................... 10
Question 39. What is your current height (in cms)? ............................................................. 11
Question 40. What is your current weight (in kilograms)? .................................................... 11
Question 41. Health protection - Local Government conducts activities designed to protect
the health of the whole population from avoidable risks. To what extent is it important that
Council does more to....................................................................................................... 12
Question 16. How would you describe your household's current financial situation? ........... 13
Question 17. Which, if any, of the following apply to you: .................................................... 14
Question 18. * If you answered 'Yes' to any of the above in question 17, which of the
following things have you sacrificed spending on: ............................................................... 14
Question 21. Social Connections ........................................................................................ 15
Question 25. In the last month, did any of the following limit your participation in the
community, including arts and cultural activities? ................................................................ 16
Question 26. In the last year how often have you used the following local services,
programs, events and facilities in Greater Bendigo? ........................................................... 18
Question 31. How often have you used the following Major services, programs, events and
facilities in Greater Bendigo? .............................................................................................. 19
Question 32. Taking ALL things into consideration would you say that over the last year YOU
have been ....................................................................................................................... 20
Question 33. Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you
cant be too careful? ............................................................................................................ 20
Question 34. To what extent do you: ................................................................................... 21
Question 35. Over the last twelve months do you believe you have been discriminated
against in Bendigo? ............................................................................................................ 22
Question 36. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? ....... 23
Question 1. Using the map above - Where do you and your family live and visit frequently?
........................................................................................................................................... 24
Question 44. Think about the different facilities in and around your neighbourhood, by this
we mean the area AROUND your home/work that you could walk to in 10 minutes. How
much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? .............................. 29
Question 49. Transport - People are changing their expectations regarding access to
transport. Use of public transport services is gradually rising .............................................. 30
Question 50. How many minutes would it take someone to walk from your home to the
nearest bus stop? ............................................................................................................... 31
Question 51. How often do you currently use a ..? ............................................................. 31
Question 52. Which of the following improvements would encourage you to take public
transport more:.................................................................................................................... 32

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Question 53. Which of the following improvements would encourage you to cycle more: .... 32
Question 54. Which of the following improvements would encourage you to walk more: ..... 33
Question 55. If the above improvements were made, how often would you consider?..... 33
Question 45. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority: ................................................................................................................. 35
Question 46. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority: ................................................................................................................. 36
Question 47. My neighbourhood has several free or low cost recreation facilities such as
parks, playgrounds, public swimming pools etc ................................................................... 37
Question 12. Employment Status: ....................................................................................... 38
Question 48. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority: ................................................................................................................. 38
Question 4. Are you satisfied with the area in which you live? ............................................. 39
Question 5. What would make this an even better area to live? .......................................... 39
Question 13. What best describes your household? ........................................................... 40
Question 14. Family - as per question 13 above (please choose all that apply)................... 40
Question 27. How important are Greater Bendigos public spaces (parks, gardens reserves,
public forest, urban squares, streets, etc.)?......................................................................... 41
Question 28. List the THREE most important aspects about Bendigos public spaces to you:
........................................................................................................................................... 42
Question 29. Which of the following types of public space are most important to you and
your family (select up to THREE) ........................................................................................ 42
Question 30. Please rate the importance of having the following in the Citys public spaces.
........................................................................................................................................... 43
Question 42. Planning for Growth - Rate these items according to how important these
matters are to you: .............................................................................................................. 44
Question 19. How safe or unsafe do you feel.. ................................................................ 45
Question 20. Are there other places where you feel unsafe? .............................................. 46
Question 43. In five words or less, Do you think Bendigo is a liveable city? ........................ 47
Question 58. Please give a personal opinion score according to how well you think Greater
Bendigo rates for the following items: .................................................................................. 48
Question 56. Environmental sustainability - Do you collect waste water from washing
machines, showers or sinks to save water? ........................................................................ 49
Question 57. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority: ................................................................................................................. 49
Question 15. Where do you get MOST of your information about community events and
public affairs in the Greater Bendigo area? ......................................................................... 50
Question 22. Community and Civic Engagement. In the last 12 months have you: ............. 50
Question 23. As a citizen of Greater Bendigo, how would you describe your ability to
influence local government decision making? ..................................................................... 51
Question 24. Do you feel there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are
important to you? ................................................................................................................ 51

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Introduction
The purpose of the Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey was to begin a story about the
opportunities and challenges that face our region. This is the third Wellbeing Survey which
continues the story about how the community is fairing over time, identifying strengths and
vulnerabilities of different areas in Greater Bendigo.
The survey is a snapshot in time that is representative of the community, and the
circumstances that were relevant around the time of the survey will also be reflected in these
results. Comments received that did not relate to the survey questions have not been
presented in this data.
The Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey will enable the City, State and Federal governments,
organisations, community groups and businesses to identify the aspects of our community
that strengthen wellbeing, and those areas where there are vulnerabilities in the community.
This evidence will enable planning, programs and services to be prioritised and other actions
taken that can make measurable improvements to the communitys quality of life over time.
Building a healthier, more resilient community and region, is the best way to strengthen our
communities and neighbourhoods, making them great places of opportunity for people of all
ages and backgrounds, in a rapidly changing economic and environmental world.

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Who responded to the Survey


This section provides a demographic overview of the Greater Bendigo Wellbeing
Survey participants in 2015.

Question 2. As the person completing this survey, which of the following best describes your
living conditions?

I live with family


or friends
5%

Other (please
specify)
1%

Skipped
Question
2%

I rent my home,
apartment or
room
14%

I own or am
purchasing my
home
78%

*Other:

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Question 3. How long have you lived somewhere within the Greater Bendigo municipality?

2%
2 years or less
5%
11%

2 - 5 years

6 - 10 years
11%
52%

11 - 15 years

11%

16 - 20 years

20+ years
8%
Skipped Question

Question 6. Are You?

Other 1%
Skipped
Question
2%
Male
36%
Female
61%

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Question 7. What is your age?

27.8%

19.6%

18.2%
15.4%

6.9%

6.3%

5.5%

0.2%
Under 18
years

19 - 25
years

26 - 35
years

Question 8. Where were you born?

36 - 45
years

46 - 59
years

60 - 69
years

70 - 75
years

75 years
plus

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Question 9. Is English your first language?

1.57 % identified that English is not their first language

Question 10. Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander ancestry?

2 % identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres


Strait Islander ancestry

Question 11. Do you identify as GLBTIQ?

4 % identify as GLBTIQ

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A much healthier City


A community that places an emphasis on; children, older people, active travel
options, and reducing Bendigos high levels of preventable diseases.

Question 37. In general, would you say your health is?

38.7%
32.6%

15.3%
11.3%

2.2%
Excellent

Very good

Good

Fair

Poor

Question 38. In an average week how many days per week do you personally engage in
moderate physical activity or exercise for 30 minutes or more?

None
1 day

6.3%
7.7%

2 days

14.5%

3 days

17.9%

4 days

13.4%

5 days
6 days
7 days

16.1%
9.6%
14.3%

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Question 39. What is your current height (in cms)?


Question 40. What is your current weight (in kilograms)?

BMI

Underweight
1%
Obese
26%

Normal
37%

Overweight
36%

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Question 41. Health protection - Local Government conducts activities designed to protect
the health of the whole population from avoidable risks. To what extent is it important that
Council does more to

reduce the risk to the health of our population from...

skin cancer

tobacco smoking

32.58%

44.1%

drinking alcohol to excess

39.3%

obesity and other chronic


diseases

41%

an unhealthy diet

36%

Very important
Neither important nor unimportant
Very unimportant

33.8%

24.1%

29.1%

28.8%

29.7%

Important
Unimportant
Don't know

13.7%

11.7%

12%

11.6%

14.3%

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A fairer and more inclusive City


A welcoming multi-cultural community where the benefits and opportunities from growth are
better shared across all of urban Bendigo and its rural communities. A City where there are
convenient and accessible public transport services, a more diverse range of housing for all
and a high level of community wellbeing.

Question 16. How would you describe your household's current financial situation?

Wealthy
1%
Very comfortable
8%

Skipped Question
3%

Financially
distressed
2%

Struggling
7%

Just getting by
28%
Comfortable
51%

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Question 17. Which, if any, of the following apply to you:

In an emergency could
you raise $2,000
within 2 days?

At any point in the past


year, did you run out of
food and could not
afford to buy more?

No

26.70%

Yes

73.30%

No

89.70%

Yes

As a result of housing costs


in the past year, have you
unwillingly had to sacrifice
spending on other things?

10.30%

No

59.25%

Yes

40.75%

Question 18. * If you answered 'Yes' to any of the above in question 17, which of the
following things have you sacrificed spending on:
51.83%

17.21%

15.48%

13.24%
2.24%

Other household
items

Food and
groceries

Medical
treatment

Heating or
cooling

Education

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Question 21. Social Connections

16.1 6.611.2 8.7

How many times have you used the internet to


contact family or friends during the past week?

12.3 13.6 12.5

How many different family and/or friends have you


contacted during the past week?

How many non-family groups or networks are you


a member of or regularly take part in?

30.4

How many Arts & Cultural events such as


exhibitions or performances have you attended in
Greater Bendigo in the past year?

28.5

How many community events such as festivals,


markets or sporting events have you attended in
Greater Bendigo in the past year?

46.3

49.6

19.0

18.0

21.5

11.5

17.4 11.8 6.5 12.9

7.8 6.914.5 15.1 9.8

40.3

Percentage %

5+

6.9

Skipped Question

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Question 25. In the last month, did any of the following limit your participation in the
community, including arts and cultural activities?

Lack of time due to other commitments

38.5

33.3

19.7

Another transport related reason

80.3

7.5

Transport costs, such as running a car or public


transport fares

82.3

6.4

Transport design, such as accessibility for mobility


aids or prams

84.6

77.9

Difficulty accessing facilities or venues

Language difficulties or other barriers to


communication

10.7

89.2

Shortage of activities and/or programs that


interested or suited you

53.9

26.3

12.4

Cost of activities and/or programs

55.1

27.0

11.1

Difficulty finding information about activities and/or


programs available

61.7
Percentage %

No

Yes, Once or Twice

Yes, Often

25.2

6.3

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*Did you experience a different barrier? (please specify)

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Question 26. In the last year how often have you used the following local services,
programs, events and facilities in Greater Bendigo?

14.8

Local markets

57.4

39.4

Food and wine festivals

43.0

Services and/or facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait


Islander people eg NAIDOC Week, reconciliation
activities

7.0

78.0

Services and/or facilities for people from culturally or


linguistically diverse backgrounds eg interpreter
services, language aids, living libraries, Harmony Week

6.5

78.7

Services and/or facilities for people with a disability eg


Social support services such as respite care, Carers
Week
Services and/or facilities for older people eg Seniors
Week, PAG
Services and/or facilities for young people eg Youth
Centre programs, YO Bendigo, FreeZA

7.8

76.0

12.2

71.5

7.2

77.3

Services for children eg Grandparents Day, school


transition, engagement activities with children in
planning for a Child Friendly City

25.9

Lakes or reservoirs

8.0

Swimming pools

7.6

47.8

Parks/open space/sports fields for passive recreation


purpose, such as picnics or sitting
Parks/open space/sports fields for active play, sport or
recreation

18.5

31.2

42.4

37.9

40.5

16.2

On-Road bike lanes

Childrens playgrounds

54.5

8.1

Community halls/centres

Off-Road walking & cycling track/trails excluding


footpaths

9.2

60.3

10.9 7.2 8.0

8.9

6.1

15.2

21.9

30.6

26.2

30.0

37.3

10.0

47.9

10.3 7.3

32.6

9.4

12.1

Percentage %

Daily

1-2 days a week

3-4 days a week

Every 2 weeks

Occasionally

Never

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Question 31. How often have you used the following Major services, programs, events and
facilities in Greater Bendigo?

Attended the Bendigo Art Gallery, Post Office


Gallery, The Capital-Bendigos Performing Arts
Centre, Old Fire Station, Ulumbarra etc.

30.1%

North Central Goldfields Library Bendigo,


Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk.

Major Events such as the Bendigo Easter Fair,


Summer in the Parks, Singing in the Parks,
Bendigo Heritage Uncorked, Groovin Moo.

39.9%

33.7%

Major Parks in Bendigo e.g. Bendigo Botanic


Gardens, Rosalind Park, Gateway Park, Lake 8.4%
Weeroona

Major Sporting Facilities such as the QEO,


Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, Tom Flood,
Barrack Reserve, Canterbury Park

24.7%

42.8%

35.6%

21.6%

40.1%

12.2%

7.5% 10.2%

9.9%

15.1% 12.1% 16.5% 13.4%

22.5%

Not in the last 12 months

Up to 3 times a year

Up to 6 times a year

Up to 9 times a year

At least monthly

Weekly

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Question 32. Taking ALL things into consideration would you say that over the last year YOU
have been

47.0%

15.3%

6.3%
3.8%
1.0%
Happy

Neither happy nor


unhappy

Unhappy

Very unhappy

Don't know

Question 33. Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you
cant be too careful?
18%
16%
14%
12%
10%
8%

Resondants
stated

6%
4%
2%
0%
0

Not too careful...

10

...trusted

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Question 34. To what extent do you:

Take pride in the Australian way of life and


culture?
To a great extent

57.6%

To a moderate extent

Only slightly

24.8%

4.1%

Not at all

0.9%

Don't know

1.1%

Have a sense of belonging in Bendigo?


To a great extent

40.9%

To a moderate extent

32.0%

Only slightly

Not at all

Don't know

10.1%

3.4%

0.9%

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Question 35. Over the last twelve months do you believe you have been discriminated
against in Bendigo?
Skipped
Question
11%
Yes
20%

No
69%

*If Yes, what type of discrimination (eg. disability, racial, religious)?

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Question 36. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

People in my local area are willing to


help their neighbours
My local area is a place where people
from different national or ethnic
backgrounds get on well together
People from sexual minority groups
experience discrimination in Bendigo

19.6%

7.2%

27.4%

16.1%

I am able to have a real say on issues


that are important to me in my local
area
Aboriginal People hold a special place
as the first Australians

Being Aboriginal makes it harder to


succeed in Australia today
Accepting immigrants from many
different countries makes Bendigo
stronger
Multiculturalism has been good for
Bendigo
People from racial or ethnic minority
groups experience discrimination in
Bendigo
Something more should be done to
reduce discrimination experienced by
people from racial or ethnic minority
groups in Bendigo
It is important to me that I treat people
from other racial, ethnic or religious
groups fairly
It is important to me that all people
from other racial, ethnic or religious
groups are treated fairly

44.5%

29.8%

9.6%

17.4%

16.4%

11.3%

27.8%

8.4%

11.2%

10.5%

23.2%

22.6%

18.5%

19.7%

26.6%

22.8%

17.0%

21.8%

40.6%

38.5%

19.2%

11.3%

27.6%

22.1%

20.6%

11.8%

13.0%

26.6%

18.9%

8.8%

10.7%

31.6%

19.2%

17.4%

17.0%

11.7%

19.4%

23.4%

7.7%

13.2%

23.1%

30.8%

30.0%

9.1%

11.5%

13.7%

11.1%

12.3%

10.9%

8.4% 10.4%

11.1%

11.2%

10.1%

10.8%

11.9%

11.2%

11.5%

10.9%

11.1%

Percentage %

Strongly agree
Disagree
Skipped Question

Agree
Strongly disagree

Neither agree not disagree


Don't know / N/A

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Question 1. Using the map above - Where do you and your family live and visit frequently?

Live and Work


Maiden Gully
Marong, Rural West
Huntly
Rural East
Strathfieldsaye
Strathdale
White HIlls, Jackass Flat
Elmore, Rural North
Long Gully, West Bendigo, Ironbark
Heathcote and District
Kennington
Other
North Bendigo, California Gully
Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, Sailors Gully
Golden Square
Epsom, Ascot
Flora Hill, Quarry Hill, Spring Gully, Golden
Gully
East Bendigo
Kangaroo Flat, Big HIll
N/A
Bendigo
0%

5%

Working

10%

I live in

15%

20%

25%

30%

35%

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Live and Going out/Socialising


N/A
Other
Marong, Rural West
Elmore, Rural North
Huntly
East Bendigo
White HIlls, Jackass Flat
Epsom, Ascot
Heathcote and District
Maiden Gully
North Bendigo, California Gully
Rural East
Long Gully, West Bendigo, Ironbark
Strathfieldsaye
Strathdale
Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, Sailors Gully
Golden Square
Kennington
Flora Hill, Quarry Hill, Spring Gully, Golden Gully
Kangaroo Flat, Big HIll
Bendigo
0%

5%

Going out and/or socialising

10%

15%

I live in

20%

25%

30%

35%

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Live and Study


Long Gully, West Bendigo, Ironbark
Marong, Rural West
Huntly
Maiden Gully
Epsom, Ascot
North Bendigo, California Gully
Rural East
East Bendigo
Strathfieldsaye
Elmore, Rural North
Other
White HIlls, Jackass Flat
Heathcote and District
Golden Square
Kennington
Kangaroo Flat, Big HIll
Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, Sailors Gully
Strathdale
Flora Hill, Quarry Hill, Spring Gully, Golden
Gully
Bendigo
N/A
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50%

Studying

I live in

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Live and Buying Groceries


N/A
Marong, Rural West
Other
Rural East
Huntly
Elmore, Rural North
White HIlls, Jackass Flat
Heathcote and District
North Bendigo, California Gully
Maiden Gully
Flora Hill, Quarry Hill, Spring Gully, Golden Gully
Long Gully, West Bendigo, Ironbark
East Bendigo
Strathfieldsaye
Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, Sailors Gully
Strathdale
Epsom, Ascot
Golden Square
Kennington
Kangaroo Flat, Big HIll
Bendigo
0%

Buying Groceries

5%

10%

I live in

15%

20%

25%

30%

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Live and Accessing Services


Rural East
Marong, Rural West
Other
Huntly
Elmore, Rural North
Heathcote and District
Maiden Gully
North Bendigo, California Gully
White HIlls, Jackass Flat
Long Gully, West Bendigo, Ironbark
N/A
East Bendigo
Epsom, Ascot
Strathfieldsaye
Strathdale
Flora Hill, Quarry Hill, Spring Gully, Golden
Gully
Kennington
Golden Square
Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, Sailors Gully
Kangaroo Flat, Big HIll
Bendigo
0%

5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45%

Accessing Services

I live in

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Question 44. Think about the different facilities in and around your neighbourhood, by this
we mean the area AROUND your home/work that you could walk to in 10 minutes. How
much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?
Many shops, stores, markets or places to go are within easy walking
distance of my home
Strongly agree

15.8%

Agree

23.1%

Neither agree nor disagree

9.0%

Disagree

20.2%

Strongly disagree
Don't know / N/A

15.0%
1.5%

There are safe footpaths on most of the streets in my neighbourhood


Strongly agree

13.4%

Agree

30.8%

Neither agree nor disagree

7.3%

Disagree

16.4%

Strongly disagree
Don't know / N/A

15.6%
1.5%

There are facilities to cycle in or near my neighbourhood that are safe


from traffic, either on the streets or on special lanes, paths or trails
Strongly agree

14.0%

Agree

33.0%

Neither agree nor disagree

11.4%

Disagree

11.6%

Strongly disagree
Don't know / N/A

11.2%
3.6%

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Question 49. Transport - People are changing their expectations regarding access to
transport. Use of public transport services is gradually rising

There are places to walk or cycle in or near my neighbourhood


40.0%

19.7%

8.0%

7.0%

Disagree

Neither agree
nor disagree

4.4%
1.5%
Don't know /
N/A

Strongly
disagree

Agree

Strongly agree

These are safe from traffic, such as on the street or on special


lanes, spearate paths or trails
33.1%

14.7%

13.4%
10.9%

8.0%
1.7%
Don't know /
N/A

Strongly
disagree

Disagree

Neither agree
nor disagree

Agree

Strongly agree

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Question 50. How many minutes would it take someone to walk from your home to the
nearest bus stop?

43.1%

Bus stop

Park

Shop (milk and bread)

24.3%

13.8%

18.7%

22.1%

8.0% 9.5%

14.7%

21.4%

22.0%

17.2%

22.3%

17.5%

19.7%

19.2%

Percentage %

Less than 5 minutes

6 to 10 minutes

11 to 20 minutes

More than 21 minutes

Don't know

Skipped Question

Question 51. How often do you currently use a ..?

Car or
motorcycle

67.7%

34.7%

Public transport

Bicycle

Walk

8.4%

5.3%

37.5%

21.5%

31.6%

43.4%

12.1%

14.6%

37.1%

Taxi

16.3%

39.2%
Percentage %

Daily

1 2 days a week

3 4 days a week

Fortnightly

Occasionally

Never

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Question 52. Which of the following improvements would encourage you to take public
transport more:
I already do

6.1%

Cheaper fares

14.6%

Services running later at night

18.2%

Better quality waiting environment at bus stops

18.9%

More direct service

23.3%

More frequent service

33.3%

Nothing will

42.9%

Question 53. Which of the following improvements would encourage you to cycle more:

Cycling training/safety courses

3.6%

Employers providing an interest-free loan to


purchase a bike

4.1%

Changing facilities, showers and lockers at


work
I already do

Secure bicycle parking at destination

Improved cycle paths/lanes

Nothing will

9.5%

10.2%

15.5%

35.3%

50.2%

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Question 54. Which of the following improvements would encourage you to walk more:

Workplace lockers and changing facilities

Nothing will

3.0%

13.6%

Improved road crossing facilities

15.4%

Safer routes

15.8%

Improved street lighting

20.8%

Better quality footpaths

32.7%

I already do

49.4%

Question 55. If the above improvements were made, how often would you consider?

Using public transport

Cycling

8.7%

7.9%

9.0% 7.2%

Walking

Daily

30.3%

1 - 2 days a week

22.7%

16.6%

35.6%

3 - 4 days a week

8.6%

29.7%

14.9%

Fortnightly

11.0%

Occasionally

Never

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 34


2015

Question 51 and Question 55:


Q 51. How often do you currently use a ..?

Public Transport

Q 55. If the above improvements were made, how often would you consider?

Currently

Would Use

6.6

11.3

47.0

6.3

39.6

6.7 4.8

29.7

27.1

54.7

Cycle

Currently

43.6

Would Use

10.4

12.0

22.1

38.8

14.9

39.5

17.9

20.0

4.7

Walk

Currently

9.6

Would

47.2

11.4

19.8

14.6

6.7

Percentage %

Daily

1 - 2 days a week

3 - 4 days a week

Fortnightly

Occasionally

Never

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2015
Question 45. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority:

I am able to access YO Bendigo


youth website to gain health,
wellbeing and event information

I am able to access the child


and family care services I need

10.6

6.3

I think that Greater Bendigo is


an excellent place to raise
children

Greater Bendigo services


provide adequate support for
looking after children

I am able to access the health


services I need to maintain my
mental health and wellbeing

I am able to access the health


services I need to maintain my
physical health and wellbeing

I am able to access many


stores, banks or ATMs,
markets or places to go within
easy distance of my home

I am able to access stores that


sell the products that I prefer to
buy

20.2

16.1

47.1

16.8

38.0

23.0

5.7

19.5

14.8

37.7

21.7

12.4

7.4

39.1

21.5

18.9

20.3

7.0

26.4

11.3

7.8

48.2

8.0

6.1 5.7

43.6

7.8

48.9

9.9

6.5 6.7

Percentage %

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don't know / N/A

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 36


2015
Question 46. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority:

Percentage %

I think more should be done by the City of Greater Bendigo


to make sure that people on lower incomes have the
opportunity to buy/build their own home

29.7

I think more should be done by Greater Bendigo City


Council to make sure there is always some housing
available for rent by people on low incomes

30.3

I support more policies and strategies designed to increase


awareness of, and encourage people to say No, to
violence against women

31.4

23.9

37.0

19.4

54.4

I think there are already sufficient supports in place for


homeless people

8.7

I think Greater Bendigo City Council has an important role


in helping to support people experiencing temporary
homelessness and housing insecurity

33.2

22.7

24.4

29.4

I would support more activities being undertaken to attract


new overseas immigrants to settle and work here

17.5

39.2

21.5

22.5

14.5

28.1

22.1

I think Greater Bendigo City Council needs to be a leader


in setting an example for fostering and celebrating cultural
diversity

22.4

30.3

19.2

Greater Bendigo City Council provides adequate


opportunities for all residents to be involved in local
planning issues and decisions

25.6

22.2

Greater Bendigo services provide adequate support for


care of elderly persons
Greater Bendigo City Council provides adequate
opportunities for young people to be involved in their
planning and other forms of community engagement
Greater Bendigo provides adequate activities and learning
programs for young people

7.4

I think Greater Bendigo is inclusive, accessible and


welcoming to young people

9.9

I think Greater Bendigo City Council needs to be a leader


in celebrating and recognising young peoples
achievements

22.6

32.4

17.0

22.4

30.0

32.3

8.8

47.8

25.6

23.5

10.5 12.4

9.8 13.9

22.2

29.9

19.2

12.4 6.6

25.4

19.5

I can access the aged care services I need

23.1

15.4

24.4

19.8

7.7

17.7

I prefer to live in a community that attracts and welcomes


people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds

Greater Bendigo services provide adequate support for the


care of people with a disability

7.4

11.7

10.8

27.2

38.8

8.7

28.1

48.2

21.4

26.0

21.8

6.4 14.7

21.1

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don't know / N/A

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Question 47. My neighbourhood has several free or low cost recreation facilities such as
parks, playgrounds, public swimming pools etc

Greater Bendigo City Council should be able to


control the location and/or number growth of
Electronic Gaming Machines in the municipality

50.5

I think surveillance systems (eg cameras) are an


effective deterrent to anti-social behavior that
could be used more widely

28.3

37.3

34.5

43.6

I think there should be stronger local laws to


reduce anti-social behaviour in public areas

I think that policies related to licensed venues and


sales of packaged liquor should be stronger, as a
way of reducing anti-social behaviour in public
spaces

34.6

16.1 6.7

32.7

15.1

27.9

42.6

I think we have enough venues licensed to sell


and/or serve alcohol in the city area already

13.8

23.0

39.1

8.8

12.0

I think there are sufficient good quality areas


across Greater Bendigo for children to play outside

14.9

52.1

14.4 10.1

My neighbourhood has several free or low cost


recreation facilities such as parks, playgrounds,
public swimming pools etc

15.0

50.8

12.5 14.5

Percentage %

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don't know / N/A

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 38


2015

A more resilient City


A City relating to a wider region in a globalising world. One which builds on its economic
strengths and comparative advantages, works to further increase education and skills
training levels, supports the creation of new jobs particularly for young people and diversifies
the economic base across urban Bendigo and its rural communities.

Question 12. Employment Status:


Unemployed
2%

Skipped Question Student


2%
4%
Not currently seeking
work
4%

Pensioner
10%

Retired
16%
Employed full-time
38%

Employed casual
6%

Employed part-time
18%

Question 48. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority:

I think it is important for the City of Greater Bendigo to


support education initiatives which are designed to
make stronger links between schools and workplaces

32.6%

I think it is important for the City of Greater Bendigo to


support initiatives which promote employment for
minority groups including Indigenous Australians and
new immigrants
I think spending Council money on supporting
employment growth is not a City of Greater Bendigo
priority: the money should be spent elsewhere
Council has an important role in fostering industry
growth and diversity
Strongly agree
Disagree

29.1%

9.0% 15.1%

25.5%

Agree
Strongly disagree

35.8%

9.4%

19.0%

22.5%

37.4%

22.1% 10.6%

13.0%

Neither agree nor disagree


Don't know / N/A

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 39


2015

A planned City
Where there is an ongoing provision of land and supporting infrastructure to support
sustainable development and deliver quality design and net community gain.

Question 4. Are you satisfied with the area in which you live?

(skipped question)

Question 5. What would make this an even better area to live?

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 40


2015
Question 13. What best describes your household?

Skipped Question
2%

Just yourself
14%

Family
43%

A Couple
37%

Two or more
unrelated adults
4%

Question 14. Family - as per question 13 above (please choose all that apply)
61.8%

21.4%
16.1%

All adults

Children under 5
years

Children at primary
school age

18.7%

Children at
secondary school
age

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2015
Question 27. How important are Greater Bendigos public spaces (parks, gardens reserves,
public forest, urban squares, streets, etc.)?

To you and your family


Very important

57.5%

Important
Neither important nor unimportant
Unimportant
Very unimportant
Don't know

25.7%
4.5%
0.8%
1.6%
0.6%

To the liveability of Greater Bendigo


Very important

65.0%

Important
Neither important nor unimportant
Unimportant
Very unimportant
Don't know

19.8%
2.6%
0.3%
1.8%
0.6%

To the public image and reputation of Greater Bendigo


Very important

63.8%

Important
Neither important nor unimportant
Unimportant
Very unimportant
Don't know

18.8%
4.0%
1.1%
1.9%
0.7%

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2015
Question 28. List the THREE most important aspects about Bendigos public spaces to you:

78.5%
69.1%

44.0%

43.3%
34.2%
21.1%

6.5%

As a place to As a place to As a place to That they are As a place to As a place to Other (please
relax, find
meet people, experience
accessible play or watch attend cultural
specify)
peace and
friends or
nature and (easy to get to)
sport
events
quiet or simply family for
natural values
be outdoors
informal
activities and
play

Question 29. Which of the following types of public space are most important to you and
your family (select up to THREE)

Formal parks and gardens

68.6%

General passive parkland

66.9%

Linear parks (e.g. along creeks, etc)

40.7%

Natural/undeveloped areas

38.8%

Organised sports reserves

Urban spaces

Open space associated with other


uses such as schools or cemeteries

36.1%

19.3%

13.5%

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2015
Question 30. Please rate the importance of having the following in the Citys public spaces.

48.2%

Good layout and structure

34.4%

53.3%

Good presentation and appearance

35.9%

A feeling of identity or sense of place

34.0%

Providing the essentials (paths, seating


and shade)

57.1%

Providing other comforts such as toilets


and drinking fountain

56.1%

Passive surveillance of the space


(overlooking by homes, businesses or
other activity)

32.2%

19.6%

15.0%

28.0%

27.6%

29.6%

29.3%

Vehicle access and parking

40.0%

36.6%

Universal design (accessible to all


people)

40.8%

34.0%

Signs & information

Lighting

Trees

Gardens

Play space (for children and/or adults)

Very important
Neither important nor unimportant
Very unimportant

34.8%

9.1%

9.7%

40.9%

43.9%

10.9%

34.6%

58.7%

26.9%

50.4%

44.3%

8.2%

31.3%

33.7%

Important
Unimportant
Don't know

6.4%

7.9%

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2015
Question 42. Planning for Growth - Rate these items according to how important these
matters are to you:

Providing social support for community members

Well managed and integrated regional growth

Good quality development & urban management

Growing the economy while protecting the


character of the city and region

Lifelong learning opportunities

Fostering a diverse economy

Supporting innovation & creativity

36.99

38.80

8.33

38.76

38.28

7.08

45.02

35.65

38.47

38.37

31.29

41.20

26.84

39.86

28.04

42.82

Percentage %
Very important

Important

Neither important or unimportant

Unimportant

Very unimportant

Don't know

4.74

7.03

10.81

13.78

12.15

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 45


2015

A proud and safe City


A place that celebrates and protects its people and its outstanding indigenous, built and
cultural heritage and a remarkable environmental setting highlighted by the city in a forest.

Question 19. How safe or unsafe do you feel..

At home alone during the day?

At home alone after dark?

Walking alone near home in daylight?

11.6%

26.2%

7.2% 14.4%

35.2%

12.1%

Late at night in public social places?

18.1%

Taking public transport in the day?

15.2%

Taking public transport at night?

16.0%

18.4%

23.6%

13.2% 8.4%

27.5%

23.3%

20.4%

9.5% 8.5%

28.1%

37.9%

7.9%

33.8%

26.6%

7.6%

38.2%

24.5%

Very unsafe

Unsafe

Neutral / Not concerned

Safe

Very safe

Never in this situation

Skipped Question

7.2%

14.5% 11.8%

21.1%

In Public Spaces?

45.7%

25.6%

21.2%

Being Online?

34.5%

30.3%

23.3%

Walking alone near home after dark?

53.0%

6.0%

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2015

Question 20. Are there other places where you feel unsafe?

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 47


2015
Question 43. In five words or less, Do you think Bendigo is a liveable city?

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2015

Question 58. Please give a personal opinion score according to how well you think Greater
Bendigo rates for the following items:

28.6

Maintains existing infrastructure

18.9

Is a welcoming and inclusive place for people from


different cultural backgrounds

7.5

Invests in major projects

8.2

32.1

Plans for future growth

7.2

31.4

Greater Bendigo has a good image

9.3

Residents feel part of their local community

7.6

30.4

Offers many cultural and leisure activities that


encourage me to take part

Conserves cultural heritage for the future

Encourages creativity and innovation

Locals feel proud

6.7

22.8

9.3

17.0

13.6 9.1

21.1

6.5

34.8

25.9

7.6

32.7

26.1

7.9

7.1

26.3

6.4

27.2

34.8

11.8

8.3

27.9

8.7

26.5

39.4

34.8

15.1

Is a great place to live and work

8.9 6.0

24.5

40.2

Offers services to support vulnerable community


members
Provides quality community programs that meet
peoples needs

24.6

31.2

Assists people to find information about programs


and services

6.9

12.3

6.2

17.9 6.1

27.7

42.1

15.9

43.3

7.1

Percentage %

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither agree not disagree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don't know / N/A

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 49


2015

A sustainable City
Where there is a more effective and productive use of all finite resources, facilities and
services for the benefit of all and the coming generations.

Question 56. Environmental sustainability - Do you collect waste water from washing
machines, showers or sinks to save water?

Question 57. For the following items please give your personal opinion which corresponds
with your priority:

I think City of Greater Bendigo has a role in helping


to protect good farming land to ensure food
security or primary production into the future
I support City of Greater Bendigos involvement in
activities to encourage people to buy local produce
and manufactured goods
I support activities by the City of Greater Bendigo
which encourage new industries and technologies
that reduce environmental impacts
I think the City of Greater Bendigo has a lead role
in trying to reduce the amount of waste that is
generated, such as by reducing packaging and
plastic and increasing recycling
Strongly agree
Disagree

Agree
Strongly disagree

41.1%

46.5%

42.1%

41.4%

29.4%

7.9%

29.0%

31.3%

29.9%

7.3%

Neither agree nor disagree


Don't know / N/A

Greater Bendigo Wellbeing Survey 50


2015

A more productive, innovative, adaptive, City


Where governance is based on genuine community engagement and effective partnerships.

Question 15. Where do you get MOST of your information about community events and
public affairs in the Greater Bendigo area?

Question 22. Community and Civic Engagement. In the last 12 months have you:
Percentage %

Participated in an online discussion about political


or local community issues.

59.6

36.4

20.7

58.7

Sat on a decision-making board or committee, such


as school council, sports club committee, church
committee or corporate board.

27.4

67.2

Helped out with social activities such as


school/community, committee or canteen.

55.6

46.4
Yes, Often

8.3

12.5 14.7

82.2

Attended a body corporate meeting.

Yes, Once or Twice

15.7

68.8

Attended a community meeting, public hearing or


discussion.

No

12.7

42.2

Met with, phoned or written to a local politician.

Volunteered for an organisation or group (Unpaid).

14.3

76.6

Joined a protest demonstration.

Signed a petition.

20.8

7.8 7.1

22.1

22.2
Skipped Question

16.1 6.2

26.0

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Question 23. As a citizen of Greater Bendigo, how would you describe your ability to
influence local government decision making?

59.3%

25.0%

9.0%
5.3%
1.4%
Great influence Moderate influence A little influence

No influence

Don't know

Question 24. Do you feel there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are
important to you?

35.9%
32.5%

16.9%
9.4%
5.3%

Definitely

Yes

Sometimes

No

Not at all

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