Residents urged to have their say to help shape SJ’s future

Local residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the level of services...

29 August 2018
Community Perceptions Survey 2018

Local residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the level of services, activities and facilities available in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale as part of special Community Perceptions Survey available next month.

Topics canvassed in biennial survey will include the quality of leadership provided by the Shire, the provision of facilities for different age groups, and any concerns around safety and security.

The survey provides a direct, yet anonymous way to give feedback on a range of key community issues. It also provides valuable information to help Shire staff and councillors plan and allocate future resources.

An independent research company will manage the process, with properties randomly selected to receive Community Scorecards. Residents who don’t receive a letterbox survey can still have their say online.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the process encouraged collaboration between residents and the Shire to help identify priority issues and allocate funds accordingly.

“We run a Community Perceptions Survey every two years as a way to ensure we’re in tune with the needs of our residents and to better plan for the future,” Cr Rich said. 

“The process also helps to refine how we communicate with residents so that people remain aware of key issues and can respond accordingly.”

The Community Scorecard asks residents to rate liveability in the Shire on a scale of one to five. It also poses key questions about whether councillors and staff have a good understanding of the community’s needs and a clear vision for its future.

Cr Rich said the Shire was keen to hear from residents about a range of issues from managing population growth, to the provision of footpaths and cycle ways and access to public transport.

“It’s not a time consuming process for those who are either selected to take part or who choose to do so, but it really does provide us with an accurate picture of what’s most important to the community,” she said.

“The survey helps inform our strategic plan, which is a shared future vision between the Shire and the community.”

The survey is open from September 3 until September 21 with further information available on the Your Say section of our website.