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Indicators for Great South West Community Report Card

The indicator set for the Great South West Community Report Card was developed based on the Report Cardís framework and input from the Great South Westís residents and other stakeholders. The indicators considered included the core indicators recommended for use in Getting Started: A guide to developing regional sustainability indicators in Victoria (Byrne et al., 2010) and additional indicators identified by the regionís community and stakeholders.


Two surveys of the Great South Westís residents, and other stakeholders, were used to guide indicator selection. These surveys, carried out during April and May 2011, asked the community and its stakeholders what things they felt were the most important to the region, its community and environment into the future.


The surveys revealed that among the most important issues for the regionís sustainability were the quality and maintenance of roads, biodiversity, rates of renewable energy use, waste management, access to health care and the uptake of sustainable behaviours in the community.


The results of the survey were used to develop a draft list of indicators for the Community Report Card. During a workshop attended by the regionís stakeholders and indicator experts, each indicator in the list was considered. Those felt to be suitable for informing local decision makers about the best ways to ensure the region is sustainable into the future have been included in the agreed set of indicators for the Great South West Community Report Card.


The workshop participants agreed to a set of twenty seven indicators for the Report Card that cover the key issues for the regionís sustainability (see table below).


Each of the 27 indicators were evaluated for use in the Community Report Card by determining:

  • an appropriate measure for the indicator,
  • data availability for that measure for all Council areas in the region,
  • methods used for data collection,
  • comparability of data across data collection years
  • if and when the next data collection will be carried out, and
  • a contact for ongoing data collection for the Community Report Card.

The indicators and measures included in the 2011 Great South West Community Report Card are presented in the Table below. Not all indicators in the original agreed list have been included in the first edition of the Community Report Card (2011). This is because there were no appropriate measures with data available at the time of reporting. These indicators are flagged for further investigation for future additions of the Community Report Card.

System/key issue

Indicator

Measure used in 2011

Ecosystem wellbeing

 

 

Ecosystem health and functioning

Condition of parks and reserves

No data available

 

Condition of native vegetation

Ratio of land with high to low natural values

 

Health of waterways (Streams)

Index of Stream Condition: percent good to excellent ratings

 

Health of waterways (Wetlands)

Index of Wetland Condition: percent good to excellent ratings

 

Health of waterways (Estuaries)

No data available

 

Soil Health

Susceptibility to water erosion (% land area)

 

Status of flora and fauna

Average number of threatened flora species

 

Status of flora and fauna

Average number of threatened fauna species

Climate Change

Average streamflows compared to historical average

Average streamflow: percent of historicalstreamflow

 

Household energy use

Energy use per household (GJ)

 

Vulnerability Index to climate change

Vulnerability of Communities Index

(includes dependence on agriculture, number of dependent/vulnerable people and exposure to climate change impacts such as high temperatures, changed rainfall patterns, frosts and sea level rise)

 

Vulnerability Index to climate change impacts

Biodiversity vulnerability: Number of high to very high risk ratings

Waste management

Waste to landfill from households

Waste generated per household (kg)

 

Waste recycling rate of households

Percent waste recycled

Human Wellbeing

 

 

Community Wellbeing

Community Wellbeing Index

Community Strength Index

(includes indicators that assess amenity, ability to get help, community participation and selected outcomes, e.g. safety, diversity and feeling valued by society)

 

Volunteer rate (include social and environmental)

Percent of people who volunteer

 

Education levels attained

Percent 25+ year olds with a non-school qualification

 

Demographic change

Net migration

 

Demographic change

Population change (%)

 

Demographic change

Change in age structure (%)

 

Participation rates of young people

Percent of 15-19 year olds fully engaged in work or study (% )

 

Participation rates of young people

Percent of 15-19 year olds not engaged in work or study (%)

 

Participation rates of young people

Percent of 15-19 year olds employed full-time

 

Participation rates of young people

Percent of 15-19 year olds studying or part-time work

 

Number of cultural, sporting, recreation, arts and craft events and local food markets

Participated in Arts and Related Activities in the Last Month (%)

 

Number of cultural, sporting, recreation, arts and craft events and local food markets

Opportunities to Participate in Arts and Related Activities (%)

 

Violent crime rates

Crimes against the person rate per 100,000 population

Economic wellbeing

Unemployment rate

Percent of labour force unemployed

 

Employment diversity

Number of sectors with 5% of workforce

Healthy lifestyles

Health Index

Health Index

(includes smoking, psychological distress, alcohol consumption, obesity, consumption of fruit and vegetables and physical activity)

 

An index of sustainable lifestyles

Sustainable Lifestyles Index

(includes shower time, plastic bag use packaging choice, power use, buying local, growing own food, red meat consumption, composting, and transport use)

Regional planning

Land use change versus land suitability

No method or data available

 

Implementation of environmental/sustainability strategy actions

No data available

Roads and transport

Access to public transport

Percent who live close to public transport

 

Road condition and maintenance

No data available

Access to services

Access to healthcare

Access to hospital services in local area (self-sufficiency)

 

Access to healthcare

General practitioners per 1,000 population

Affordability

Housing affordability

Percent households with housing costs 30% or more of gross income

 

Housing affordability

Percent of renters with renting costs 30% or more of gross income

 

Housing affordability

Percent purchasers with mortgage costs 30% or more of gross income

 

VAMPIRE Index

VAMPIRE Index: vulnerability to mortgage, oil and inflation stress

(includes percent people working who undertook a journey to work by car; percent households with 2 or more cars; median weekly household income; and percent dwellings being purchased)




Thank you to all the people in the region who participated in the surveys and workshop, we really appreciate your input! And thanks to the Project Reference Group and Project Executive Group for their input and support.