To help in the development of the Community Report Card it is important to understand what the key issues are for the region. These issues can then be used to inform the choice of indicators for the Report Card. A review of key documents, including local government strategies, Great South Coast Regional Plan and the Regional Catchment Strategies, identified the following key issues for the Great South West:
The stakeholder survey in May 2011 revealed a number of emerging issues not previously identified. These included the need to transform industry base in the region to green industries including a local renewable energy industry, sustainable farming practices, public transport access and use, and community and government’s understanding of sustainability.