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Key Issues

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:

  • Degradation of natural ecosystems health and functioning
  • Climate change impacts on the community, its resources and environment
  • Changes in human population (i.e. growth in coastal areas, ageing population and declining small towns)
  • Community wellbeing issues such health, lifestyle choices, violent crime and resilience
  • Impacts on economic wellbeing of labour and skills shortages and ability to retain staff
  • Services and infrastructure provision including equitable access and condition of infrastructure
  • Lack of strong regional planning and resultant land use change impacts
  • Resource issues including water, green energy, waste management, food security, community capacity and education

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.


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