What should be our priority right now?

Communities across WA (including the shire of Dardanup!) are collecting opinions and mapping resilience levels about what local governments should prioritise in COVID-19 recovery plans.

The MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard is the tool being used with the aim of reaching collecting 10,000 responses across WA.

The study is unique in its scale, reach and impact. The project sees the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, 139 Local Governments and local communities collaborating to access timely and relevant information.

The idea was sparked by Lisa Lough from CATALYSE and Candy Choo from Local Government Professionals WA when they found there was a shared need for this information.

“This is a special collaboration. With scarce resources, many small and regional councils could not access important information. This project is only possible because the State Government, Local Government and people across WA are sharing resources, time and energy. It’s a genuine example of being stronger together,” said Lisa Lough from Perth-based consultancy CATALYSE.

Early indicators from 2,300 residents are that COVID-19 has had a high impact on 1 in 5 residents and 1 in 3 residents continue to have high concerns about COVID-19.

Most residents agree their local government has put good health and safety practices in place to manage COVID-19 risks in local parks, libraries and community facilities.

Communities are showing their resilience. Around 8 in 10 residents rate their general health as good or better and 8 in 10 residents rate their social relationships as good or better. Most are feeling hopeful and enthusiastic about the future.

“Early results are encouraging. They highlight strong leadership in Local Government to support their communities. They reinforce the crucial role Local Government has during times of crisis and emergency,” said Candy Choo from Local Government Professionals WA.

“Respondents are saying they want Local Government to take an active role in economic recovery and to engage local businesses and community members to create a Recovery Plan. But, to find out if these are the main priorities in each local government area, we need to hear from more people.”

The MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard will remain open until 3 July 2020.

It is open to all residents aged 18 years or older and can be completed online at www.research.net/r/MARKYT