Community Research

We're committed to building vibrant and sustainable communities. As part of this, we regularly carry out and commission research to better understand how we can meet the current and future needs of our people.

Quality of Life survey Community Facilities research

Quality of Life survey

To get a picture of life in our district, we hold annual Quality of Life surveys with help from independent research company, Versus Research. This anonymous survey has been in place since 2018.

The answers provided in this survey gives not only QLDC, but social services organisations, with the data and insight to ensure the big issues are being addressed.

Who can take part

The survey is open to all members of our community 18 years and over (not just ratepayers).

What is covered

You will be asked questions about a range of subjects including growth, safety, income, community connections and personal resilience. For the 2019 survey, there were also a range of questions exploring wellbeing, and some of the key issues highlighted last year, such as mental health, were assessed more closely.

Community Facilities Research

With the support of regional funders (Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust South and the Otago Community Trust), we recently completed Our Community Spaces - a report on community facilities, groups and services.

The aim of this was to gain insight into the opportunities and challenges that exist for community groups in our district, particularly in relation to facilities. This data has been useful for all community groups, QLDC and other funders to better plan for the future.

Please click on the pdfs below to view the results and case studies.

If you have any questions, please contact Marie Day, QLDC Senior Advisor, Community Liaison and Policy: marie.day@qldc.govt.nz

Key ideas and opportunities

The report highlighted findings about our local groups and services and outlines ideas and opportunities for meeting future community facility needs. The key ideas and opportunities include:

  • plan a more coordinated approach to community facility development

  • take a networked approach to facility management

  • build collaborative partnerships

  • harness innovation and good design principles

  • ensure council-owned facilities meet demand

  • identify land for facility development

  • explore and develop creative funding avenues

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