Social: Indicator Group Results

Social Health Results

The overall grade for the social component of the 2014 Gladstone Harbour pilot report card was a C. The reporting region was Gladstone Local Government Area.

Social health was mainly assessed through a community survey of 400 people from the Gladstone Local Government Area, which was conducted in August 2014.

Of the three indicator groups, Harbour access received a score of 0.61 with most survey respondents satisfied with their level of access to the harbour, their most recent trip to the area and the quality of ramps and facilities.

Liveability and Wellbeing received a score of 0.64 with most people agreeing that the harbour improves their liveability and wellbeing.

Harbour usability received a score of 0.60. This grade was affected by measures related to the Harbour safety, i.e., marine pollution and marine safety incidents.

Social Health
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Technical Report

Harbour Access

What was measured?

The harbour access indicator group comprised four indicators: satisfaction with access, satisfaction with boat ramps, perception of harbour health and perception of barriers to access.

This indicator was assessed through a community survey of 400 people from the Gladstone Local Government Area that was conducted in August 2014. The harbour access survey questions covered frequency of harbour use, number of boat ramps, access to public spaces, shipping and recreational boating. People responded on a ten point scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

Why was it measured?

To assess community satisfaction with harbour access and to provide baseline data for reference in future surveys. In the long-term this will allow trends to be plotted over time to measure performance in relation to vision that Gladstone has a healthy accessible working harbour.

Results

Ninety nine percent of people surveyed had visited the harbour in the previous 12 months and most of those people (93%) had visited for recreational purposes. Most people believed they had fair access to the harbour and were also satisfied with the level of access to public spaces

and the number of boat ramps. Most people agreed that the amount of shipping (71%) and recreational boating (81%) had not reduced their use of the harbour area. Most also agreed that marine debris (82%) and water quality (59%) did not affect their access or frequency of use. However, less than half of the people surveyed (42%) felt that they were able to have input into the management of Gladstone Harbour if they wanted.

Harbour Access chart

Social Indicators
2014 Results

Harbour Access grading

Liveability and Wellbeing

What was measured?

This indicator assessed the contribution of the harbour to liveability and wellbeing in Gladstone.

This indicator was assessed through a community survey of 400 people from the Gladstone Local Government Area that was conducted in August 2014. The liveability and wellbeing survey questions related to whether Gladstone Harbour makes living in Gladstone a better experience and the level of participation in community events.

Why was it measured?

To assess community satisfaction with liveability and wellbeing and to provide baseline data for reference in future surveys. In the long-term this will allow trends to be plotted over time to measure performance in relation to vision that Gladstone has a healthy accessible working harbour.

Results

Ninety two percent of people surveyed believe that Gladstone Harbour is a key part of the Gladstone community.

Eighty percent agreed that Gladstone Harbour made living in Gladstone a better experience and 73% of agreed that Gladstone Harbour improved their quality of life. However, only half the respondents regularly participated in community events in the harbour area.

Liveability and Wellbeing chart

Social Indicators
2014 Results

Liveability and Wellbeing grading

Harbour Usability

What was measured?

The harbour usability indicator group comprised three indicators: perceptions of harbour safety, harbour recreation and perceptions of air quality (in the harbour area) and water quality.

Community satisfaction with harbour usability was primarily assessed through a community survey of 400 people from the Gladstone Local Government Area that was conducted in August 2014.

The harbour usability survey questions related to satisfaction with people’s last trip to the harbour, quality of ramps and facilities, satisfaction with air and water quality, safety at night and whether people were happy to eat seafood from the harbour.

Secondary data on marine pollution and marine safety incidents (sourced from Maritime Safety Queensland, Department of Transport and Main Roads) were also incorporated as measures into the final grade for Harbour safety.

Why was it measured?

To assess community satisfaction with harbour usability and to provide baseline data for reference in future surveys. In the long-term this will allow trends to be plotted over time to measure performance in relation to vision that Gladstone has a healthy accessible working harbour.

Results

Of the survey respondents who had visited the Gladstone Harbour area for recreation most (89%) were satisfied with the trip.

However perceptions of the usability and condition of the harbour were more variable.

A majority (61%) believed that the harbour was in great condition and a slight majority (56%) were optimistic about the future health of the harbour, although only 48% believed that the health of the harbour had improved in the past year. Most participants were satisfied with the quality of boat ramps (71%) and 52% were not concerned about marine debris and litter. Only 33% were not concerned about water quality and only 28% were not concerned with about air quality in the harbour area. A slight majority of respondents (56%) were happy to eat seafood caught from the harbour but only 61% felt safe being in the harbour area at night.

Harbour Usability chart

Social Indicators
2014 Results

Harbour Usability grading