Social: Indicator Group Results

Social Health Results

The Social component was last assessed in 2019 and these results are used in the 2021 report card. As the Social component scores have shown little variation over the life of the report card it is proposed that monitoring for this indicator will now occur in every third year. The next round of monitoring for this component is scheduled to occur in 2021–22.

The Social component is comprised of three indicator groups: harbour usability, harbour access and liveability/wellbeing. These social indicator groups were developed from the GHHP vision and piloted in 2014 to address the following report card objectives:

  • To maintain or improve easy access to the Harbour waters and foreshore for recreation and community use;
  • To maintain or improve a safe harbour for all users; and
  • To enhance liveability and wellbeing in the region.

The overall score for the Social component was 0.67 (B) which was comprised of harbour usability 0.64 (C), harbour access 0.67 (B) and liveability/wellbeing 0.70 (B). These scores were all similar to previous years.

Social Indicators
2021 Results
Social Overall Result
Grading system
A
Very good (0.85-1.00)
B
Good (0.65-0.84)
C
Satisfactory (0.50-0.64)
D
Poor (0.25-0.49)
E
Very poor (0.00-0.24)
 
Data not available

Confidence
Confidence
Change (from 2020 to 2021)
Change

Harbour usability Indicator Group Results

What was measured?

The harbour usability indicator group comprised three indicators: (1) satisfaction with harbour recreational activities, (2) perceptions of air and water quality in the harbour area and (3) perceptions of harbour safety for human use. 

Community satisfaction with harbour usability was primarily assessed through a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview survey and an online version of the same survey with a total of 431 participants. The marine safety incidents and oil spills measures were assessed through secondary data sourced from Maritime Safety Queensland, Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Results

Scores for the three indicators were 0.71 (B) for satisfaction with harbour recreational activities, 0.58 (C) for perceptions of air and water quality and 0.63 (C) for perceptions of harbour safety for human use.

This was the sixth consecutive year that the satisfaction with harbour recreational activities indicator has received a good (B) grade. One of its measures (satisfaction with the last recreational trip) received the highest measure score (0.74) within the harbour usability indicator group.

Since monitoring began, the perceptions of air and water quality indicator has steadily increased from poor to satisfactory (0.46 in 2014 to 0.58 in 2019). As in previous years, however, perceptions of air and water quality received the lowest indicator score. One of its measures (air quality satisfaction) also received the lowest measure score (0.48) in 2019.

The perceptions of harbour safety for human use indicator improved for the third consecutive year and received a score of 0.63 (C). This indicator has two measures based purely on the secondary data. Marine safety incidents recorded a score of 0.54 (C) while oil spills received a score of 0.66 (B). The other two measures showed similar scores to the previous year, with safety at night and happy to eat seafood receiving scores of 0.62 (C) and 0.68 (B) respectively.

This was the sixth consecutive year that the satisfaction with harbour recreational activities indicator has received a good (B) grade. One of its measures (satisfaction with the last recreational trip) received the highest measure score (0.74) within the harbour usability indicator group.

Since monitoring began, the perceptions of air and water quality indicator has steadily increased from poor to satisfactory (0.46 in 2014 to 0.58 in 2019). As in previous years, however, perceptions of air and water quality received the lowest indicator score. One of its measures (air quality satisfaction) also received the lowest measure score (0.48) in 2019.

The perceptions of harbour safety for human use indicator improved for the third consecutive year and received a score of 0.63 (C). This indicator has two measures based purely on the secondary data. Marine safety incidents recorded a score of 0.54 (C) while oil spills received a score of 0.66 (B). The other two measures showed similar scores to the previous year, with safety at night and happy to eat seafood receiving scores of 0.62 (C) and 0.68 (B) respectively.

What does it mean?

Overall, the harbour usability score improved for the second consecutive year and maintained a satisfactory grade.

Like the previous years, most of the community viewed the harbour area as a place that provides recreational facilities and an environment for leisure activities. The residents continue to see the harbour as a producer of healthy seafood for consumption and a safe place to enjoy. Concerns about air and water pollutants continue but these do not appear to impact the communities use of or satisfaction with the harbour. Air and water quality concerns may be an artefact of past issues and the proximity of industry in and around the Gladstone Harbour area.

Harbour access Indicator Group Results

What was measured?

The harbour access indicator group comprised four indicators: (1) satisfaction with access to the harbour, (2) satisfaction with boat ramps and public spaces, (3) perceptions of harbour health and (4) perceptions of barriers to access.

Community perceptions of harbour access was assessed through a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview survey and an online version of the same survey.

Results

Indicator scores ranged from 0.63 (C), for perceptions of harbour health, to 0.73 (B) for satisfaction with harbour access. Satisfaction with boat ramps and public spaces and perceptions of barriers to access both had good scores at 0.65 (B) and 0.66 (B) respectively. All four indicator scores were broadly consistent with previous years.

Of the eleven measures used to report on the harbour access indicator group there were seven good scores, three satisfactory scores and one poor score (marine debris as a problem scoring 0.48).

All four harbour access indicator scores have been steadily increasing since the pilot report card in 2014.

What does it mean?

Overall, harbour access received a good grade. This was a similar result to the past three years. By indicator, there were three good grades and one satisfactory grade.

Results indicate that residents continue to enjoy accessing the harbour, public spaces and boat ramps. Perceptions of harbour health were satisfactory and have showed minimal change over the past three years. Residents further agreed that they have fair access to the harbour compared to its other users. However, respondents continue to perceive that marine debris and litter is a problem in Gladstone Harbour. Despite this, they did not see the amounts of marine debris, commercial shipping and recreational boating activity as hindrances to harbour access. The harbour environment is viewed positively by many residents and they believe this will continue.

Liveability/wellbeing Indicator Group Results

What was measured?

This indicator assessed the contribution of the harbour to liveability and wellbeing in Gladstone through the Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview survey and online survey.

Liveability refers to the elements in a region that affect how individuals feel about living there. Those elements include the physical environment (natural and human) and social elements such as feelings of community spirit, wellbeing, culture and opportunities for work and recreation.

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.

Results

The contribution of Gladstone Harbour to its liveability and community wellbeing was scored at 0.70 (B)—the same score as the previous year. Scores for the living in Gladstone makes a better experience measure slightly decreased, the participate in community events measure increased and the aesthetic value measure decreased when compared with scores from the previous year.

What does it mean?

There has been minimal change in the liveability/wellbeing indicator over the past five years. Generally, people living in the Gladstone Region feel that Gladstone Harbour provides them with a positive living experience and quality of life. Many residents continue to participate in community events, such as The Gladstone Harbour Festival, Eco-Fest and Boyne-Tannum Hook Up, that are held in and around the harbour area. Overall, respondents enjoyed going to the harbour due to its natural beauty.