Community safety and spirit high for South Australians
A new report shows the overwhelming majority of South Australians feel safe in their communities and enjoy living in their local area.
The Indicators of Community Strength across South Australian Local Government Areas surveyed more than 10,000 randomly selected people about their perceptions of, and involvement in, their local community. Results show:
- most South Australians – 90% – feel safe in their community
- 97% like living in their local area
- 93% feel they can get help from family, friends or neighbours when they need it
- 90% rate their environment positively in terms of planning, open spaces and lack of
- 33% regularly volunteer their time
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said the findings highlight South Australians' strong sense of community spirit.
"Building strong, safe and connected communities where all South Australians are welcome and included is central to the State Government's agenda," Ms Bettison said.
"Local communities matter to people. They are very important because people care about where they live and band together in times of need."
Ms Bettison said the first South Australian community strengths survey was undertaken in 2007 and the results were extremely positive.
"We wanted to ensure we are still on the right track and creating the best opportunities for South Australians, which is why we conducted another comprehensive survey," Ms Bettison said.
"I am delighted with the results, showing the overwhelming majority of people feel safe, supported and involved in their community, and trust their neighbours.
"Just as important is the finding that many South Australians regularly volunteer, which means people want to give back to their communities and help others who may not be as fortunate.
"The report will provide invaluable information to local and state governments, community and business to continue to support the growth of safe and inclusive communities right across our state.
"Everyone benefits when communities are resilient, active and confident, when they celebrate diversity, and when they include and support their most vulnerable members."
The online mapping application enables a user-friendly interactive investigation of the data, including comparison of the 2013 and 2007 results along with the ability to resize a map to an area(s) of interest.
This project has been led by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, with support from local government.
The report, survey and an online mapping application are available online at www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/research.