Timaru District a happy place

Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014

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More people are happy living here, enjoy the quality of life and think it is a better place to do business than in 2011, according to a Timaru District Council commissioned survey.

The 2014 Communitrak survey by National Research Bureau showed a high degree of satisfaction for most council services and facilities.

Sixty-eight per cent of respondents were very happy with the quality of life the district offered, up from 55 per cent in 2011. Forty-two per cent of residents think Timaru District is better, as a place to live, than it was three years ago (34 per cent in 2011), while 52 per cent feel it is the same (58 per cent in 2011) and 3 per cent say it is worse.

Geraldine topped the poll for the perceived safest place to live of the three wards.

As far as business goes, 82 per cent think it's a good place to do business compared to 74 per cent in 2011.

Public toilets gained a 2 per cent improvement rating but were still viewed as the lowest of all facilities.

Dissatisfaction with public toilets, public swimming pools and parks and recreation were marginally above national and peer group averages.

District planning showed the biggest dip with overall satisfaction of council services going from 52 per cent in 2011 to 45 per cent this year. Waste minimisation declined from 97 per cent in 2011 to 89 per cent in the recent survey.

When it comes to value for money, infrastructure such as water supply and sewerage system got the thumbs up while the largest decline was for public swimming pools with only 8 per cent believing more money should be spent, down 13 per cent from the previous survey.

Council corporate planning manager Mark Low said overall the survey was very positive and reflected well on the district.

"It is probably the best survey results so far. The first survey was in 2005," Low said.

He said he thought the council offered a range of services well, and the results identified a couple of areas which needed more attention.

Councillors will consider the results at a meeting on Tuesday.

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- The Timaru Herald

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