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Have your say on the future of the Pilbara

Oct 31, 2016

The attitudes and perceptions of people living in regional Western Australia are being captured in a state-wide online survey launched this month that will help shape future policy and investment decisions.

The Living in the Regions survey, conducted by the Department of Regional Development, is a secure and convenient way for regional residents to provide feedback.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill urged Pilbara residents to have their say to ensure the region was well represented in the results.

“In 2013, the Pilbara rated higher than any other region in WA in terms of employment prospects and financial situation, however rated lowest in comparison to other regions in health and wellbeing, sense of community and happiness,” Mr Hill said

“The region has undergone a remarkable transformation since 2013 when the last survey was conducted, so the results will be an important indicator of how this change is affecting residents’ overall happiness and lifestyle.”

It is anticipated government agencies, private organisations and community groups will use the survey findings to support decision-making and policy development across regional WA.

More than 10,000 people responded when the survey was last conducted in 2013, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the country.

The survey, conducted by the Department of Regional Development via Ernst & Young, is available online at http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/Regions2016

Regional residents will also receive the survey in the mail, with 50,000 copies distributed randomly across regional WA.

The survey will remain open until November 30, 2016 and results are expected to be available mid-2017. Results from the 2013 survey are available at http://www.drd.wa.gov.au

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