Four hundred residents and ratepayers of Stonnington Council will have their say on local government performance by taking part in the annual community satisfaction survey, Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien MP, said today.
Mr O’Brien said local residents and ratepayers in Stonnington will be selected randomly for the telephone survey and urged those who do receive a phone call to take part.
“The Statewide Local Government Services Report provides valuable insight as to how well you believe Stonnington Council is performing,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This is a really good opportunity for people to make their views known on four main areas: council’s overall performance, community consultation, advocacy and customer service.
“It’s important that councils have this data to make any necessary improvements.”
Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said last year’s state-wide survey showed nine per cent of respondents rated their councils as very good, 40 per cent as good and 36 per cent as average.
“Another nine per cent rated their councils as poor, four per cent as very poor and one per cent couldn’t say either way,” Mrs Powell said.
While rate increases remain a community concern, Mrs Powell said the Coalition Government is placing downward pressure on council rates through important funding initiatives, including:
• $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program;
• $1 billion Regional Growth Fund delivering $100 million for capital works projects;
• $46.7 million annually, to support public libraries; and
• $7.9 million for roadside pest weed and rabbit control.
Across Victoria, 71 councils have nominated to take part in the survey which will give almost 30,000 people the chance to have their say.
For more information on the survey, visit www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/localgovernment/publications-and-research/data,-directories-and-surveys.