GISERA community wellbeing survey
June 15th, 2016
An important part of gas industry development is working closely with local communities to ensure that the benefits of development are shared. Equally important is having a thorough understanding of the wellbeing of local communities in and around operating gasfields.
In the Western Downs region of Queensland, the Gas Industry Social & Economic Research Alliance (GISERA) has been tracking wellbeing across 15 dimensions (or metrics), including perceptions of community spirit, environmental quality, level of services and facilities, and employment and job opportunities.
GISERA have just released a summary of their 2016 wellbeing research, which shows some interesting results from the baseline survey of 2014. Overall, 10 of the 15 dimensions were, on average, rated favorably, and the study authors note:
“While some dimensions improved and others declined, overall community wellbeing remained virtually the same between 2014 when CSG development was in its busy construction phase and 2016 when the industry had slowed and was not yet in full operations phase.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, satisfaction with employment and business opportunities declined significantly between 2014 during the height of the construction phase, and the post-construction phase in 2016.
The other dimension that declined between the two surveys was that of community cohesion – we suspect driven in part by the dishonest scare campaigns mounted by out of town activist groups which spread misinformation about the gas industry.
The full survey results will be published in July, but in the meantime, the graph below tracks the 15 dimensions in 2014 and 2016: