The community wellbeing survey conducted by NRSDC and RDA-NR in 2013 asked respondents whether they feel there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important to them. In general 65.8% felt that they definitely or sometimes had opportunities to have a say. This trend was much stronger in Ballina where 46.8% definitely felt they had an opportunity, compared to 27% for Tweed. Approximately a quarter of respondents from the Richmond Valley (28.5%), Kyogle (27.2%), Tweed (26%) and Lismore (23.5%) LGAs did not feel as though they had opportunities to have a say (i.e. answered ‘no’ or ‘not at all’).
The community wellbeing survey also examined levels of involvement in community groups, local events and activism and indicates moderate levels of participation in community groups, with those involved in groups likely to have been involved in local action in the last 2 years (59.7%).
There are also reasonable levels of participation on decision making bodies (18.3%) and most respondents have attended a local community event in the past 6 months.