Community Survey - Results Summary

In September 2019, residents in the Knutsford area received a survey from Curtin University researcher Beth Perry which looked at how different members of the community relate to the vision for the area.

Beth’s research also sought to explore how or if the community would like to participate in future development and what support they may need to do so. The survey had a good return rate and Beth would like to thank all the people who responded. This work is helping the City to plan for further engagement with the Knutsford community, including the upcoming community walk tour (click here for more information or to RSVP).

The results of this survey have been summarised below. If you would like to discuss the outcomes of the survey please contact Beth Perry by email beth.perry@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or you can speak to her at the community walk.


Profile of respondents

  • 75 of respondents live in the area
  • 45% of respondents own property in the area
  • Respondents were fairly evenly split across areas, with slightly more respondents between Blinco and High Street

Vision

  • There was high awareness and support for the vision for sustainable urban development
  • 50% of respondents were aware of the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter (FIAQ) vision
  • 50% of respondents support the FIAQ vision (this was strongly from those who were aware)
  • 43% of respondents 'didn't know' whether they supported the FIAQ vision, which aligns with 53% not being aware
  • 3% (2 respondents) did not support the FIAQ vision

Future plans

  • 19% had plans to develop or redevelop, and 12% were undecided

Assistance with future plans

  • 50% wanted advice on sustainable technologies
  • 32% wanted advice on each of the following: architectural design, potential viability of development, establishing a sustainable community, and introductions to others in the community with like ideas
  • 27% wanted advice from a development/builder or a mentor (someone who has already done, or tried what I’m intending to do)
  • 18% wanted advice on each of the following: the potential viability of different land uses, establishing a business and establishing knowledge sharing networks

Aspects of development that people were interested in

  • the vision(s)
  • sustainable community
  • sustainable technologies and architecture
  • future development
  • land use and activity
  • public realm, open space
  • access, transport (incl walking and cycling) and parking

Participation, level of involvement and roles

  • 78% wanted to receive news about what's going on in the area
  • 62% only wanted to attend meetings when an issue interests them
  • 20% wanted to participate in, but not lead a community group
  • 3 people said they be interested in leading a community group (but 2 of those did not provide contact details)
  • 65% of respondents said they would like a say in land-uses and activities
  • 64% of respondents said they would like a say in the design of public areas and streetscapes
  • 61% of respondents said they would like a say on what gets built in the area
  • 28% of respondents said they would like a say in the design of buildings

Value of previous meetings

  • 24% attended previous meetings. The rest did not, or were not aware of these meetings
  • 65% said they felt they’d had a chance to say what they wanted to say
  • Of those who attending, 76% found it ‘a bit’ useful.
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