Coffs Coast looks to demographics
WHAT is the population of the Coffs Harbour area? Is our population ageing or are we getting younger? Are we more or less multicultural than the State average?
These and many more questions can now be answered at the click of a mouse by using Coffs Council’s new community profile website.
“This online profile provides vastly improved access to information about the community and will give individuals, community groups and organisations the chance to better understand the community so that they can best tackle activities such as research, planning and advocacy,” said Councillor Jenny Bonfield, chair of council’s corporate business committee.
The site presents data from the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 ABS Census’ and will be updated with 2011 data as soon as it becomes available. The information is presented in simple, clear tables, interactive maps and charts with concise factual commentary.
Council engaged a specialist demographics company to develop the comprehensive profile of the Coffs Harbour local government area.
Delivered online as an interactive website, the community profile is now freely available from council’s website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au and will enable local businesses, potential investors, community groups, students and the general public, as well as council staff, to have access to detailed information about the population characteristics of the community.
“Not only will the online profile provide easy access to huge amounts of valuable data, it will also provide Council with the evidence to build a compelling case when applying for funding or advocating for the community,”Cr Bonfield said.
Among the features included are data from the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Censuses, benchmarks to other relevant areas, written descriptions and analysis of each area to provide context, PDF reports for hard copies, customised map selection and an interactive Microsoft Bing™ map base with pan and zoom features.