The Southern Highlands Community Foundation has released it’s ‘ vital signs ‘ report.
The report will be updated every two years and Chair Nicole Smith said there are some interesting findings.
“77 per cent of the population here in the Highlands were born in Australia and 88 per cent only speak English,
“The median age here is also 10 years above the national average,”Ms. Smith said.
The report also shows a lack of local social connection.
A quarter of households, have one person living by themselves and Ms. Smith said close to 50 per cent of those people surveyed felt they didn’t feel part of the community.
“For us that’s pretty shocking and concerning, because we really know that connection within community really helps with issues such as mental health,
“That’s really an area we want to focus on,”Ms. Smith said.
The report was funded by the foundation, using direct surveys and information from around a hundred data points.
To access the full report click here
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