Playgrounds verses dog parks

Article image - Playgrounds verses dog parks Liveability Census asks what people want their neighbourhood to look like.

More parks or more parking? More public art, or greener streets? Dog parks or kids playgrounds? 

The largest social research project in Australian history, the 2021 Australian Liveability Census, is underway now and Goulburn Mulwaree Council, New South Wales, is putting up a $100 shopping voucher to encourage residents to have their say. 

After a year where local neighbourhoods were more important than ever, it is the perfect time to understand what would make them better. 

Mayor, Bob Kirk, said, “In Goulburn Mulwaree we have put a big focus on liveability with a number of our recent projects, including the river walkway network, Aquatic Centre Redevelopment and the central business district beautification projects. 

“This census is a really good opportunity for our community to have a say on a national level, but then from this we will be able to draw out information submitted by our residents into a report focused on the region. 

“This will be valuable for the next group of councillors, to be elected in September, in planning for the future.” 

Place Score, who is undertaking the census, states that findings will capture community values and measure neighbourhood performance across the country. 

The data captured can be used by governments of all levels to direct positive change in all local areas. 

The 2021 Australian Liveability Census, a 15 minute survey that can only be done online at, will close on 30 June. 

Place Score has received funding from the Federal Government to assist with coordination of the project, through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.