THE Glenelg Shire has the best ecosystem in the south west but the worst human wellbeing according to a new study.
The two-year study conducted by the University of Ballarat compared Glenelg Shire with Southern Grampians, Moyne, Warrnambool City, Corangamite and Colac-Otway shires, by surveying the health of natural ecosystems and also the health of the community.
Human wellbeing was measured by population growth, labour and skill shortages and services and infrastructure, and ecosystem wellbeing by soil health, the number of threatened species, energy use, waste and recycling.
The Glenelg Shire received the lowest score for human wellbeing despite a relatively stable population and a high diversity of employment, with eight sectors employing more than five per cent of the workforce.
The report said violent crime in Glenelg is the highest in the region, as is unemployment, with the participation of young people in work and education the lowest.
“Public transport access is also an issue for Glenelg residents with only 12 per cent of residents having access,” the report said.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.