Survey checks the ‘pulse’ of residents during COVID-19
About one-third of Mackay region residents have had their employment negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This has included reduced hours, being stood down or difficulty finding work.
And 20 per cent of residents have needed to access financial support, such as accessing superannuation, financing or sale of assets, or seeking rent reductions.
Most residents are hopeful for the future. However, one in three feels at risk of their situation worsening in the next six months.
These are some of the key findings of a COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey conducted recently by IRIS Research on behalf of Mackay Regional Council.
The survey, which included a random phone poll and an online option, showed the biggest negative impacts had been on residents’ mental and emotional health and social well being.
Main concerns for the future included ongoing impacts on employment and travel, including being able to visit family, a second COVID-19 wave and the economic impact.
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