Improving region's roads is top priority - council survey

ROADS are the driving issue for Rockhampton region residents.

The issue of road infrastructure was highlighted as one of the most important in Rockhampton Regional Council's 2014 resident satisfaction and importance survey.

The results of the November survey were yesterday presented at the performance and service committee meeting.

The survey examined 47 council infrastructure items, facilities and services, and was completed by 437 people.

When it comes to the region's roads, the survey revealed urban areas contributing to low satisfaction ratings were in Wandal, West Rockhampton, Park Avenue, Kawana and Koongal.

Rural sealed roads with lower satisfaction ratings were in the Alton Downs and Bajool areas.

Footpaths, parks and the CBD revitalisation were also identified as high priorities for the region's residents, with areas in Gracemere, Bouldercombe and Bajool reporting higher levels of dissatisfaction.

The region's libraries, the art gallery, Rockhampton Zoo and Heritage Village were among the top-performing council facilities for the community.

The survey revealed a 95% confidence level, up 11.1% from the 2011 survey.

The number of council services and facilities meeting community expectations has also increased, up six from 2011 to 16.

But there are still 32 ranked by the community as below expectations, something council will be working to improve.

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