This study reviewed principal indicators of community function and well-being, the resources and strategies necessary for enabling and enhancing community responses, and how communities respond to major developments in their region.

This report can be used to inform strategic investments that will help maintain or enhance community function and well-being.


Reports and papers

CSIRO survey of Community Wellbeing and responding to change: Western Downs region in Queensland PDF 1 MB

The survey results showed that wellbeing in communities rated favourably and that levels of community resilience were satisfactory. However, planning for the future, leadership within the community and access to relevant information were three areas that people felt were not good enough to deal with changes arising from CSG development.

Final report, September 2014.

Perceptions of community responses to the unconventional gas industry: The importance of community agency

When rural communities face major changes whether due to natural disasters, decline of old industries or the development of new ones, some appear to adapt well to the changes while others languish.

Journal of Rural Studies, December 2016.

Resilience in changing community landscape of coal seam gas: Chincilla in Southern Queensland

This paper examines community responses to a rapidly changing social and economic environment through the theoretical lens of community resilience.

Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 2013.


Community resilience PDF 162 KB

The benefits and costs of development are closely tied to
the social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges experienced by impacted communities and surrounding regions.

Factsheet, July 2013.

CSIRO survey of Community Wellbeing and responding to change Western Downs region in Queensland PDF 385 KB

The outcomes of the 2014 survey were presented at the Social and economic CSG research forum in November 2014.

Presentation, November 2014.

Landmark report reveals how regional communities really feel about coal seam gas PDF 246 KB

The report is part of a three year project that looks at how CSG activities impact on a community’s wellbeing and functioning. The report draws on a survey of a representative sample of 400 residents in the Western Downs region of south-west Queensland.

Media release, September 2014.

Project Progress

This project is now complete.

Project proposal PDF 365 KB

A detailed description of the project, budget and research milestones.

Project order, October 2012.

Progress report PDF 460 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, May 2015.

GISERA related research

Community functioning and wellbeing 2

This project examines and measures the changes since the end of the construction and beginning of the operations phases through comparisons with survey 1 in 2014.

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