Making the Central Vic Goldfields region the happiest in the world!

Published on 12 April 2021

An Australian first has been launched across the thirteen local government areas that make up the Central Victorian Goldfields region.

The Happiness Index survey – a powerful global tool that asks communities about their quality of life – is helping put the region’s communities front and centre in tourism planning for the Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage bid.

Deployment of the survey is a partnership between the World Heritage bid’s thirteen local government partners, Planet Happiness and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Co-patron for the World Heritage bid, The Hon. John Brumby AO, said the survey is an insightful way of finding out about how our communities are doing. “We know that the goldfield’s communities are strong communities, but we also know that many have faced unprecedented challenges due to the impacts of COVID-19. Tourism plays a critical role in supporting this region’s local economies. Governments at all levels have recognised that we need to invest and invest quickly to help the visitor economy recover.”

Co-patron for the World Heritage bid, The Hon. Denis Napthine AO, said it’s important that as many local people as possible take the survey to make sure investment priorities for the World Heritage bid target the areas of greatest need. “In deploying the Happiness Index Survey, decision makers will have the data needed to understand where investment in tourism can have the biggest impact on the community’s quality of life. This is great opportunity for regional Victorian communities to lead the way”.

Acting CEO of Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mr John Nevins encouraged residents of the Macedon Ranges to complete the Happiness Index survey.

“The Macedon Ranges is an exceptional place to live, work and visit and we want you to tell us exactly what it is you like in the Happiness Index Survey. Sharing your experiences in support of the Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage bid will help us make our region the best it can be,” said Mr Nevins.

“Planet Happiness is pleased to be supporting the Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage bid, by partnering to deploy what is perhaps the best, most progressive, adaptable and easy to use Happiness Index survey on the planet,” said Laura Musikanski, author, lawyer and co-founder of Planet Happiness, a project of the Happiness Alliance, a non-profit organisation with ten years’ experience in happiness and well-being measurements.

Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), said, “The National Trust is thrilled to support the Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage bid, and the Happiness Index survey. This important and innovative work puts Goldfields communities at the heart of the movement to recognise and celebrate the heritage of this internationally significant region."

Community members are being asked to help make their community the best it can be by taking the survey online. Survey takers can access their personal happiness scorecard and see how they compare to others. The survey is open until 20 April 2021 and will be open for one month. It is available in over twenty languages and it takes most people around 12-14 minutes to complete.

The Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage bid Local Government partners are: Ararat Rural City, Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Bendigo, Golden Plains Shire, Hepburn Shire, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Moorabool Shire, Mount Alexander Shire, Northern Grampians Shire and Pyrenees Shire Councils.