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COOBER PEDY
                   STATE OF THE TOWN REPORT

AUGUST 2020
Version: Draft 7
COOBER PEDY STATE OF THE TOWN REPORT - District Council of ...
CONTENTS
FOREWORD .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1
SUMMARY OF INDICATORS .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
ECONOMIC INDICATORS ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4
SOCIAL INDICATORS .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5
STATE OF THE TOWN INDICATORS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
ECONOMIC INDICATORS ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
  SEIFA INDEX .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
  GROSS REGIONAL PRODUCT (GRP) PER CAPITA AND PER WORKER .................................................................................................................................................................... 9
  POPULATION ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
        Population Trend ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 10
        Population by Gender and Ethnicity ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
        Population by Age Range ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 13
    LABOUR FORCE ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 14
    EMPLOYMENT .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 15
    UNEMPLOYMENT ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
    PROPERTY ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
    MEDIAN WEEKLY INCOME.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 21
    EDUCATION ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 22
        School Staff ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 22
        Enrolments ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 23
        Attendance (2019) ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
        VET in Schools (by Year) ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 27
        Year 12 Results ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 28
        Proportion of children who received early childhood development .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 29
ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 30
  WATER SECURITY ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 30
        Potable water use per capita ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 30
        Proportion of water re-use ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 30
    WASTE MANAGEMENT ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31
        Residential waste per capita....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31
        Proportion of residential waste re-use ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31
    RENEWABLE ENERGY ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 32
        Proportion of electricity generated from solar and wind generation ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 32
SOCIAL INDICATORS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 35
  SOCIAL VITALITY ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 35
       Proportion of people who regularly volunteer ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 35
    HOUSING ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 36
    NUMBER OF UNLAWFUL OFFENCES................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 38
       Unlawful Offences – Coober Pedy (2010-2019) by Offence ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 39
    NUMBER OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENCES ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 41
    HEALTH ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 42
       Local Health Services .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 42
       Admissions to Hospital ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 44
       Chronic Conditions ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 45
       Health Risk Factors ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 46
       Access to Health Services ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 47

REFERENCES................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 48
FOREWORD
On Monday 15 April 2019 a Town Meeting was held at which the Administrator of the District Council of Coober Pedy, Tim Jackson, proposed that a
community plan be developed to identify ways for the town to move forward. At this meeting three areas requiring action, and key to the future of Coober
Pedy, were identified. These were economic development, the environment and the social aspects of the community. On the basis of these three areas of
community action, three attendant working groups were established.

An Interim Steering Group was then formed to oversee the establishment and outcomes of the three working groups, and to enable cross-pollenisation of the
ideas generated through each group and to maximise opportunities for the groups to work together on issues of joint concern. A “Meet & Greet” event was
held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at which “leads” were nominated for each working group. This was followed by a workshop on 14 July 2019 to identify
what the working groups would be doing.

Following the workshop, the “Interim” Steering Group was replaced with a “Permanent” Steering Committee consisting of the Chair, the Lead of each working
group and one other member of each working group and the District Council of Coober Pedy’s Chief Executive Officer. The Working Groups then identified a
Utopian Vision, a 10-Year Vision and a series of 10-Year Projects for each group.

This document details the measurements or “indicators” that will be used to track the progress the various projects are having on the town. It provides
benchmark data detailing the current “state of the town” from which all outcomes will be measured.

This document links to the Coober Pedy Town Plan for 2030 (CP30) document which gives full details of all the projects identified by the three working
groups.

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SUMMARY OF INDICATORS
The following tables summarise the main areas that Coober Pedy need assistance with.

Key:

RED             Poorly performing area
ORANGE          Medium performing area
GREEN           High performing area

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS

 Indicator                               Coober Pedy                              South Australia                      Australia
 SEIFA Index                                  879 (Coober Pedy =   4th
                                                                    lowest in                            979 (2016)                          1000 (2016)
                                                      South Australia) (2016)
 Gross Regional Product (GRP) per                              $0.057 (2019)                          $0.065 (2019)
 Capita
 Gross Regional Product (GRP) per                               $0.148 (2019)                         $0.147 (2019)
 Worker
 Population                                                        1,837 (2017)                   1,723,671 (2017)                     24.6 million (2017)
 Population Trend                                                   Decreasing                            Increasing                            Increasing
 Population by Gender and Ethnicity                         Male 54.6% (2016)                    Male 49.3% (2016)                     Male 49.3% (2016
                                                         Female 45.4% (2016)                   Female 50.7% (2016)                  Female 50.7% (2016)
                                                       Aboriginal 17.1% (2016)                 Aboriginal 2% (2016)                Aboriginal 2.8% (2016)
 Labour Force                                                        Increasing
 Employment                                              37% employed (2017)
 Unemployment (average)                                                  11.4%                                 6.3%                                 5.5%
 Rateable Value                                                      Increasing
 Median Property Price                                                 $71,417                           $641,813
 Demand Market                                                     Low demand            Average demand (Adelaide)
 Median Weekly Income (Personal)                                           $497                              $600                                   $662
 School Staff                                                       Decreasing
 Enrolments                                                         Decreasing
 Attendance                                     Decreasing (Coober Pedy = 3rd
                                                     lowest in South Australia)
 Proportion of students attending                                   Decreasing
 90% or more of the time
 VET in Schools – Enrolments                                        Increasing
 VET in Schools – Qualifications                                   Decreasing
 Completed
 Year 12 Results – Senior secondary                                Decreasing
 certificate awarded
 Year 12 Results – Completed senior                                Decreasing
 secondary school
 Proportion of children who received                              3.7% (2016)                           4.2% (2016)                          4.8% (2016)
 early childhood development

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ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS

 Indicator                               Coober Pedy                        South Australia                 Australia
 Potable water use per capita            9805 litres per household (2019)   190.49 litres per person        100,000 litres of freshwater per
                                                                                                            person each year
 Proportion of water re-use              100% (2019)                        One in every 3 litres (2019)    20% (2012)
 Residential waste per capita            799 tonnes from domestic pickup    3.3 million tonnes per capita
                                         (2019)
 Proportion of residential waste re-     0% (2019)                          83.6%
 use
 Proportion of electricity generated     73% (2019)                         51% (2018)                      19% (2018)
 from solar and wind

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SOCIAL INDICATORS

 Indicator                               Coober Pedy                       South Australia       Australia
 Proportion of people who regularly      53.2% (2016)                      71.0% (2016)          69.0% (2016)
 volunteer
 Breakdown of housing market             Owned: 51.9%
                                         Rented: 41.1%
                                         Unknown: 7%
 Breakdown of rental market              Private Landlords: 86.7%
                                         Housing authority: 10.2%
                                         Charity: 3.1%
 Median property prices                  Buy: $75,000                      Buy: $634,000
                                         Rent: $175 per week               Rent: $450 per week
 Unlawful offences                       Decreasing
 Number of domestic violence             Highest rate in South Australia
 offences
 Local health services
 Admissions to hospital
 Chronic conditions
 Health risk factors
 Access to health services

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STATE OF THE TOWN INDICATORS

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS
SEIFA INDEX

 About this indicator                                                                Why is this indicator important?
 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed by the              A score of 1000 or above represents an average level of socio-economic
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that ranks areas in Australia according to    advantage and disadvantage. Scores below 1000 represent high levels of
 relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The indexes are based on        disadvantage and scores above 1000 represent low levels of disadvantage.
 information from the five-yearly Census. SEIFA 2016 is the latest version of this   Coober Pedy’s score of 879 is the fourth lowest in South Australia and
 product and consists of four indexes: The Index of Relative Socio-economic          shows the town is experiencing a lower than average level of socio-
 Disadvantage (IRSD); The Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and             economic disadvantage.
 Disadvantage (IRSAD); The Index of Education and Occupation (IEO); The Index
 of Economic Resources (IER). Each index is a summary of a different subset of
 Census variables and focuses on a different aspect of socio-economic advantage
 and disadvantage.

Figure 1: Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (Local Government Areas in South Australia, 2016)

              2016 Local Government Area                2016 Index                                 2016 Local Government Area              2016 Index
              Burnside                                        1,081                                Cleve                                         1,007
              Adelaide Hills                                  1,080                                Wudinna                                       1,004
              Walkerville                                     1,072                                West Torrens                                  1,002
              Mitcham                                         1,068                                Clare and Gilbert Valleys                     1,001
              Unley                                           1,066                                Marion                                        1,001
              Prospect                                        1,046                                Streaky Bay                                     999
              Holdfast Bay                                    1,043                                Orroroo/Carrieton                               991
              Roxby Downs                                     1,042                                Southern Mallee                                 990
              Mount Barker                                    1,033                                Tatiara                                         989
              Tea Tree Gully                                  1,031                                Onkaparinga                                     987
              Norwood Payneham St Peters                      1,029                                Alexandrina                                     986
              Kimba                                           1,027                                Charles Sturt                                   985
              Light                                           1,025                                Northern Areas                                  981
              Lower Eyre Peninsula                            1,019                                Tumby Bay                                       980
              Grant                                           1,018                                Elliston                                        980
              City of Adelaide                                1,014                                Mallala                                         979
              Adelaide                                        1,014                                Mount Remarkable                                978
              Campbelltown                                    1,012                                Naracoorte and Lucindale                        974
              Barossa                                         1,012                                Yankalilla                                      974
              Robe                                            1,011                                Kingston                                        973

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2016 Local Government Area                     2016 Index                                2016 Local Government Area   2016 Index
              Kangaroo Island                                       970                                Mount Gambier                       925
              Franklin Harbour                                      969                                Mid Murray                          923
              Victor Harbor                                         958                                Copper Coast                        919
              Ceduna                                                957                                Renmark Paringa                     917
              Gawler                                                955                                Salisbury                           917
              Karoonda East Murray                                  953                                Berri and Barmera                   910
              Yorke Peninsula                                       952                                Unincorporated SA                   900
              Port Lincoln                                          952                                Murray Bridge                       894
              Loxton Waikerie                                       951                                Port Augusta                        889
              Goyder                                                946                                Port Pirie City and Dists           886
              Barunga West                                          945                                Whyalla                             882
              Wattle Range                                          940                                Coober Pedy                         879
              Port Adelaide Enfield                                 936                                Playford                            855
              Flinders Ranges                                       935                                Peterborough                        792
              Wakefield                                             933                                Anangu Pitjantjatjara               589
              The Coorong                                           933
             Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2016)

Figure2: Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (2016)

                                                  Coober Pedy                                                              879
                                                  South Australia                                                          979
                                                  Australia                                                               1000
                                               Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2016)

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GROSS REGIONAL PRODUCT (GRP) PER CAPITA AND PER WORKER

 About this indicator                                                                                 Why is this indicator important?
 The Gross Regional Product for Coober Pedy (DC) was calculated using the                             Coober Pedy’s GRP per capita has remained constant between 2018 and 2019
 Income Method.                                                                                       at $0.056/$0.057.
 GRP can be measured by adding up all incomes:
 •   earned by individuals (wages and salaries)
 •   earned by firms (gross operating surplus or profits)
 •   collected by governments (taxes on products or services)

 All values adjusted for 2018 and 2019 prices.

           Figure 3: Gross Regional/State Product Per Capita and Per Worker – Coober Pedy and South Australia (2018 and 2019)
                                                                                  2018                                                             2019
                                                                     Coober Pedy     South Australia                        Coober Pedy               South Australia
             GRP Income Method                                          ($M)              ($M)                                 ($M)                        ($M)
             Wages Salaries                                               $44.844        $51,707.749                              $45.558                  $52,531.412
             Gross Operating Surplus                                      $42.329        $43,182.508                              $43.003                  $43,870.371
             Net Taxes - Products Services                                 $8.946         $8,717.440                               $9.089                    $8,856.302
             Net Taxes - Production                                        $3.069         $3,781.303                               $3.118                    $3,841.537
             Gross Regional / State Product                               $99.188       $107,389.000                             $100.768                 $109,099.621
             Population                                                      1,766          1,673,794                               1,766                     1,673,794
             Per Capita GRP / GSP                                          $0.056              $0.064                              $0.057                        $0.065
             Per Worker GRP / GSP                                          $0.146              $0.145                              $0.148                        $0.147
           Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2020)(All figures, data and commentary presented in this report are based on data sourced from the Australia Bureau of Statistics
           (ABS), most of which relates to the 2016, 2011, 2006 and 2001 Censuses.)

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POPULATION

Population Trend

  About this indicator                                                                          Why is this indicator important?
  Between 1995 and 2011 Coober Pedy saw a steady decline in its population.                     In order for Council to collect sufficient rates to remain financially viable,
  Since 2012 there has been a modest rise but this is still 31% less than its peak              population levels must be maintained at current levels. For the town to maintain
  value of 2669 in 1995.                                                                        community services (like schools and healthcare) and to prosper, population
                                                                                                levels must increase.
  This is similar to Outback South Australia’s population trends but does not reflect
  South Australia’s gradual and continuing increase.

Figure 4: Population Trend (Coober Pedy)

                                                                   Population Trend - Coober Pedy
                 3000            2520         2669   2650       2529
                        2313                                               2414
                 2500                                                                   2220
                                                                                                      2040    1928        1799       1760       1811        1822       1837
    Population

                 2000
                 1500
                 1000
                 500
                   0
                        1991     1993         1995   1997       1999       2001         2003          2005    2007        2009       2011       2013        2015       2017
                                                                                               Year

Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, n.d.)

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Figure 5: Population Trend (Outback South Australia)

                                                                        Population Trend - Outback SA
                             91001
                 92000
                                       89735
                 90000
                                                 87757
                                                                                                                                       86850     86911
    Population

                 88000                                      86143     86118                                                  86026                         86499
                                                                                85376                              84892                                               85132
                 86000                                                                    84481          83934
                 84000
                 82000
                 80000
                             1991      1993       1995      1997      1999      2001      2003           2005      2007      2009       2011      2013      2015       2017
                                                                                                  Year

Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, n.d.)

Figure 6: Population Trend (South Australia)

                                                                      Population Trend - South Australia
                 2000000                                                                                                               1639614   1671488   1700668    1723671
                                                                                          1520399        1538804   1570619   1608902
                             1446299   1458632    1465340   1475658   1490934   1503461
                 1500000
    Population

                 1000000

                 500000

                         0
                               1991      1993      1995       1997     1999      2001      2003           2005      2007      2009      2011      2013      2015       2017
                                                                                                   Year

Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, n.d.)

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Population by Gender and Ethnicity

  About this indicator                                                                      Why is this indicator important?
  Coober Pedy’s population is made up of slightly more men (55%) than women                 Aboriginals make up a significant proportion of the resident population.
  (45%). This is on a par with South Australia and Australia. However, of these             Transient visitors from the APY Lands can increase population numbers and put
  17% are Aboriginal, compared to 2% for South Australia.                                   pressure on local services. Therefore, consideration needs to be given to these
                                                                                            factors when planning for future housing and service provision.

Figure 7: Population by Gender and Ethnicity – Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia (2016)

                                  Population by Gender and Ethnicity - Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia (2016)
              60           54.6
                                                                             49.3         50.7                                     49.3        50.7
              50                         45.4

              40
    Percent

              30

              20                                   17.1

              10                                                                                                                                           2.8
                                                                                                        2
              0
                                     Coober Pedy                                    South Australia                                          Australia

                                                          Male    Female      Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016)

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Population by Age Range

  About this indicator                                                                      Why is this indicator important?
  Coober Pedy’s main population age groups are:                                             Lower numbers of children mean there will be a limited local workforce in the
    Working age (15-64 years): 59.7% - this is similar to the state (64.2%) and            future and put the future of the Coober Pedy Area School at risk. A high elderly
     national (65.6%) figures.                                                              population will put pressure on healthcare services. These factors need to be
    Over 65 years: 22.2% - this is somewhat higher than state (18.3%) and                  considered when planning future service provisions.
     national (15.7%) figures.
    Children between 0 and 14 years: 15.5% - this is lower than state (17.5%)
     and national (18.7%) figures.

Figure 8: Population by Age Range – Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia (2016)

                                         Population by Age Range - Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia (2016)
              70
              60
              50
    Percent

              40
              30
              20
              10
              0
                   0-4 years           5-9 years   10-14 years      15-64 years       65-69 years       70-74 years       75-79 years       80-84 years     85 years and over

                                                                   Coober Pedy     South Australia    Australia

Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016)

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LABOUR FORCE

  About this indicator                                                                                                                                                                          Why is this indicator important?
  Out of a total population of 1837 in 2017, only 842 (45.7%) were of working age.                                                                                                              With only 40% of the population contributing to the work force and earning
  Out of this potential labour force, 104 were recorded as unemployed in 2017 (see                                                                                                              incomes, this means (a) there is a limited work force available to employers,
  Unemployment), leaving a total work force of 738 (40% of the population).                                                                                                                     and (b) there is low financial vitality in the town.

Figure 9: Labour Force – Coober Pedy (2010 – 2019)

                                                                                                        Labour Force - Coober Pedy (2010 - 2019)
                      920
                      900                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   895 892
                                                                                                                                                                                                                891
                                                                                                                                                                                                       884               884
   Number of People

                      880                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          881                        881 882
                                                                                                   866 862                                                                                    866                                                                                                                                                               868
                      860                                                                  857 861                                                                                                                                                                                                        860
                                                                                                                               850                                          849 852                                               851                                 848
                      840                                                         841                                                   837              839                                                                                                 841               840 842 839
                                                                         827                                                                     830 836                                                                                   832 829
                      820                     816 816 819
                            809 807
                      800
                      780
                      760
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EMPLOYMENT

  About this indicator                                                                    Why is this indicator important?
  Using Coober Pedy’s total population of 1837 in 2017, only 681 (37%) of                 Service Sector, Tourism and Mining jobs require skilled employees with relevant
  residents were employed in 2018.                                                        qualifications and experience. Often these people cannot be sourced locally
  Its main industries are:                                                                (see Proportion of students who successfully completed year 12) and have to
  1. Service Sector (Health Care & Social Assistance, Public Administration &             be sourced from out of town. In order to retain such employees, Coober Pedy
       Safety, Education & Training and Administrative and Support Services) = 312        needs to be able to offer a comparable standard of living to that which people
       jobs (45%);                                                                        would expect in major towns and cities. Alternatively, it needs to ensure
  2. Tourism (Accommodation & Food Services plus Retail Trade) = 201 jobs                 relevant training is provided locally.
       (29.5%);                                                                           There is also an opportunity to develop a new industry based around
  3. Mining = 63 jobs (9.25%).                                                            sustainable practices.

Figure 10: Number of Jobs by Industry Sector – Coober Pedy (2018)

                                                   Number of Jobs by Industry Sector - Coober Pedy (2018)
                    140   131
                                118
                    120
   Number of Jobs

                    100                 90
                                                 83
                                                           73
                    80                                          63
                                                                     53
                    60
                    40
                                                                            18       14
                    20                                                                      10      10      7       4       4       3       0       0       0         0
                     0

                                                                                      Industry Sector

Source: (Regional Development Australia Far North, 2018)

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UNEMPLOYMENT

  About this indicator                                                                                                                                                                               Why is this indicator important?
  The average number of unemployed people in Coober Pedy between 2010 and                                                                                                                            As can be seen by the labour force figures, Coober Pedy has a limited labour
  2019 is 97, representing an average rate of 11.4%. This is considerably higher                                                                                                                     force. Getting local people out of unemployment and into the work force would
  than South Australia’s average rate of 6.3% and Australia’s average rate of 5.5%                                                                                                                   increase the number of local residents available for work. However, ensuring
  for the same period.                                                                                                                                                                               these people have the appropriate skills and qualifications is another issue that
                                                                                                                                                                                                     needs to be addressed.

Figure 11: Unemployment – Coober Pedy (2010 – 2019)

                                                                                                           Unemployment - Coober Pedy (2010 - 2019)
                                                                                                                                                        131
   Number of Unemployed

                                                                                                                                                                 120 117                                                                                                                                                                                      118
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                                                                                                           102 100           107               108
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  108 106                    106 104 109                                                             109
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                                   89                94                                           94                                                                               92             89
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Source: (Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019)

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Figure 12: Unemployment Rates – Coober Pedy, South Australia and Australia (2010 – 2019)

                                                           Unemployment Rates - Coober Pedy vs South Australia vs Australia (2010 - 2019)
                18.0
                16.0
                14.0
   Percentage

                12.0
                10.0
                 8.0
                 6.0
                 4.0
                 2.0
                 0.0
                                         Jun-11

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                                                                                                                                   Coober Pedy                                  South Australia                                Australia

Source: (Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019)

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PROPERTY

  About these indicators                                                                       Why are these indicators important?
  The rateable value represents the total rates raised on all properties in Coober             If the rateable value continues to fall, it will have an impact on Council revenue
  Pedy. Although this is an upward trend, this represents a rise in rates rather than          and may also indicate a fall in demand for home ownership. Although low
  a rise in the number of properties. This shows there is little construction (either          property prices may attract buyers, the Low Demand Market may make it
  residential or commercial) reflecting the declining population rate and demand for           difficult to sell properties at a profit, thereby discouraging sales and investment
  properties. This may also indicate an increase in demand for rental properties.              in the town.

Figure 13: Rateable Value – Coober Pedy (2009 – 2019)

                                                        Rateable Value - Coober Pedy (2009 - 2019)
                                                                                                                                                    $1,481,052      $1,518,163
             $1,600,000                                                                                                             $1,404,771
                                                                                                        $1,333,966   $1,348,818
             $1,400,000                                             $1,215,783
                                                                                    $1,269,302
                                                     $1,161,277
             $1,200,000   $1,017,068    $1,054,090
             $1,000,000
    Amount

              $800,000
              $600,000
              $400,000
              $200,000
                    $0
                            2009            2010        2011           2012             2013              2014         2015            2016            2017            2018
                                                                                                 Year

Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020)

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Figure 14: Median Property Price – Coober Pedy vs Adelaide

                                                 Median Property Price - Coober Pedy (2019 - 2020)
           120000
                                                                                                              97500    95000    95000    95000
           100000
                                                                                                     80000
             80000
                                                          65000
                        55000        55000    55000                    55000     54500     55000
             60000

             40000

             20000

                  0
                        Sep-19       Oct-19   Nov-19      Dec-19       Jan-20    Feb-20    Mar-20    Apr-20   May-20   Jun-20   Jul-20   Aug-20

                                                                   Average Price (Coober Pedy): $71,417

                                                       Median Property Price - Adelaide (2019 - 2020)
           720000                                                                                                               700000   700000
           700000                                                                                                      680000
           680000
                                                                                                     655000
           660000
                                                                                          630750              635000
           640000
                        615000      615000    619000      616500      619000    616500
           620000
           600000
           580000
           560000
           540000
                        Sep-19       Oct-19   Nov-19      Dec-19       Jan-20    Feb-20    Mar-20    Apr-20   May-20   Jun-20   Jul-20   Aug-20

                                                                    Average Price (Adelaide): $ 641,813
        Source: (realestate.com, 2020)

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Figure 15: Supply and Demand in Coober Pedy vs Adelaide

Source: (realestate.com, 2020)

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MEDIAN WEEKLY INCOME

  About this indicator                                                          Why is this indicator important?
  Median weekly incomes in Coober Pedy are 17% lower than South Australia and   Lower pay rates are a disincentive to new people coming to live in Coober
  25% lower than Australia in general.                                          Pedy.

Figure 16
 Median weekly incomes                            Coober Pedy    %              South Australia     %                    Australia             %
 People aged 15 years and over
 Personal                                         497            --             600                 --                   662                   --
 Family                                           1,329          --             1,510               --                   1,734                 --
 Household                                        844            --             1,206               --                   1,438                 --
Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016)

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EDUCATION

 About this indicator                                                                               Why is this indicator important?
 Enrolments at Coober Pedy Area School are falling as are staff numbers. The                        Very few students are participating in local education and those that are not
 proportion of male to female enrolments is about equal and there has been a rise                   achieving qualifications. Consequently, local children have little to offer local
 in the number of Aboriginal students. However, Coober Pedy has the third worst                     employers who are having to look out of town for suitable staff.
 attendance levels of combined primary/secondary schools in the State with
 Aboriginal students attending least.
 Although enrolments in the VET in Schools Program have increased, the number
 of students gaining a qualification has fallen.
 Likewise, the number of students completing Year 12 and/or gaining a Senior
 Secondary Certificate is falling.
 Pre-school enrolments are very low at 21 children.

School Staff

        Figure 17: Coober Pedy Area School – School Staff by Year

                                                         Coober Pedy Area School - School Staff by Year
          40
                   35 34.6
          35
                                              29 28.2                    28                                                                                           28
          30                                                                  26.2                    27 26.2
                                                                                                                                25 24.1 25
          25                 22                                                                                                                             23 22          22.4
                                                        20                           20                                                      19.4
          20                                                                                                    18
                                  16.5                       15.7                         15.3                       14.6
          15
          10
           5
           0
                         2014                       2015                       2016                        2017                       2018                        2019

                           Teaching Staff           FTE Teaching Staff               Non-teaching Staff           FTE Non-teaching Staff            Linear (Teaching Staff)

        Source: (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2019)

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Enrolments

Figure 18: Enrolments, Coober Pedy Area School

                        Coober Pedy Area School - Enrolments by Year                                                Coober Pedy Area School - Enrolments by Year
                  300          273
                                                                                           248
                                                                                                                                     (Gender)
                                        242            230            237
                  250                                                             215                          200
     Enrolments

                  200
                                                                                                               150

                                                                                                  Enrolments
                  150
                                                                                                               100
                  100
                       50                                                                                          50

                       0                                                                                           0
                              2014     2015            2016          2017         2018     2019                           2014       2015        2016            2017      2018      2019
                                                              Year                                                                                       Year

                                               Total            Linear (Total)                                                                  Boys     Girls

                             Coober Pedy Area School - Enrolments by Year                                                Coober Pedy Area School - Enrolments by Year
                                            (Indigenous)                                                                   (Language background other than English)
                       60%                                                               53%                       65%
                                        45%            45%           48%         47%                                                   60%        60%                      60%

                                                                                                      Enrolments
                       50%      42%                                                                                60%                                           57%                58%
          Enrolments

                       40%                                                                                                 53%
                                                                                                                   55%
                       30%
                                                                                                                   50%
                       20%
                       10%                                                                                         45%
                        0%                                                                                                 2014       2015        2016           2017      2018     2019
                               2014     2015           2016          2017        2018    2019                                                            Year
                                                              Year
                                                                                                                                  Language background other than English
                                       Indigenous               Linear (Indigenous)                                               Linear (Language background other than English)

Source: (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2019)

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Attendance (2019)

Figure 19: Attendance, Coober Pedy Area School 2019

                Coober Pedy Area School - Attendance                                                               Coober Pedy Area School - Proportion of
    100%                                                                                                         students attending 90% or more of the time
     80%                                                                                            60%                            52%
                                                                                                                                                  48%            48%
                                                                                                                                                                                               40%
     60%                                                                                            40%                     34%
                                                                                                                                            30%          29%
                                                                                                                                                                         25%           22%
     40%
                                                                                                    20%                         12%                        9%
                                                                                                                                                4%                                        5%
     20%
                                                                                                      0%
       0%                                                                                                       2014           2015            2016       2017              2018         2019
                2014         2015        2016          2017         2018         2019
                                                                                                                           All students                        Indigenous students
              All students       Indigenous students          Non-indigenous students
                                                                                                                           Non-indigenous students             Linear (All students)

Source: (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2019)

Figure 20: Attendance Rate of all Primary/Secondary Combined Schools in South Australia (Semester 1 – 2019)
                                                      Attendance Rate of all Primary/Secondary Combined Schools in South Australia (Semester 1 – 2019)
            School_Number    School_Name                                               Type_of_School                            Suburb                        Postcode      Semester_1_2019
                      907    Plympton International College                            Primary/Secondary Combined                Plympton                            5038           95.02097
                      735    Cowell Area School                                        Primary/Secondary Combined                Cowell                              5602           94.90446
                      757    Keith Area School                                         Primary/Secondary Combined                Keith                               5267           93.06651
                      781    Minlaton District School                                  Primary/Secondary Combined                Minlaton                            5575           93.05823
                      756    Karoonda Area School                                      Primary/Secondary Combined                Karoonda                            5307           93.04892
                      754    Cummins Area School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Cummins                             5631           92.58259
                      771    Booleroo Centre District School                           Primary/Secondary Combined                Booleroo Centre                     5482           92.45435
                      793    Quorn Area School                                         Primary/Secondary Combined                Quorn                               5433           92.34642
                      729    Coomandook Area School                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Coomandook                          5261            92.2626
                      777    Jamestown Community School                                Primary/Secondary Combined                Jamestown                           5491           92.23439
                      765    Wudinna Area School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Wudinna                             5652           92.07906
                      736    Kimba Area School                                         Primary/Secondary Combined                Kimba                               5641           92.06514
                      759    Lameroo Regional Community School                         Primary/Secondary Combined                Lameroo                             5302           92.02399
                      740    Orroroo Area School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Orroroo                             5431           91.88697
                      741    Port Broughton Area School                                Primary/Secondary Combined                Port Broughton                      5522            91.8576

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Attendance Rate of all Primary/Secondary Combined Schools in South Australia (Semester 1 – 2019)
         School_Number   School_Name                                              Type_of_School                            Suburb                  Postcode     Semester_1_2019
                   749   Lucindale Area School                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Lucindale                     5272          91.62251
                   128   Elliston Area School                                     Primary/Secondary Combined                Elliston                      5670          91.18337
                  1123   Karcultaby Area School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Karcultaby                    5654          91.02388
                   423   Swan Reach Area School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Swan Reach                    5354          90.85561
                  1430   The Heights School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Modbury Heights               5092          90.69017
                  1028   Charles Campbell College                                 Primary/Secondary Combined                Paradise                      5075          90.67401
                   957   Kangaroo Inn Area School                                 Primary/Secondary Combined                Kangaroo Inn                  5280          90.65842
                   737   Kingston Community School                                Primary/Secondary Combined                Kingston SE                   5275          90.47271
                   753   Cleve Area School                                        Primary/Secondary Combined                Cleve                         5640          90.44125
                   438   Tintinara Area School                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Tintinara                     5266          90.30367
                   732   Ardrossan Area School                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Ardrossan                     5571          90.26378
                  1882   Kangaroo Island Community Education                      Primary/Secondary Combined                Kingscote                     5223          90.24938
                  1907   Reynella East College                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Reynella East                 5161          90.05998
                  1121   Miltaburra Area School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Wirrulla                      5661          89.98034
                   766   Yankalilla Area School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Yankalilla                    5203          89.92214
                  1432   Burra Community School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Burra                         5417          89.67136
                   640   Hallett Cove School                                      Primary/Secondary Combined                Hallett Cove                  5158          89.59874
                   755   Eudunda Area School                                      Primary/Secondary Combined                Eudunda                       5374          89.56314
                  1170   Mannum Community College                                 Primary/Secondary Combined                Mannum                        5238          89.52404
                   773   Clare High School                                        Primary/Secondary Combined                Clare                         5453          89.48534
                   762   Oakbank Area School                                      Primary/Secondary Combined                Oakbank                       5243          89.28201
                   743   Tumby Bay Area School                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Tumby Bay                     5605          89.24483
                   289   Mount Compass Area School                                Primary/Secondary Combined                Mount Compass                 5210          89.14008
                   778   Kadina Memorial School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Kadina                        5554          89.03027
                   751   Allendale East Area School                               Primary/Secondary Combined                Allendale East                5291          89.02077
                  1884   Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School                             Primary/Secondary Combined                Strathalbyn                   5255          88.62906
                  1817   Roxby Downs Area School                                  Primary/Secondary Combined                Roxby Downs                   5725           88.2809
                   745   Streaky Bay Area School                                  Primary/Secondary Combined                Streaky Bay                   5680          88.27337
                  1099   Paralowie School                                         Primary/Secondary Combined                Paralowie                     5108          87.19052
                   908   Ocean View P-12 College                                  Primary/Secondary Combined                Taperoo                       5017          87.09621
                   767   Yorketown Area School                                    Primary/Secondary Combined                Yorketown                     5576          86.81354
                   761   Central Yorke School                                     Primary/Secondary Combined                Maitland                      5573          86.74198
                   230   Lock Area School                                         Primary/Secondary Combined                Lock                          5633          86.72541
                   175   Hawker Area School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Hawker                        5434          86.58749
                   750   Meningie Area School                                     Primary/Secondary Combined                Meningie                      5264          85.87077
                  1488   Moonta Area School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Moonta                        5558          85.58695
                   906   Avenues College                                          Primary/Secondary Combined                Windsor Gardens               5087          85.47152

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Attendance Rate of all Primary/Secondary Combined Schools in South Australia (Semester 1 – 2019)
         School_Number School_Name                                                Type_of_School                            Suburb                  Postcode     Semester_1_2019
                    641 Seaford Secondary College                                 Primary/Secondary Combined                Seaford                       5169          85.27854
                    734 Ceduna Area School                                        Primary/Secondary Combined                Ceduna                        5690          84.92932
                   1900 Mark Oliphant College (B-12)                              Primary/Secondary Combined                Munno Para                    5115          84.81686
                    746 Woomera Area School                                       Primary/Secondary Combined                Woomera                       5720          84.23567
                    774 Gawler and District College B-12                          Primary/Secondary Combined                Evanston                      5116          84.18323
                    748 Leigh Creek Area School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Leigh Creek                   5731          77.89848
                    920 Coober Pedy Area School                                   Primary/Secondary Combined                Coober Pedy                   5723          67.15769
                   1418 Bowden Brompton Community School                          Primary/Secondary Combined                Brompton                      5007          53.08607
                   1794 Mintabie Area School                                      Primary/Secondary Combined                Mintabie                      5724
        Source: (Data SA, 2019)

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VET in Schools (by Year)

Figure 21: VET Enrolments and Qualifications Completed in Coober Pedy Area School
                                        2014                             2015                            2016                                                        2017                            2018                            2019
                           Enrolments     Qualifications    Enrolments     Qualifications   Enrolments     Qualifications                   Enrolments                 Qualifications   Enrolments     Qualifications   Enrolments     Qualifications
                                            Completed                       Completed                       Completed                                                   Completed                        Completed                       Completed
 Architecture
 and Building                     1             0                                               7                6                                          6                0              6                0          No data available
 Society and
 Culture                                                        3                1                               1                                          2                0              3                0          No data available
 Mixed Field
 Programs                                                       1                                                                                                                                                       No data available
 Food,
 Hospitality and
 Personal
 Services                                                                                       4                1                                                                                                      No data available
 Engineering
 and Related
 Technologies                                                                                                                                               1                0                                          No data available
 Management
 and Commerce                                                                                                                                                                              1                 0          No data available
 TOTALS                           1             0               4                1             11                8                                          9                0             10                0

                      Coober Pedy Area School: VET in Schools (by                                                                                           Coober Pedy Area School: VET in Schools (by
                                  Year) - Enrolments                                                                                                             Year) - Qualifications Completed
                      16                                                                                                                               10

                                                                                                                            Qualifications Completed
                      14                                                                                                                                                                        8
                                                      11                                                                                               8
                      12                                                             10
         Enrolments

                      10                                             9
                                                                                                                                                       6
                       8
                       6                                                                                                                               4
                                          4
                       4
                            1                                                                                                                          2                          1
                       2                                                                                                                                         0                                               0            0
                       0                                                                                                                               0
                           2014         2015         2016           2017          2018        2019                                                              2014             2015        2016            2017          2018 2019
                                                               Year                                                                                                                                   Year

Source: (Australian Cirriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2020)

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Year 12 Results

Figure 22: Percentage of students who successfully completed year 12 in Coober Pedy Area School 2018
 Coober Pedy Area School                  2014              2015             2016             2017                                                      2018            2019
                                            4                 2                 4               3                                                         3            No data
 Senior secondary certificate awarded                                                                                                                                  available
 Completed senior secondary school                                10                 4                             8                 5                      3          No data
                                                                                                                                                                       available

                                Coober Pedy Area School - Senior                                                   Coober Pedy Area School - Completed Senior
                                 Secondary Certificte Awarded                                                                  Secondary School
                          5                                                                                   12
                               4              4                                                                        10
     Number of Students

                                                                                         Number of Students
                          4                                                                                   10
                                                                                                                                          8
                                                            3           3                                     8
                          3
                                      2                                                                       6                                         5
                          2                                                                                                    4
                                                                                                              4                                                  3
                          1                                                                                   2
                          0                                                                                   0
                              2014   2015    2016          2017        2018   2019                                     2014   2015       2016          2017     2018    2019
                                                    Year                                                                                        Year

Source: (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2020)

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Proportion of children who received early childhood development

Figure 23: Proportion of children who received early childhood development in Coober Pedy 2016
Education                                                   Coober Pedy           %     South Australia      %    Australia         %
Preschool                                                             21         3.7              20,292    4.2    347,621         4.8
Primary - Government                                                 102        18.0              94,526   19.5   1,314,787       18.2
Primary - Catholic                                                     0         0.0              26,196    5.4    380,604         5.3
Primary - other non Government                                         8         1.4              22,589    4.7    231,490         3.2
Secondary - Government                                                44         7.8              52,721   10.9    827,505        11.5
Secondary - Catholic                                                   0         0.0              19,484    4.0    338,384         4.7
Secondary - other non Government                                       0         0.0              21,053    4.3    280,618         3.9
Technical or further education institution                            34         6.0              31,394    6.5    424,869         5.9
University or tertiary institution                                    20         3.5              78,780   16.2   1,160,626       16.1
Other                                                                 14         2.5              11,501    2.4    198,383         2.8
Not stated                                                           323        57.1             106,438   21.9   1,707,023       23.7
Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016)

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ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS
WATER SECURITY

 About this indicator                                                                             Why is this indicator important?
 Coober Pedy lies in the heart of South Australia’s arid lands and is supplied by                 Climate change resulting in increased temperatures for longer periods and
 bore water from the Great Artesian Basin. Water is treated locally at the town’s                 reduced rainfall will have a major impact on Coober Pedy's water supply.
 reverse osmosis plant. 100% of waste water is re-used but during the peak                        Reduction of potable water usage and maximizing storage of waste water for re-
 tourist season there is insufficient capacity to store excess waste water meaning it             use will be critical to Coober Pedy’s long-term survival.
 is lost to the atmosphere.

Potable water use per capita

                               Figure 24: Potable water use per capita
                                 Potable water use per capita                                       Amount
                                 Coober Pedy (2019)                                                 9805 litres per household
                                 South Australia (2020)                                             190.49 litres per person
                                 Australia (2020)                                                   100,000 litres of freshwater per
                                                                                                    person each year
                                 Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020), (SA Water, 2020), (Australian Government: Your Home, 2020)

Proportion of water re-use

                               Figure 25: Proportion of water re-use
                                 Proportion of water re-use                                         Amount
                                 Coober Pedy (2019)                                                 100% re-use of waste water on Oval
                                 South Australia (2020)                                             One in every three litres
                                 Australia (2012)                                                   20%
                                 Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020), (SA Water, 2020), (Recycled Water in Australia, 2012)

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

 About this indicator                                                                             Why is this indicator important?
 The District Council of Coober Pedy provides a weekly domestic waste collection                  Coober Pedy aims to establish itself as the most sustainable town in Australia.
 service which is deposited into the Council’s landfill site. No Council recycling                Not having a comprehensive recycling service is at odds with this goal and
 service is offered.                                                                              having a large landfill site over the Great Artesian Basin poses a threat to the
 A limited recycling service is offered by a private company but only takes cans                  purity of the town’s water supply.
 and some bottles. Therefore, there is no plastic, paper, or organic waste
 recycling service.

Residential waste per capita

                               Figure 26: Residential waste per capita
                                 Residential waste per capita                                 Amount
                                 Coober Pedy (2019)                                           Approx. 799 tonnes from domestic pickup
                                 South Australia (2017/18)                                    5.370 million tonnes / 1.72 million = 3.3
                                                                                              million tonnes per capita
                                 Australia                                                    540 kg of household waste per person,
                                                                                              each year
                                Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020), (Green Industries SA, 2019), (Clean Up Australia, n.d.)

Proportion of residential waste re-use

                               Figure 27: Proportion of residential waste re-use
                                 Proportion of residential waste re-use                       Amount
                                 Coober Pedy (2019)                                           0% (no recycling service is offered for
                                                                                              domestic waste)
                                 South Australia (2017/18)                                    83.6%
                                 Australia
                                Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020), (Green Industries SA, 2019)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

 About this indicator                                                                   Why is this indicator important?
 Coober Pedy has long-been a leader in renewable energies. It was the first town        Coober Pedy is not connected to the national power grid, therefore, needs to
 in Australia to install a wind turbine and in 2017 the Coober Pedy Hybrid              generate its own energy. Generating this energy from renewable sources
 Renewable Power Station (consisting of two wind turbines, a solar farm and             creates power security for the town at affordable costs to its customers. The
 a diesel generator) was installed. Since then the town has sustained                   Hybrid Renewable Power Station is the first step in making Coober Pedy the
 approximately 70% renewable power generation, avoiding 6000 tonnes CO2                 most sustainable town in Australia.
 emissions per annum.1

 1   https://edlenergy.com/project/coober-pedy/ (Accessed April 2020)

Proportion of electricity generated from solar and wind generation

                                        Figure 28: Proportion of electricity generated from solar and wind generation
                                        (Coober Pedy 2017 – 2019)
                                                           Total Usage      Diesel Gen             Renew Gen
                                           2017               (kWh)           (kWh)                  (kWh)               Renew %
                                           JAN
                                           FEB
                                           MAR               1,122,299
                                           APR                864,544
                                           MAY                900,413
                                           JUN               1,017,018
                                           JUL               1,038,829        625,855                719,897                40%
                                           AUG                937,681         354,654               1,000,996               62%
                                           SEP                868,002         242,652               1,259,919               72%
                                           OCT                861,725         174,982               1,406,435               80%
                                           NOV                907,514         273,836               1,168,627               70%
                                           DEC                976,192         406,228               1,016,114               56%
                                                             9,494,217       2,078,207              6,571,988               63%

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Total Usage                     Diesel Gen   Renew Gen
                                   2018               (kWh)                           (kWh)        (kWh)     Renew %
                                   JAN              1,149,168                        391,014     1,330,721     66%
                                   FEB               996,759                         295,009     1,208,045     71%
                                   MAR               971,243                         226,527     1,320,698     77%
                                   APR               922,795                         268,892     1,128,051     71%
                                   MAY               897,232                         195,808     1,162,802     78%
                                   JUN              1,016,905                        359,428      981,303      65%
                                   JUL              1,029,528                        252,537     1,250,135     76%
                                   AUG               940,057                         159,276     1,495,385     83%
                                   SEP               837,252                         171,029     1,199,068     80%
                                   OCT               860,639                         158,987     1,236,436     82%
                                   NOV               864,066                         171,531     1,043,892     80%
                                   DEC              1,022,114                        263,603     1,152,521     74%
                                                    11,507,758                      2,913,641   14,509,057     75%
                                 Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020)

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Total Usage                   Diesel Gen                  Renew Gen
                                   2019               (kWh)                        (kWh)                        (kWh)                Renew %
                                   JAN              1,197,923                     426,935                     1,104,873                64%
                                   FEB               933,211                      238,100                      982,746                 75%
                                   MAR               994,660                      289,504                     1,000,789                71%
                                   APR               742,458                      153,680                     1,015,059                67%
                                   MAY               848,839                      217,253                      938,318                 72%
                                   JUN              1,065,764                     296,392                     1,051,003                70%
                                   JUL              1,046,859                     285,726                     1,024,371                73%
                                   AUG               986,414                      173,011                     1,238,126                83%
                                   SEP               835,144                      160,492                     1,069,449                81%
                                   OCT
                                   NOV
                                   DEC
                                                     8,651,272                    2,241,093                   9,424,734                  73%
                                 Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020) (statistics from when the renewal system was installed in 2017).

                                  Coober Pedy (solar and wind)                              73%
                                  South Australia (solar and wind)                          51%
                                  Australia (renewables)                                    19%
                                 Source: (District Council of Coober Pedy, 2020), (Climate Council, 2019)

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SOCIAL INDICATORS
SOCIAL VITALITY

  About this indicator                                                               Why is this indicator important?
  Coober Pedy benefits from a large number of clubs, events and activities. To       Without the support of a large number of volunteers, Coober Pedy would not
  support these, 279 (18.8%) of the population volunteer.                            enjoy the level of social opportunities it does. As a remote outback town which
                                                                                     cannot compete with social and cultural activities available in large cities, local
                                                                                     clubs and events play a major role in engaging existing residents, attracting new
                                                                                     ones and providing a sense of community and social vitality.

Proportion of people who regularly volunteer

Figure 29: Proportion of people who regularly volunteer
Unpaid work                                                                      Coober Pedy          %     South Australia             %         Australia             %
People aged 15 years and over

Did unpaid domestic work (last week)                                                     787        53.2              982,036        71.0       13,143,914           69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks)                                                230        15.5              380,737        27.5        5,259,400           27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks)                116         7.8              168,496        12.2        2,145,203           11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months)                     279        18.8              295,670        21.4        3,620,726           19.0
Source: (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016)

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HOUSING

  About this indicator                                                                            Why is this indicator important?
  52% of residents own their homes in Coober Pedy. Of the 41% that rent, 87%                      Property is cheap in Coober Pedy. However, it can often be low standard3.
  rent from private landlords, whilst 13.3% are in social housing provided by either              Whether buying or renting this is both an incentive and a disincentive. Social
  the state housing authority or social support groups. With average private weekly               housing stock is also limited.
  rentals of $175, and the average price of buying a home $75,000, this makes
  Coober Pedy considerably cheaper than living in Adelaide. However, it can take
  2 - 4 years to sell a property in Coober Pedy2.

  2                                                                                               3
      Source: Linn Andrews Real Estate (Coober Pedy)                                                  Shelter SA: Coober Pedy Housing and Homelessness Roundtable Report

Figure 30: Breakdown of Housing Market and Rental Market

              Housing Market (Percent) - Coober Pedy (2016)                                                  Rental Market (Percent): Coober Pedy (2016)
                                                                                                                                                          3.1
                                               7.0                                                                                            10.2

                               41.1                               51.9

                                                                                                                                     86.7

                                                                                                             Dwellings rented from state or territory housing authority
                         Owned dwellings       Rented dwellings          Unknown                             Dwellings rented from a housing co-operative, community or church group
                                                                                                             Dwellings rented from private landlords
Source: (Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) Torrens University Australia, 2019)

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Median Property Prices – Coober Pedy vs Adelaide (May 2020)

Figure 31: Median Property Prices – Coober Pedy vs Adelaide (May 2020)
 Coober Pedy                                                             Adelaide

 Source: (realestate.com, 2020)                                          Source: (realestate.com, 2020)

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NUMBER OF UNLAWFUL OFFENCES

 About this indicator                                                                 Why is this indicator important?
 There has been a downward trend in overall rates of unlawful offences in Coober      Safe and secure homes, businesses and public spaces are essential in
 Pedy from 2010 to 2019. Property-related offences, different forms of assault        attracting and maintaining residents and visitors to Coober Pedy. With an
 and theft form the majority of unlawful offences in the town.                        average crime rate of one to two unlawful offence per day, this does not paint
                                                                                      Coober Pedy as a crime-free location. Identifying the root cause behind the
                                                                                      crimes being committed could help to establish ways in which to reduce their
                                                                                      occurrence.

Figure 32: Unlawful Offences in Coober Pedy 2010-2019

                                                     Unlawful Offences - Coober Pedy (2010 - 2019)
                        700
                                                                      591
                        600                          542
                               483
   Number of Offences

                        500              458                                        453                                 459
                                                                                                      418                                 410
                                                                                                                                                            377
                        400

                        300

                        200

                        100

                         0
                              2010-11   2011-12    2012-13          2013-14        2014-15          2015-16           2016-17           2017-18           2018-19
                                                                                    Year

Source: (Data SA, 2010-2019)

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