The Island Survey results are back – and most people still say Bowen is a pretty great place to live.
Respondents rated overall quality of life 4.45 out of five (weighted average), slightly higher than 2019’s 4.41. As a place to raise children, islanders gave Bowen a 4.5, which is down from the 2018 high of 4.62.
For working or operating a business, Bowen isn’t so popular, but slightly improving. It was given a 3.2 out of five (up from 2019’s 3.06) by those who work here. As a place to operate a business it was given 2.93 (up from the 2018 low of 2.76).
Satisfaction with emergency preparedness and the public notification system grew, while satisfaction with building and inspection permits, land use planning and protecting the natural environment dropped.
Of the respondents, 93.5 per cent were full-time residents and 84 per cent owned and lived in their homes.