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Gosford CBD survey 2020

What are your views about Gosford CBD?


Introducing a new research project: Gosford CBD Project: Capabilities Approach survey wave 1


What is the survey about?

If you have been to Gosford CBD recently, you will have seen that the city is changing. There are old buildings coming down and new ones going up. There have been businesses opened and new facilities created. These changes are part of a strategic redevelopment involving the Central Coast Council, the NSW Government and the Australian Government, as well as private developers, businesses and community groups. This is all intended to add to the economic and social life of the city. 

So far, talk about the redevelopment of Gosford CBD has been focused on the availability of facilities and economic improvement. Now, researchers from the University of Newcastle want to find out how people are feeling about the changes and how these changes make a difference to people's lives.

This survey is part of the University of Newcastle Gosford CBD Project. The project will span the next 20 years tracking the changing role of Gosford CBD in people's lives as the city itself changes. This survey provides a baseline - a starting point against which change can be measured - for the longer-term research project. It doesn't look to the past but asks for your view about how things are now.  


Who can do the survey?

This survey is open to anyone who has a connection to Gosford CBD or the Central Coast. You don't have to live or work in Gosford CBD to participate. The project team are trying to get a broad-cross section of the community involved and we encourage you to share the survey link amongst your family, friends and colleagues, so they can complete the survey too. If you know someone who would like to do the survey but needs help, such as a young person or someone with a physical impairment, we encourage you to help them fill it out. 

If you are a young person under the age of 16 and you would like to complete the survey, you need to ask an adult for permission and assistance. 


Are there any risks in being involved?

There are no known risks for being involved in this survey. We are not asking you for personal details, so you will not be identifiable in this research. The questions in the research are intended not to be personal or asking about sensitive topics. If you do find you do need support after doing the survey, though, we encourage you to call LifeLine on 13 11 14.


Are there any benefits of being involved?

The survey is not designed to benefit any individual person who does the survey. The survey will lead to better knowledge about people’s view of what a good life is and how changes to the city influence that. If the results from the survey lead to planning in Gosford CBD that better suits your view of the best life in Gosford then that may be a benefit to you and others.


Who is conducting the survey?

The survey is being conducted by the Gosford CBD Project team, based at the University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus. For this part Dr Chris Krogh and Dr Lyn Hicks are taking the lead. In addition, a range of community contributors from human services, health, education, business, government and special interest groups linked to Gosford have been involved in the survey's development. 

The project team are primarily located at the University of Newcastle's Central Coast campus and can be contacted by emailing: gosfordcbdproject@newcastle.edu.au You can also find information about the project at: The Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures (CSRRF)


How did we get your contact details?

For some people, the community contributors mentioned above have forwarded you the online link on behalf of the project team. For others, the link has been shared through your social media groups or personal networks. The University researchers have not been provided with anyone's contact details. 


Are your answers confidential?

Your privacy and confidentiality are important to the research team. You will not be asked to provide any personal contact details in this survey. All survey responses are anonymous, and it will not be possible to connect your answers to you.

The survey is being conducted on the secure research platform LimeSurvey (click to visit site). The survey settings have been set for maximum privavy. For example, the survey will not collect IP addresses from participants and will not store cookies.

Responses will be stored securely on the University of Newcastle's digital platform and then loaded onto a confidential database for analysis. To comply with research policy the responses will be kept securely for at least 5 years before being deleted. To read with the University’s Research Data and Materials Management Guideline go to: https://policies.newcastle.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=72


What happens to your answers?

The responses to the survey will be analysed using research software and written up into a publicly available research report. The findings of this research may be used in academic articles and conferences. It is also possible that other researchers may apply to access and use the anonymous data for their own research or teaching. This is common practice in Australian survey research.

The university would have to share the data with law enforcement bodies if required to by law. This does not change the confidentiality statement above.

The final report will be available from the website of The Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures (CSRRF). We are aiming for this to be available from 1st March 2021. It will also be given to organisations who have partnered with the researchers to share the survey link. You can request a copy directly from the researchers by emailing: gosfordcbdproject@newcastle.edu.au If you do that now you will be provided with a copy of the report once it is completed.

In addition to the worthwhile goal of understanding the Central Coast community better, the project team and community contributors are hoping that the report will add another dimension to government planning for Gosford CBD - that of individual wellbeing alongside economic and social outcomes.


How long will the survey take?

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and participation is entirely voluntary.


How long will the survey be open for?

The survey will be open for 5 weeks from Monday 9th November 2020 to Monday 14th December 2020.


Submitting your answers

To make sure your answers are collected you must click SUBMIT at the end of the survey. You don't have to answer every question. You can click through to different sections of the survey if you wish to skip parts and still submit your answers. 

You do have the option of leaving the survey and doing it later. To do this click the Resume Later link at the top right corner of the survey pages. You will need to give a name and password but to maintain your privacy the name can be made up.


Opting out

If you want to leave the survey at any point and not have your answers used you can just close the survey without clicking submit. Once you click submit it will not be possible to withdraw from the research.


Who has funded the research?

This research has had development funding from the Centre for 21st Century Humanities at the University of Newcastle. The research currently has no ongoing funding.


Complaints about this research

This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2020 0202.

Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the Chief Investigator Dr Chris Krogh (chris.krogh@newcastle.edu.au), or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Ethics Officer, Research and Innovation Services, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 4921 6333 or email Human-Ethics@newcastle.edu.au.



The researchers acknowledge the Darkinung people, the traditional owners of the ancestral lands upon which we work and walk and upon which Gosford CBD now stands. 


There are 36 questions in this survey.
This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.

Remember, there are no wrong or right answers in this survey, we want to know your personal opinions. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.  

If you would like further information about the research before continuing please email the research team at: gosfordcbdproject@newcastle.edu.au