Mirboo North & District Vital Signs reveals its “Village of 100”
Supported by the Mirboo North & District Community Foundation and the Mirboo North & District Community Bank® and led by an advisory committee of individuals representing our communities, the Mirboo North & District Vital Signs Project is gathering data and talking to local experts in relation to health, education, economy and environment.
Mirboo North & District’s Vital Sign project is a community check-up that aims to measure the vitality of our community and identify significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life.
Ruth Rogan, Executive Officer for the Mirboo North & District Community Foundation commented “Apart from the data that is being gathered on health, education, the economy and environment, we are exploring additional data to give a snapshot of 'what' our communities look like. These will be revealed in a series of graphics through print and social media over the next two months, as if our communities were a Village of 100.”
Which communities are we talking about?
The Mirboo North & District Vital Signs project covers Dumbalk, Allambee, Thorpdale, Narracan, Yinnar and Yinnar South, Boolarra and Boolarra South as well as Mirboo North, and many smaller communities in between.
And if our communities were a village of 100, what would we look like?
If our communities were a village of 100, 50 of us are men and 50 women. 1 is an Indigenous person. 80 of us were born in Australia while 20 were born overseas.
How many hours do we work?
Compared to the Victorian average, more of our community works part-time. We also have a larger group who work more than 49 hours a week, no doubt including the large number of people running their own businesses, including farmers.
And what do we earn?
If our communities were a village of 100, 44 of us would be earning below $650 a week and 1 of us would be earning over $3,000. It is interesting to note that in 2016, the minimum weekly wage for a full-time job (38 hours) was $672.