The natural environment and sense of community in Exmouth have been identified as the best things about the town, while the cost of living and job prospects were the main causes for concern, according to a recent survey.

The 2018 Shire of Exmouth Community Perception Survey asked the community to rate the importance of council services and provide feedback on how these were being delivered, as well as to rank the overall performance of the council and liveability factors.

Shire president Matthew Niikkula said the survey reflected current community priorities and highlighted for the council areas of priority for the financial year ahead.

“The data collected told us that the community was happy with how we are performing in areas such as the spray park, library and Ningaloo Centre,” he said.

“The top five areas for improvement identified were recycling, financial responsibility, community consultation, Tantabiddi Boat Ramp and footpaths.”

In the survey 73 per cent of respondents thought the Shire was performing at an acceptable to very high standard, and 94 per cent believed Exmouth was a good place to live.

“The best things about Exmouth were identified as the natural environment, safety and security, sense of community and leisure, sport and entertainment,” Mr Niikkula said.

“The worst were the cost of living, job prospects and access to health services.”

The council will use the information from the survey to guide decision making leading into the new budget.