THE COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the employment situation of one in three Mackay residents.

This included reduced hours, being stood down and finding it difficult to get work.

The findings come from an IRIS Research survey of about 500 Mackay residents via phone and online from mid-to-late May into the impacts of coronavirus.

It showed one in three felt their situation could worsen over the next six months with one in five having had to seek financial support to get through the crisis so far.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chair Greg Williamson with Deputy Mayor and LDMG's Human and Social Recovery Sub Group chair Karen May discussing the results of Council's pulse survey into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Mackay residents. Picture: Heidi Petith
Mackay Regional Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chair Greg Williamson with Deputy Mayor and LDMG's Human and Social Recovery Sub Group chair Karen May discussing the results of Council's pulse survey into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Mackay residents. Picture: Heidi Petith

Mackay Regional Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Greg Williamson said this included dipping into superannuation as well as selling and refinancing assets.

"Those are the sorts of figures we really needed to know and that helps us react to what we can do as a council to help our community," Cr Williamson said.

Key findings from Mackay Regional Council's commissioned 'COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey'. Picture: Contributed
Key findings from Mackay Regional Council's commissioned 'COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey'. Picture: Contributed

In terms of health, one in three Mackay residents said their mental and emotional health and wellbeing had taken a hit, particularly among the 18 to 34 age bracket.

And 42 per cent said their social wellbeing had worsened.

But on the flip side, there were some positive aspects found by the community pulse survey.

More than half of Mackay residents said they were cooking at home more often, particularly those aged 35 to 49, and 40 per cent said they were shopping locally more often.

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Cr Williamson also said the community had remained "overwhelmingly" resilient towards recovering form the pandemic and had been bolstered by Mackay's industry sector.

"There's a very good level of confidence both within the agricultural sector and in the resources sector which underpins the basic level of our regional GDP," he said.

Key findings from Mackay Regional Council's commissioned 'COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey'. Picture: Contributed
Key findings from Mackay Regional Council's commissioned 'COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey'. Picture: Contributed

"I've always said I would rather be in Mackay than anywhere else in Australia … and now that we know the areas that we are hurting, we can go an try and rectify that.

"It's about assisting our community service organisations to do their job in the best possible way."

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Cr Williamson said this included the $1.2 million special COVID-19 grant that was announced on Monday.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chair Greg Williamson with Deputy Mayor and LDMG's Human and Social Recovery Sub Group chair Karen May discussing the results of Council's pulse survey into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Mackay residents. Picture: Heidi Petith
Mackay Regional Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chair Greg Williamson with Deputy Mayor and LDMG's Human and Social Recovery Sub Group chair Karen May discussing the results of Council's pulse survey into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Mackay residents. Picture: Heidi Petith

Mackay Deputy Mayor and LDMG's Human and Social Recovery Sub Group chair Karen May said a standout result from the survey was that people "wanted to feel connected to their family and friends more".

"I think that's been a learning from this pandemic.

"The isolation has really brought home, as human beings, we really strive and we thrive on that connection."

To read the full survey report, head to www.mackay.qld.gov.au/covidsurvey