Public opinion of a proposed wind farm situated close to a populated area in New Zealand: Results from a cross-sectional study

Watts, Charmaine A., Schluter, Philip J. and Whiting, Roger (2005) Public opinion of a proposed wind farm situated close to a populated area in New Zealand: Results from a cross-sectional study. Environmental Health, 5 3: 73-83.

Author Watts, Charmaine A.
Schluter, Philip J.
Whiting, Roger
Title Public opinion of a proposed wind farm situated close to a populated area in New Zealand: Results from a cross-sectional study
Journal name Environmental Health
ISSN 1832-3367
1444-5212
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 3
Start page 73
End page 83
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kew, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Environmental Health
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract In accordance with New Zealand’s Resource Management Act 1991, in 2003, electricity generating company Genesis Energy made public its intention to apply for consent to build the Awhitu wind farm. Several community groups claiming to represent the majority opposed this application and in September 2004 consent was declined. The aim was to investigate the attitudes of local community members to the proposed wind farm. A survey was mailed to 500 Franklin residents, systematically selected from the local 2004/2005 telephone directory. Forty questionnaires were returned undelivered. Of the remaining 460, completed questionnaires were returned from 46% (211). Most, 70% (145), residents supported a wind farm being built in their area, with 17% (35) neutral, and only 13% (28) against the farm. There was no statistical difference in respondents’ attitudes between sex, age, or residential proximity to the farm. Respondents listed renewable resource (83%), suitability (78%), and environmental friendliness (76%) as main advantages. Visual unsightliness (24%) and noise pollution (21%) were listed as main perceived disadvantages. Contrary to the assertions of several lobby groups, the majority of local residents support the construction of the Awhitu wind farm. Scientifically robust methods are essential to measure appropriately community attitudes, particularly on contentious issues.
Keyword Wind Farm
Community Attitudes
Cross-sectional Study
Noise Pollution
Perception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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