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Collector Community Survey  

Author:  | Australia, Impacts

In September 2012 Friends of Collector carried out an online self-completion survey of adult (18 years and over) residents who live within 10 km of the proposed Collector wind farm operated by APP Corporation. All 238 households were invited to participate by a ‘survey information’ letter delivered by Australia Post. From this 112 valid responses were received. Key findings from the research are:

  • Most (81%) residents do not wish for the wind farm development to proceed
    • 13% wish for the development to proceed
    • 5% are not sure if they wish for the development to proceed

  • Most (88%) believe they will see the wind farm development from their residential property
  • Most (79%) live within 5 km of the proposed wind farm development
  • Over half (53%) see no benefits for the Collector area if the wind farm development proceeds
    • However there is a wide range of benefits seen by others in the development proceeding
      • Generation of clean / green energy
      • 24% Corporate promotions for schools / local projects 23%
      • Diversified, reliable income for landowners 20%
      • Employment opportunities 15%

  • Only nine percent (9%) have no concerns at all about the wind farm development
    • The ‘top 6 concerns’ are
      • Property values 87%
      • Visual / aesthetic 83%
      • Red flashing aviation lights on wind turbines 79%
      • Noise 78%
      • Adverse effect on local fauna 76%
      • Health 75%

  • One in five (21%) ‘strongly agree’ they will relocate away from the Collector area if the wind farm development proceeds while a further twenty-nine percent (29%) ‘don’t know’ whether they will remain or leave the area
  • Over half (52%) have been involved in the community consultation process
    • Of these most (79%) are either ‘dissatisfied’ or ‘very dissatisfied’ with the community consultation process
    • Dissatisfaction is for a wide range of reasons

  • The proportion of the sample who answered the Auspoll survey carried out for Transfield Services Limited (later Ratch) almost exactly matches the number who actually answered the survey carried out by StollzNow Research.
    • This shows the robust nature of this research project

Contents
Background
Objectives
Approach & methodology
 • Survey method
 • Research approach
 • Sample
 • Questionnaire
 • Anonymity
Report
 • Support and impact of wind farm
 • Residential characteristics
 • Consultation and research
Appendix 1 – open-ended comments
Appendix 2 – questionnaire
Appendix 3 – survey guide

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