Public perceptions of, and responses to, desalination in Australia : a report on findings

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King, Tanya J, Ooi, Daniel, Cary, John, Fisher, Adrian, Schibeci, Renato, Murphy, Kristina, O'Toole, Kevin, Mearns, Malcolm and Donaldson, Jilleen A (2012) Public perceptions of, and responses to, desalination in Australia : a report on findings. Working Paper. Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Geelong, Victoria.


Desalination as a method of ensuring a rainfall independent source of potable water has become an increasingly favourable option for Australian governments, particularly over the last decade or so. This is especially true for metropolitan areas. The social acceptability of new sources of water, however, impacts on the readiness with which publics accept changed or augmented water supplies. Researchers at Deakin University, Victoria University and Murdoch University, with funding from the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), have conducted a study of public attitudes to desalination in Australia. This report outlines the results of the 18 month project, which comprises three sections. The cornerstone of the project is a national survey (n=3077), conducted by Datacol Research. The second component of the study consists of focus groups in the vicinity of three existing or developing desalination plants: Wonthaggi (Victoria), Port Stanvac (South Australia), and Kwinana (Western Australia). The third component of the study presented in this report involves interviews with desalination scientists and other technical experts, in relation to their attitudes to communication with lay publics.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
DOI Alfred Deakin Research Institute; Working Paper No. 39
Official URL
ISBN 9781921745386
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0904 Chemical Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords ResPubID26202, water purification, Australia; 170113 Social and Community Psychology (c-6-digit-for); 1 Eligible as Research Output (c-research-output-type); 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (c-era-6-digit-for-archive)
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