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Community Attitudinal Survey

The Australian and New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (ANZBP), supported by Urbis Pty Ltd, undertook research on community attitudes to the use and management of biosolids. A report has been developed which details findings from a survey undertaken in Australia and New Zealand in March 2010. This page and the downloadable summary gives an overview of the survey methodology and the key findings from the survey analysis. It also highlights some of the implications for the ANZBP that arise from these findings.

Survey context

An important element of the ANZBP is the development of communication tools that members can use to present factual, unbiased information about the use of biosolids to communities that might have contact with biosolids treatment, transport, use or disposal in some way.

Due to the nature of the industry there has been limited broader consultation with the community about attitudes and content of communications messages. The ANZBP has undertaken this project to establish broader community attitudes to aid in the development of materials providing objective and factual information on biosolids to interested members of the community. The results will also enable the ANZBP to manage risk more effectively.

The main purpose therefore of conducting the survey was to ascertain community attitudes to the use and disposal of biosolids to aid in the development of materials aimed at providing objective and factual information on biosolids based on the issues of most concern to the community.

The survey used a range of techniques to identify community attitudes, knowledge and priorities with regard to the objectives and focus areas identified.

To view the summary of the report, please download the document here.

Community Attitudes Survey