Development of the Upper Hunter Valley : an appraisal of regional social impact [article]

David T Clarkson, University, The Australian National, University, The Australian National
The underlying premise on which this study is based is that the Upper Hunter Valley region will be greatly affected as a result of the magnitude, nature and time scale of the development envisaged for the region. The Upper Hunter Valley region is defined as the urban and rural areas of Singleton and Muswellbrook, is one with which the inhabitants closely identify. The normal decision-making procedure is described, and its effectiveness for rapid regional growth questioned. Various perspectives
more » ... rious perspectives of the Upper Hunter Valley development are elucidated, and a regional perspective is used in this study. A human ecology methodology is used to assess the regional community's perception of social impact. Such a methodology is the most appropriate for evaluating the community's reaction to the rapid and profoundly changing circumstances, that are an inevitable consequence of development in the Upper Hunter Valley. The study has two .objectives:- 1. to test the hypothesis that those residents who are pro-development will have different socioeconomic characteristics to those who are anti-development and 2. to establish a human ecology data base as a basis for determining the existing biopsychic condition of residents of the Upper Hunter Valley region. A human ecological conceptual framework introduces the notion of perception vectors and bio-psychic condition to facilitate measurement of the community's perceived level of well-being. The subjective data used to test the tv/o hypotheses was obtained by carrying out a postal survey of residents of Singleton and Muswellbrook Electoral Sub- Divisions. The survey questionnaire was designed to be comprehensive, but also concise and readily understood by ordinary people; to achieve a meaningful and satisfactory questionnaire response. The SPSS computer package was used to analyse the data. A broad overview of the survey data is presented. Sections 1 and 2 of the data are analysed to determine the socio-economic characteristics of the residents who are 'pro' and anti' development. Da [...]
doi:10.25911/5d6e50c10cc4d fatcat:twlsuxmhqjdjzmbxppb7as4rli