Environmental Justice in Australia: Measuring the Relationship Between Industrial Odour Exposure and Community Disadvantage

Lucy Dubrelle Gunn, Billy Greenham, Melanie Davern, Suzanne Mavoa, Elizabeth Jean Taylor, Mark Bannister

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Community impact and environmental justice issues are examined across
metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, using 2008–2011 self-reported odour complaint data as a direct measure of odour pollution exposure. Differences in pollution exposure and indicators of socio-economic disadvantage were compared across areas using spatial clustering and statistical analyses. Results found that odour affected areas have greater socio-economic disadvantage supporting the existence of environmental justice issues in metropolitan Melbourne. Commonly used buffers of 1 km surrounding polluting facilities under-represent odour affected areas. Findings have implications for urban planning and policy in establishing separation distances between residential and industrial zones in new and existing developments where guidelines are lacking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII
EditorsMeg Holden, Rhonda Phillips, Chantal Stevens
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9783319546186
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCommunity quality-of-life and well-being

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