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Nonpermanent residents, place attachment, and “sea change” communities

By Gail Kelly, Karin Hosking and Sustainable Ecosystems


Rapid population growth and an increase in the number of nonresident second-home owners are altering the environmental, social, and economic stability of many Australian seaside communities. The impact of the growing proportion of nonpermanent residents in these regions has not yet been subject to much research. This article explores the usefulness of place attachment to provide insight into the actions and behavior of second-home owners. Place attach-ment, or human-place bonding, has been linked to positive behaviors such as environmental conservation, volunteering, and the reverse of neighbourhood decline. This article examines second-home owners ’ sense of place attachment in Western Australia’s Augusta–Margaret River region. Findings indicate pos-itive relationships between levels of place attachment, the amount of time spent in the region, support of local businesses, and contributions to commu-nity through membership in voluntary organizations. The relevance of sup-porting the place attachment of nonpermanent residents in rapidly developing coastal areas is discussed

Topics: Australia, Augusta–Margaret River, sea change, nonpermanent
Year: 2008
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