Not in our back yard: media coverage of community opposition to mobile phone towers--an application of Sandman's outrage model of risk perception

Aust N Z J Public Health. 1997 Oct;21(6):614-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842x.1997.tb01765.x.


Australia has the world's second highest per capita use of mobile phones. To meet rapid expansion in use, transmission towers are being erected hastily, backed by federal government exemptions from normal local government planning procedures. In a case study of media reportage of a successful resident protest about the placement of transmitters adjacent to a kindergarten, uncertain risks to health were the ostensible concerns voiced by the protesters. Eleven of the 12 primary components and six out of eight secondary components of Sandman's model of community risk perception were consistent with both the protesters' expressed concerns about the transmission towers and the way in which the issues involved were framed by the media.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Australia
  • Consumer Advocacy*
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety
  • Telephone*