Gold Coast Beach Use & Carrying Capacity

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Title Gold Coast Beach Use & Carrying Capacity
Author Williams, Peta; Lemckert, Charles James
Publication Title The Second International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources
Editor A. Micallef, A. Vassallo, and M. Cassar
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Malta
Publisher Euro-Mediterranean Cente on Insular Coastal Dynamics
Abstract Australia has over 70,000 kilometres of coastline, of which Queensland has 7,000 kilometres. The beach has long occupied a special place in the Australian identity. The beaches are not only important to the Australian people but they are a highly valuable tourist resource. Determining their carrying capacity is an essential factor for their sensible use and management. A preliminary perception study of Gold Coast beaches was conducted over a two-year period - in 2004 and 2005. The survey, adapted from one used in Portugal by Professor Carlos Pereira da Silva (Da Silva, 1998), was conducted with a group of Griffith University students. This survey provided a base from which further research was conducted in April 2006. Using a modified, shorter, more precise, survey with an expanded population range the survey explored beach perception, landscape, and behaviour. The modified survey was conducted at four designated Gold Coast beaches using a random selection process. This initial survey work revealed some interesting results including that the majority of the people surveyed thought beach crowds were perfect in their current state but 79% of the remaining respondents indicated carrying capacity had already been exceeded; with Gold Coast beaches perceived as either over-crowded or could do with less people. The future analysis of this data will assist in gaining a wider populations' perception of the Gold Coast beaches and to better determine what Australians use their beaches for, which can aid in future development and conservation programs.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
ISBN 99932-650-9-8
Conference name The Second International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources
Location Gozo, Malta
Date From 2006-10-25
Date To 2006-11-27
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13100
Date Accessioned 2007-03-08
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Subject Engineering and Technology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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