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Planning in action: A report and reflections on sustainable tourism in the ex-Shire of Omeo

Macbeth, J. (1997) Planning in action: A report and reflections on sustainable tourism in the ex-Shire of Omeo. In: Hall, C.M., Jenkins , J. and Kearsley, G., (eds.) Tourism Planning and Policy in Australia and New Zealand: Cases, Issues and Practice. Irwin, Sydney, pp. 145-153.

Abstract

There is still spectacular mountain country in eastern Victoria that is relatively unaltered by tourism, has few places to stay, has unsealed roads designated as ‘Hwy” and is nice to be in. Visitors come in four wheel drives, in cars, in buses and on bikes; they stay in tents and small lodgings; they walk, ride bikes, take trail rides and raft down rivers. Some of them even come in July to the Winter Classic where they race on skis, on foot, on bikes and in kayaks. Yes, three are tourists in the districts of Omeo.

This chapter is written in the context of an ongoing two year planning and action research project in east Gippsland and follows in the ‘tradition’ of two conference papers (Macbeth 1995a, b) in being reflective and grounded in my experience of research and its context. But it goes further in also being reflective to the ‘clients’ of the project. So most of this chapter is written to the people who live in the study area and thus follows in the ‘tradition’ of my initial reporting to them.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Irwin
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10008
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