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Recreation access to land: Phase 2, Interstate review of bushwalking access in Australia and a survey of WA bushwalkers and DEC land managers. A report for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA

Hughes, M., Tye, M. and Costello, D. (2012) Recreation access to land: Phase 2, Interstate review of bushwalking access in Australia and a survey of WA bushwalkers and DEC land managers. A report for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA. An initiative of the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research with research partner Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre, Perth, Western Australia.

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Abstract

This project is based on concerns expressed by outdoor recreation groups that rights for public access to land for recreation in WA were being eroded and opportunities reduced. Advocates in WA pointed to the UK and New Zealand where restrictions on access were recognised and laws amended to counter these restrictions. In order to assess the potential for such action in WA, Phase 1 reviewed walking based access laws, policy and management in the UK, New Zealand and WA. It was found there is no need for changes to WA law. The review established that land access issues in UK and New Zealand were primarily related to the location and extent of private land. The WA issues are mainly associated with the state’s complex array of jurisdiction, policy and management regimes relating to public land, and concerns about risk and liability. This was especially where access includes more than one land management jurisdiction and where jurisdictions overlap. When combined with the range of recreation types wanting access to land, often at the same time and location, the potential for confusion conflict is high. The project aims to clarify the issues and potential way forward for recreation access management in WA.

Publication Type: Report
Publisher: An initiative of the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research with research partner Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26330
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