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The role of Non-Government organisations in restoring and managingoutback tracks in WA

Macbeth, J. (1998) The role of Non-Government organisations in restoring and managingoutback tracks in WA. In: Ecotourism Association of Australia 6th Annual Conference, 29 October - 1 November, Margaret River, Western Australia



WA’s outback tracks are increasingly popular with domestic and international travellers, singly, in groups and in organised tours. Outback travel provides a unique and demanding form of adventure travel and a range of experiences for travellers. From the unique natural and social history of these tracks to the cultural experience of the present day, outback travel is a valuable and fragile product on the Australian tourism scene.

Track Care WA emerged in 1996 out of concerns by individuals and tour operators for the deteriorating conditions on the Canning Stock Route (CSR). Increasing traffic over the CSR during recent years has seen an accumulation of rubbish and some track damage. Track Care aims to provide a program of maintenance and environmental protection while promoting the education of future visitors for all off-road tracks in WA, not just the CSR. Thus, consistent with the link to Tread Lightly!, Track Care WA has evolved to include the broader goal of encouraging responsible use of off road vehicles, in particular 4WDriving. At the same time, and working closely with DOLA and CALM, Track Care WA has taken on a key role in the management of other outback and historic tracks in WA.

This paper will outline this history, including the 1998 program on the CSR, work on the Holland Track by the LandCruiser Club and some of the social and political dynamics involved.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences
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