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Place attachment and management preferences of visitors at remote coastal campsites in Western Australia

Tonge, J., Valesini, F., Moore, S., Beckley, L. and Ryan, M. (2013) Place attachment and management preferences of visitors at remote coastal campsites in Western Australia. In: AMSA2013 Golden Jubilee Conference, 7 - 11 July, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.


Coastal recreation visitation levels are increasing within Australia and globally .The challenge for managers of coastal recreational areas is that frequent usage can result in degradation of these natural areas and a decline in the recreational and aesthetic quality that attracted visitors in the first place. Additionally, visitors who exhibit place attachment, an emotional connection to an area, often demonstrate greater concern regarding how an area should be managed. The extent to which the dimensions of attachment are related to management preferences has not been sufficiently investigated, especially in coastal and marine areas. This study examined the relationship between the place attachment of visitors to coastal campsites along the southern Ningaloo coastline, northwestern Australia, and management preferences via an on-site survey. The relationship was investigated using a suite of routines in the non-parametric multivariate statistics package PRIMER v6, providing the first example of the use of these types of statistical approaches in place research. Place attachment was measured using the dimensions of place identity, place dependence and everybody’s happy. Within each dimension, significantly different groups of visitors were identified based on differences in their responses to the place attachment survey items. This was achieved using hierarchical agglomerative cluster analysis in conjunction with a Similarity Profile (SIMPROF) test. Subsequent analysis using the BVSTEP procedure showed that the pattern of differences among visitors in their responses to place attachment items produced significant though weak correlations with that in their level of support for various management actions.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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