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The dynamics of a coastal tourism development: attitudes, perceptions and processes

Pforr, C., Macbeth, J., Clark, K., Fountain, J. and Wood, D. (2006) The dynamics of a coastal tourism development: attitudes, perceptions and processes. CRC for Sustainable Tourism, Gold Coast, Qld..

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In Western Australia, similar to other parts of Australia, opposition to large scale development has been strong in
recent times, well organised and effective, with proposed developments not proceeding as planned. This was, for
instance, the case with a large scale development proposal at Maud’s Landing in the north west of Western
Australia, which had attracted a great deal of predominantly negative publicity. It appears that the group of opponents to such development has broadened over recent years to include both the general public and tourists
themselves. Notably, this ‘general public’ opposition is far wider than the residents of planned development sites
and appears to include the general population and visitors to specific regions alike. Given that this opposition
appears to be strengthening there is a need for research to understand what needs to be improved to ensure future
tourism developments are supported by the ‘community of interest’. By understanding the responses of the
‘community of interest’ to tourism development, whether support or opposition, development alternatives can be
selected, which will minimise negative social and environmental impacts and maximise support for tourism
The overall purpose of this study is to describe, analyse and explain the political processes which led to the
Western Australian government’s decision to reject the proposed resort and marina complex at Maud’s Landing
in July 2003. The project’s findings are presented in two parts; first, an introduction to the case study area is
given, followed by a detailed analysis of the history of the events and documents surrounding the proposed
development at Maud’s Landing. Second, primary research with the ‘community of interest’ is presented in an
effort to explore and understand the attitudes and perceptions of intrastate, interstate and international visitors to tourism development at Maud’s Landing.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Series Name: CRC Technical Report
Publisher: CRC for Sustainable Tourism
Copyright: © CRC for Sustainable Tourism Pty Ltd 2007
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