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23 March 2015 – Tourism is a thirsty business. Peak tourist seasons are generally during the driest months of the year. Tourism development is most intense in coastal areas and on islands, where potable water is typically scarce. Read more.

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In light of the rapidly growing tourism industry in the region, excessive tourist use of the dune lakes on Fraser Island could deleteriously affect their ecology and in turn, their aesthetic appeal to tourists. The findings from this research study suggest that the current level of tourist pressure on the perched dune lakes on Fraser Island is likely to have a significant long-term impact on the ecological health of these systems.

by Wade Hadwen, Angela Arthington, Stuart Bunn and Thorsten Mosisch

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Effects of Tourism on Fraser Islands Dune Lakes

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STCRC commissioned the development of a research agenda in January 2009 with the following aims: to map the process for increasing our understanding of fresh water as an input in the production of tourism outputsto illustrate the modelling required to establish the trade-offs and complementarities between the use of water for the production of tourism versus other outputs (e.g. agriculture, urban/industrial, environmental) to test and explore the range of policy and institutional responses that would be required to deliver an optimal allocation between competing water demands—including those arising from activities related to tourism.

by Lin Crase, Sue O’Keefe, Pierre Horwitz, May Carter, Ronlyn Duncan, Darla Hatton MacDonald, Fiona Haslam McKenzie and Ben Gawne

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