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This tool guides you to make a preliminary assessment about whether your region and property have the attributes for a successful tourism venture. If, after taking this initial assessment, you find that your property has tourism potential then we recommend you visit the websites listed on page 9.  Stage 2 allows you to make a more thorough assessment of whether to proceed with your tourism business idea and helps you develop this idea into a full business plan, and will be available in the future.

by Carolyn Fausnaugh, Paul Waight, Karen Higginbottom & Chelsea Northrope

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Farm & Country Tourism on Your Property: Stage 1 Assessment Tool

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This project aimed to identify sites on the Victorian bank of the Murray River where community values indicate that either further conservation is desired or where development is acceptable. Since the region is under pressure from population and tourism growth and a diversity of land uses, the Victorian government is considering the use of public land and the appropriateness of access to commercial and community activities. In this study, questionnaire surveys were sent to a representative sample of residents, visitors and tour operators asking them to indicate their preferences for future development and show locations of a range of values including biological, scenic, economic, recreation, therapeutic and wilderness and sites for future tourism or residential growth. Spatial analysis of the survey data using GIS revealed the locations of particular importance. On the basis of modelling using these values, these locations were predicted to be national/state parks.

by Sharron L. Pfueller, Xuan Zhu, Paul Whitelaw, Caroline Winter

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Spatial Mapping of Community Values for Tourism Planning and Conservation in the Murray River Reserves, Victoria, Australia

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