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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Coastal Tourism - A Manual for Sustainable Development

Based on a draft paper prepared by Southern Cross University
Portfolio Marine Group, Environment Australia, 1997
ISBN 0 642 27129 1


This project was funded as part of the Commonwealth coastal program by Environment Australia (Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories).

Environment Australia thanks the team from Southern Cross University who wrote the two documents that provided the content for this document, namely, Coastal Tourism: Guiding Principles for Sustainable Development and Environmental Guidelines for Tourism Planning and Management in the Coastal Zone of Australia. In particular, Environment Australia would like to thank Professor Gary Prosser, Centre for Tourism, and Dr Derrin Davis, Stephanie Knox and Katrina Luckie, Centre for Coastal Management.

Southern Cross University thanks the substantial number of people who freely gave their time, expertise and ideas by attending workshops, writing submissions or discussing the issues to be considered.

Environment Australia also thanks the members of the Steering Committee for their valuable contributions to this project. The Steering Committee included Isabel Sebastian and Margot Sallows (Tourism Council Australia), Lisa Florian and Sachi Wimmer (Australian Local Government Association), Ed Wensing (Royal Australian Planning Institute), Maria Simonelli and Lis van Papenrecht (Environment Australia) and Susan Buller, Mary Kershaw and Elspeth Campbell (Office of National Tourism).

The outcome of this project has been substantially shaped and moulded by the valuable and often insightful comments provided on the draft documents. Environment Australia thanks all those who provided written submissions. Their names are listed at the back of this manual.

Special thanks go to Dermot Smyth who provided text and comments on the Indigenous components of this manual.

Environment Australia also thanks Green Words for their valuable contribution to this project. This involved amalgamation of the two original documents written by Southern Cross University, and substantial reorganisation and editing of that material to take into account the large number of valuable and constructive comments received.