Recreation Access to Land Phase 2: Interstate Review of Bushwalking Access in Australia and a Survey of WA Bushwalkers and DEC Land Managers

Research Report

Project:

Right to Roam

Authors:

Dr Michael Hughes, Professor Marian Tye, Dr Dianne Costello

Published:

2012

Results from an interstate review of walking access policy and management circumstances in Australia clearly show issues relating to land access for recreation in other states. An online survey of recreation users and land managers’ views on walking access to land in WA specifically, reveals a significant issue relating to the management of bushwalking and other types of access that revolves around inconsistent governance related aspects of communication, decision making and a politically driven top down approach to management, despite positive experiences recorded at the individual level. Key challenges to be met moving forward as well as bushwalker and DEC comparative responses regarding their interactions, land access and management experiences (both positive and negative), and suggested solutions are outlined.

How to cite:

Hughes, M., Tye, M., and D. Costello. Recreation Access to Land Phase 2: Interstate Review of Bushwalking Access in Australia and a Survey of WA Bushwalkers and DEC Land Managers. A report for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA, Perth. September 2012.