Recreation Access to Land Phase 2b: Development of a Hypothetical Scenario Workshop on Managing Recreation Access to Land in Western Australia

Research Report


Right to Roam


Dr Michael Hughes, Professor Marian Tye



This report outlines findings for Phase 2b of the walking based recreation access to land in Western Australia (WA) project.

Phase 1 of the study found that land access issues are mainly influenced by complex, changing policy and management regimes, especially where access involves more than one jurisdiction. Phase 2a identified a perception by bushwalkers that recreation access is being restricted due to both these complexities and inconsistent implementation of policy by public land managers.

Land managers in WA are faced with multiple responsibilities and objectives for land management together with competing demand for land use by different community groups. The research identified a need for a method to aid in clarifying policy, management and relationships between land managers, to facilitate greater certainty for recreation access to public land. Phase 2b involved developing a workshop, based on a hypothetical scenario of accessing land for recreational purpose, in an attempt to find a suitable method. The report is a summary of that process.

How to cite:

Hughes, M. & Tye, M. (2013). Recreation access to land Phase 2b: Development of a hypothetical scenario workshop on managing recreation access to land in Western Australia. Report for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA. Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, Perth, Western Australia.


This report was undertaken in partnership with the Curtin Business School’s Tourism Research Cluster, Curtin University, and funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation WA.