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dc.contributor.authorLeahy, Petaen_US
dc.contributor.authorLemckert, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.editorC Finkleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T10:36:46Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T10:36:46Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2008-07-16T01:24:53Z
dc.identifier.issn07490208en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/17927
dc.description.abstractAustralia has more than 70,000 kilometres of coastline, 7000 km of those in Queensland. The beach has long occupied a special place in the Australian identity. The beaches are not only important to the Australian people but they are also a highly valuable tourist resource and with the number of tourists visiting the Gold Coast steadily increasing each year, determining their carrying capacity is an essential factor for their effective use and management. This study explored the concept of social carrying capacity, as well as the way Gold Coast beaches are used by locals and visitors. For the social carrying capacity concepts, several user counts using beach web camera images and more than 160 personal interviews were conducted at four different Gold Coast beaches, exploring coastal perception and beach usage. Preliminary results have revealed details including that while the majority of people surveyed thought beach crowds were perfect in their current state, 79% of the remaining respondents indicated carrying capacity had already been exceeded; that is that with Gold Coast beaches were perceived as either over-crowded or that they could do with fewer people. Through the analysis of interviews with beach users during April, 2006 and previously with University students in 2005, this paper explores the perception of beach users, with the aim of creating an understanding of their behaviour and attitudes and liasing with them in future planning and management processes used by local councils.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCoastal Education & Research Foundationen_US
dc.publisher.placeUSAen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.cerf-jcr.org/en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom21en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto24en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Coastal Researchen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume50en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode300803en_US
dc.titleBeach carrying capacity: Has it been exceeded on the Gold Coast?en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Engineeringen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2007 CERF. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2007
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