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Estimating the nonmarket economic benefits of beach resource management in southeast Queensland, Australia

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Jill Windle, John Rolfe
Policy makers are assisted by information on the cost and benefits of different beach management options in deciding where public investment is best directed and assessing the relative merits of different available options. This is important in Southeast Queensland, where there are major beach areas at the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, as well as in Moreton Bay adjacent to the city of Brisbane. Stated preference experiments have been conducted with a survey of Brisbane residents to evaluate two key issues. The first was to explore the relative importance of providing public facilities and services at beaches in well populated areas in southeast Queensland, with a choice modelling experiment applied for this purpose. The second was to assess the economic value associated with managing the problem of substantial beach erosion in southeast Queensland, with a contingent valuation experiment conducted to identify if there was community support for remediation actions. The results demonstrate the importance to Brisbane residents of access to and services at beaches, however the heterogeneity in preferences that has been identified combined with the availability of substitute sites would suggest that a focused strategy to beach resource management be adopted.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

21

Issue

1

Start Page

65

End Page

82

Number of Pages

18

eISSN

2159-5356

ISSN

1448-6563

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

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