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Statutory and Planning Environment

Tourism involves a complex interaction between a variety of sectors including economic development, infrastructure development, transport, protected area management, community development, sport and recreation, heritage management and hospitality. For this reason, the industry is faced with a wide range of planning and environmental regulations and frameworks. Strong public / private sector partnerships are essential to providing the tourism industry with the opportunity to influence and inform tourism policy and planning and provide the certainty needed to encourage investment. Read more
Tourism involves a complex interaction between a variety of sectors including economic development, infrastructure development, transport, protected area management, community development, sport and recreation, heritage management and hospitality. For this reason, the industry is faced with a wide range of planning and environmental regulations and frameworks. Strong public / private sector partnerships are essential to providing the tourism industry with the opportunity to influence and inform tourism policy and planning and provide the certainty needed to encourage investment.

 

Partnerships between industry, the community and government can play an important role in:

 

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    There are over 175 Acts in Australia relating to tourism. Understanding the statutory and planning environment is essential for long term sustainability. The STCRC report ‘The Legal Basis for State and Territory Tourism Planning’ provides a summary of relevant tourism legislation.

  • Ensuring that planning and development for tourism is aligned with the needs of all stakeholders including residents, visitors, industry and government;
  • Attracting private investment to a destination requires a planning and regulatory environment that addresses issues such as regulatory barriers, taxation and multi-layered approval and decision making processes;
  • The development of tourism master plans for a destination to provide the necessary zoning and development opportunities for investment in tourism facilities and precincts;
  • The incorporation of tourism considerations into design guidelines for transport planning, land-use planning, precinct development and zoning. Noosa provides a best practice example of a region that was able to partner with government to inform the development of appropriate land-use planning and development controls to ensure the preservation of the destination’s tourism character and appeal;

 

The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) has examined both the ingredients of successful public / private partnerships for sustainable tourism and the legal basis for tourism planning. Further information on the public sector role in tourism development can be found in the ‘Public Infrastructure’ section while information on private sector investment is provided in the Private Infrastructure and Investment’ section.

 

The STCRC have also explored adaptive and mitigation strategies for the tourism industry to respond to climate change policies and regulations, culminating in the EarthCheck building and precinct planning, design and operating programs. Implications of climate change policies include mandatory restrictions, carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes. Further information on the STCRC’s research into climate change and tourism in Australia can be found under Climate Change.


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