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Diversity, trends, opportunities and challenges in Australian grasslands – meeting the sustainability and productivity imperatives of the future?

  • Authors: Bell, LW, Hayes, RC, Pembleton, KG, Waters, CM
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Grassland production systems contribute 40% to Australia’s gross agricultural production value and utilise over 50% of its land area. Across this area a broad diversity of systems exist, but these…

Infrastructure to improve beef business outcomes in the Queensland Gulf

  • Authors: Broad, KC, English, BH, Gunther, RA, Hegarty, ES, Rolfe, JW, Bray, SG
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

There are significant economic and environmental issues impacting on the short and long term viability of family-run breeding enterprises in the Queensland Gulf. Falling cattle prices and increased business costs…

Do multi-paddock systems increase evenness of grazing at the paddock scale?

  • Authors: Cowley, RA, White, IA, Hearnden, MH, Hunt, LP, Petty, SP, Symes, L
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

There is ongoing debate about the benefits of multi-paddock rotationally grazed systems compared to continuous grazing (Briske et al. 2008). One of the purported benefits of high density short duration…

Systematic management of stocking rates improves performance of northern Australian cattle properties in a variable climate

  • Authors: Pahl, LI, Scanlan, JC, Whish, GL, Cowley, RA, MacLeod, ND
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The risks for extensive cattle properties in the rangelands of northern Australia arising from high inter-annual rainfall variability are predominantly managed through adjustments in stocking rates (SR). This modelling study…

PROGARDESTM: a legume for tropical/subtropical semi-arid clay soils

  • Authors: Gardiner, C, Kempe, N, Hannah, I, McDonald, J
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The range of available sown pasture legumes for the vast heavy clay soil regions of northern Australia has long been regarded as being deficient (Burt 1993; Jones and Clem 1997;…

Case Study: Conservative stocking on the Fitzroy River floodplain; Jubilee Downs and Quanbun Downs, central Kimberley Western Australia

  • Authors: Ryan, K, Huey, AM, Novelly, P, Anderson, K.
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Keith and Karen Anderson and family run a breeder operation on Jubilee Downs and Quanbun Downs in the Fitzroy Valley of Western Australia (18°21' S, 125°18'E) . These adjacent pastoral…

Impacts of projected climate change on pasture growth and safe carrying capacities for three extensive grazing land regions in northern Australia

  • Authors: Whish, GL, Cowley, RA, Pahl, LI, Scanlan, JC, MacLeod, ND
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The northern beef industry is a major component of the regional economies of Queensland, Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, and has contributed an estimated $5 billion to Australia’s economy…

Balancing the blend - tourist motivations, experiences, and satisfaction at remote World Heritage Areas: The case of Australia's Riversleigh Fossil site

  • Author: Breakey, Noreen M
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2011

World Heritage listing aims to provide protection for the precious natural and cultural sites on Earth. Listing can also increase awareness and visitation, particularly as 'presentation' is a tenant of…

Ground cover monitoring for Australia - establishing a nationally coordinated approach to ground cover mapping

  • Authors: Stewart, JB., Rickards, JE., Bordas, VM., Randall, LA., Thackway, RM.
  • Published: 2011

Ground cover is the vegetation, biological crusts and stones in contact with the soil surface. It has a significant impact on the amount of soil redistributed or lost through wind…

Assessing the preferences of campers along the Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia

  • Authors: Hughes, Michael, Lewis, Anna
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2011

This study compares remote campers' preferences for campsite attributes along the Ningaloo Reef coast, Western Australia. The foundation of this study is drawn from Schafer's (1969) study which argues that…

Regional planning and resilient futures: Destination modelling and tourism development - 'The case of the Ningaloo Coastal region in Western Australia'

  • Authors: Jones, Tod, Glasson, John, Wood, David
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

The regional scale of planning is increasingly being seen as an appropriate scale for the planning and management of more sustainable development, including tourism planning often through the concept of…

The limits to inter-business collaboration in remote tourism regions: The implications of a case study in northern Australia

  • Author: Tremblay, Pascal
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

The paper questions the nature of inter-business collaboration in tourism and assesses critically perspectives that seem to take for granted that greater collaboration is necessarily beneficial to tourism destination systems,…

Using complex adaptive systems to investigate Aboriginal-tourism relationships in Purnululu National Park: Exploring the role of capital

  • Authors: Strickland-Munro, Jennifer, Moore, Susan A, Allison, Helen
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

Resource management systems such as national parks are complex and dynamic with strong interdependencies between their human and ecological components. Their management has become more difficult as scale, impacts and…

iVisit: An information exchange tool for self-drive tourists in remote Australia

  • Authors: Carson, Dean, Schmallegger, Doris, Thompson, Graham, Jones, Roy, Pilgrim, Alan
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2009

Recent research has identified the need for the development of a comprehensive in-vehicle information system for independent self-drive travellers (iVisit) in regional and remote Australia. The purpose of iVisit is…

Planning and Development of Community Based Tourism: Bird Watching Destinations

  • Author: Harwood, S
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2008

This paper examines the concept of community based tourism (CBT) to determine its potential in the planning and development of destinations for bird watching. There are two approaches used to…

Connecting the sustainable livelihoods approach and Tourism: A Review of the Literature toward integrative thinking

  • Authors: Shen, F, Hughey, K, Simmons, D
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2008

Tourism has been increasingly used for, and directly linked with, rural poverty reduction in developing countries. However, the application, and to an extent the principles, of the widely used organising…

Walking an epistemological tightrope – the challenges of conducting funded indigenous tourism enterprise research

  • Author: Gale, D
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2008

This paper is about how I and why I came to conduct the research the way I did. As a non-Indigenous person conducting funded research to identify the factors that…

Matching motivations and activities for 4WD club members and the implications for developing desert 4WD tourism

  • Authors: Coghlan, A, Prideaux, B
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2008

Approximately 18% of Australia can be classed as desert and about 66% of the continent receives an annual rainfall of less than 500mm, classifying it as arid or semi-arid land.…

Climate Change Experiences in Northern Australia - Health, Adaptation, Fire Management and Global Relevance

  • Author: Galloway McLean, Kirsty
  • Published: 2008

This book contains the proceedings of an International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change - a collaborative effort between Charles Darwin University (CDU), the United Nations University –…

It’s all good: Implications of environment choice by domestic 4WD travellers in Australia

  • Authors: Taylor, A, Carson, D
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2007

Despite mounting evidence suggesting a growing market overall and a widespread desire for experiential trips centred on the ambient attributes of environments, very little is known about the preferences of…

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