Thursday, 02 June 2011
Dr Helen Cripps, Lecturer in the School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure, has been commissioned by the Department of Transport to undertake research into the social and economic impact of Hillarys Boat Harbour.
A team of ECU students, working with Dr Cripps, have already begun collecting data by conducting face-to-face interviews at the harbour and via an online survey.
The research will provide information about the value of harbour activities, from recreational and commercial fishing to retailing, tourism and hospitality, and other activities such as swimming and boating.
As part of the research project a photographic competition will be held in September this year. To enter, participants will upload their favourite photograph of Hillarys and describe in 25 words or less what Hillarys means to them. Details of the competition will be available shortly on the Hillarys Boat Harbour website.
The data collected from the community, harbour stakeholders and business owners will be used in decision-making about the future development of the harbour and other proposed maritime infrastructure throughout WA.
Anyone who visits the popular local marina is being urged to participate in the research.The online survey will be available until the end of July.
All the data collected, including the submissions from the photographic competition will be compiled in a report, with the report being launched in November by the Department of Transport.