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Demographic Trends and Likely Futures for Australia's Tropical Rivers

TitleDemographic Trends and Likely Futures for Australia's Tropical Rivers
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCarson, D, Taylor, A, Campbell, S
Date Published09/2009
InstitutionCharles Darwin University
ISBN Number978-1-921576-14-0
KeywordsNorthern Australia, Regional economic development, Remote demography, Remote tourism, TRaCK, tropical rivers

This report profiles the changing nature of the resident and visitor populations in Australia’s tropical river catchment areas (collectively the ‘TRaCK region’). Demographic changes are examined in terms of mobility and temporariness, age, gender and Indigeneity and whether trends observed in the past ten or fifteen years are likely to be carried forward in the next ten or fifteen years, and how this might influence the population makeup well into the 21st century. From tourism perspective numbers and types of visitors are profiled along with the nature of the trips common to the region. The supply side of tourism is assessed for its ability to meet the expectations of changing and evolving tourism markets. The application of this research is to inform assessments about and the planning for future human, economic and environmental scenarios for the region in conjunction with other research streams being conducted under the TRaCK banner to support river and estuary management in northern Australia (see