Is eco-tourism your thing? We are looking for students to undertake research into the potential for eco-tourism at the Jabiru Wetlands in Casino, NSW. Research could be undertaken largely by desktop with independent site visits. This project would suit students studying tourism or environmental science for example the Integrated Project (SCI00211).
Working on this project you will make a difference in Key Impact Area: Environment; Sustainable Development Goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11).
Time required: Not yet defined
Duration: Not yet defined
Requires face to face contact: No
Related unit codes: KIA: Environment; Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11)
1. To identify the tourism benefits the wetlands brings to the Casino Golf Club and the Casino Mini Rail and the flow on effects to the township of Casino and the wider community of the Richmond Valley.
2. Develop new ways to promote the wetlands and their potential as not only as a bird watching place but also from an eco-tourist possibility.
3. Look at ways to improve and boost tourist numbers; i.e. developing QR Codes, Free overnight camping, free Wi-Fi accessibility, signage, maps and so on. Develop new tourist information brochure.
4. Educate the local community as well as all tourists on the cultural significance of the wetlands to the Aboriginal community and the importance of this wetlands due to the proximity to a very significant Bora Ring that was destroyed in 1976.
A report that details the positives of rehabilitating the wetlands from an educational, cultural, environmental to promote tourism from not only bird watching groups but tourists from all walks of life and interests. Increase in tourist numbers to wetlands.
The Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands in Casino Northern NSW were developed in 1988 as a bicentennial project with an aim to support and preserve habitat primarily for native bird species and offered a viewing platform and an amphitheatre. While over 130 species of native, local and migratory birds utilise the site, over the years its condition has deteriorated with weed incursion and declining resources for maintenance. This project would help investigate how to incorporate this wetlands into an environmental, cultural educational tourist attraction.
Students would gain new skills by developing a tourist plan for the wetlands that benefits the neighbouring Golf Club and Mini-Rail to grow and develop further potential as a combined tourist attraction.
Skills Required: Sense of humour, ability to think outside the square. Time to commit to project and maybe attend at least one working bee if possible, to gain a better understanding of the site, its position in the town to determine what is needed.
Support from Southern Cross University is needed.