With the uncertainty of the extractive industry and to the negative impacts on economic, social and environmental impacts to the regional host communities, it is important to identify other potential income generating activities, that could be supplementary to existing industries in regional Australia. For the resource regions of Queensland, Australia, a large body of research has been devoted to the impact of mining on regional communities. However, research on new economic development opportunities such as tourism in mining regions is limited. Therefore, it is important to identify potential income generating activities to supplement existing industries in regional Australia. This will make regional Australia less reliant on traditional growth engines such as mining.

The aim of this study is to examine the role of natural amenities on regional tourism development in Australian mining regions with cross-regional spill-over effects across geographical and economic boundaries. The study will be based on data from seventy-four Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Queensland. This will be achieved through developing a spatial econometric model for tourism with several matrices, which reflect the neighbourhood structure. This study will develop two cross-sectional spatial econometric models for 2006 and 2011 to reflect two snapshots of mining performance.

Advisors: Prof Neil Sipe, Assoc Prof Alicia Rambaldi

Project members

Niromi Naranpanawa


PhD Graduate - conferred March 2019