Holiday home owner feedback needed for UWA study

Holiday home owners in the region are being asked to take part in a UWA research survey focusing on the potential benefits of holiday homes on the agriculture sector.
Holiday home owners in the region are being asked to take part in a UWA research survey focusing on the potential benefits of holiday homes on the agriculture sector.

Holiday home owners in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are being called upon to help University of Western Australia (UWA) researchers looking at how holiday home tourism could help the region's agriculture industry.

Associate Professor Adam Czarnecki and Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie at the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment are studying whether holiday-home tourists' demand for food products may contribute to the diversification of local agricultural production in rural areas of WA.

Professor Czarnecki said the survey was for research purposes only, and all data collected would be kept anonymous.

"At UWA I am conducting an 11-month project on relations between holiday-home tourism and agriculture in WA," he said.

"An integral and crucial part of my project is the survey which was conducted in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River last January. I have been continuing my study trying to attract some new respondents willing to fill in my online questionnaire in order to improve my survey's response rate."

The main purpose of the study, to be carried out in Margaret River and Denmark, is to examine whether second-home tourism - through holiday-home owners' purchases, preferences and willingness to pay for various goods - may contribute to the diversification of the local agricultural production and to support sustainable development in rural communities.

To take part in the survey, visit https://forms.gle/YsP2hpUsmUL2UqXn9