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Australian report values nature-based outdoor economy

Topics: Building Communities,Human Wellbeing | Comments

1D3_3209In the Australian state of Victoria, many Victorians say our nature-based outdoor-oriented lifestyle is a key part of Victoria’s quality of life and social character. However, viewing nature-based outdoor activity merely as a leisure or lifestyle issue can obscure its economic importance.

Around $7.4 billion is spent each year on nature-based outdoor activities in Victoria. This expenditure makes a $6.2 billion contribution to Victoria’s economy, and supports around 71,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs. Many nature-based outdoor activities support regional economies by shifting expenditure from urban to regional towns and cities and rural areas.

Nature-based outdoor activities provide avoided healthcare system cost benefits to the Victorian economy worth at least $265 million a year, and $455 million in other recreation benefits for Victorians. For reasons we discuss in this report, these estimates more likely underestimate than overestimate the benefits of nature-based outdoor activity in Victoria.

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