Christopher Warren MSc. PhD Candidate
founder and senior consultant for sustainable & responsible tourist accommodation
Tel: +61 (0)2 4465 1408

The plight of our dairy farmers is a threat to our pastoral landscapes

the romantistism of our pastoral heritage landscapes - enjoyed by us all, made possible by our farmers

Visitors and communities love their countryside but it is only kept as beautiful pastoral views by the good grace of the farmers. If we want pleasing views and not heavy industrialised farming then we need to pay the true price of milk (and other produce) so the scenic values become more resilient. The current threat to British dairy farmers, where milk is sold for less than the cost of production, is similar to Australia. It demonstrates that the modern supply chain is not sustainable; it threatens the viability of farmers and our Agri-Culture.

Building rural tourism from the bottom-up

For economic and social sustainability reasons we need to rethink the way tourism is developed in Australia. The following summary points reflect my argument that we need to build truism from the bottom up, empower local communities to use tourism to conserve rural Australia’s culture (full paper attached below). Tourism practitioners now have the opportunity of contributing to the Tourism Expenditure Taskforce.

Greener Holidays becoming mainstream stories

It is interesting to note that a mainstream media channel in Australia reported a greener destination experience this weekend. Written not as a quirky option for a few 'Greenies' but as alternative that might appeal to anyone. Sydney Morning Herald - How Green Is My Valley.

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