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News - Outdoor recreation contributes over $2.1 Billion to WA economy

22-Jul-2019

The economic contribution of Western Australia's nature-based outdoor recreation sector.

$2.1 Billion spend in the WA economy

18,500 direct and indirect jobs

$208 Million in saved healthcare costs a year

For the first time we can see a clear picture of the significant value that the outdoor sector plays in Western Australia. This Marsden Jacobs Associates report commissioned by SkillsIQ with local support from Outdoors WA provides a clearer understanding of the impact of the nature-based outdoor recreation sector on WA's economy.

This report shows that the Western Australian nature based outdoor activity sector is a larger part of the Western Australian economy than most of us realise.

Around $2.1 billion is spent each year on nature-based outdoor activities in Western Australia. This expenditure makes a $1.5 billion contribution to the state’s economy and supports around 18,500 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 Western Australian economy worth at least $208 million a year, and $326 million in other recreation benefits for people living in Western Australia. For reasons discussed in the report, these estimates more likely underestimate than overestimate the benefits of nature-based outdoor activity in Western Australia

Download the WA report here:

Western Australia's Nature Based Outdoor Economy Report

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A quantitative evaluation was conducted to establish a picture of this sector, covering both participation across activities and also the economics of the sector in relation to employment, expenditure, and Gross Value-Add (GVA).

This report establishes an important body of evidence which underpins the importance of ensuring the development of a skilled workforce to support participation in nature-based outdoor activities.







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