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Whitsunday Regional Council commissioned a scenic amenity study for the region and engaged consultants Cardno to map and assess the scenic values and varied landscape character using a standard state-wide method, to help identify the features of importance to our community. As part of this process, Council carried out community consultation to help rank scenic preferences of the region.
The Whitsunday region is renowned for its spectacular scenery and its diversity of natural, coastal and rural landscapes. The scenic values of these landscape types require mapping, with input from the regional community regarding people's preferences for various combinations of landscape features, visual elements and levels of development.
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method assessing scenic amenity
The assessment of scenic amenity was undertaken using the Scenic Amenity Method in the South East Queensland Regional Plan "Implementation Guideline No 8', Identifying and protecting scenic amenity values", which is now used widely in Queensland. This method maps 'scenic amenity' as a GIS combination of Visual Exposure (ie. visibility from roads and public places, based on topography) and Scenic Preference (community-based ratings of public preferences, assessed in survey sessions which rank selected photographs) and is a useful tool for planning in the region.