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Progress Village

Outdoor Recreation Management Specialist and 

Project Planning and Evaluation Consultant

Leah Stevenson

PhD research project

Leah recently submitted her PhD thesis with James Cook University, Cairns. The research project aimed to improve the management of outdoor recreation areas near townships by identifying key social, economic and environmental approaches most relevant to outdoor recreation.

The research project included developing an integrated sustainability, health promotion, and leisure research framework for the outdoor recreation setting. The project involved applying this framework to a case study area to better understand how to balance community needs with tourism. The case study area was the walking, mountain biking trails and multi-use trails in Herberton Range State Forest and Baldy Mountain State Reserve near the township of Atherton, QLD, Australia. The project comprising three studies: first, a trail user study exploring attributes and attitudes of trail users; second, a community study identifying community attitudes towards adventure and special interest tourism; the third, an environmental study monitoring trail use and for trail sustainability.

Off Camber Mountain Biking

Leah also owns Off Camber Mountain Biking on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. As a mountain biking coach, Leah sees first-hand mountain biking trail user behaviour and how this can affect the sustainability of trails. She also uses the opportunity to discuss low impact outdoor recreation with her clients. Leah loves coaching her clients because she understands the importance of healthy living by staying physically active, achieving personal goals, and spending time in nature.


PhD Candidate (Environmental Studies)

Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Graduate Diploma Secondary Education (Biology)

Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)

Cert IV Outdoor Recreation (Leadership)

Cert IV Trainer Assessor

Mountain biking coach- MTBA & BICP.