"It is time to cry for our beloved coastline. Greed, ignorance, insensitivity and downright wilful destruction by developers and their rush to exploit areas of natural beauty have already led to the despoliation of vast stretches of the east Australian coast...
...If you still think of Australia, the island continent, as a land of isolated pristine beaches between rugged headlands jutting into the sea, you are living in the past."
J. Glascott, 'We are Killing our Coastline', in COURIER-MAIL, Wednesday, March 25, 1981, p.4.
This plaintive cry, and many echoing its sentiments, are becoming more obvious in the media at a time when the Queensland coastal environment is being realized as a leisure resource.
That the quality of leisure available is determined by the appearance of surroundings was a basic premise through which this study evolved. The purpose of this thesis has been to establish the house at the beach as being fundamental to the visual quality of that environment.
The broad issues concerning the future of the Queensland coast are extremely complex. Political, socio-economic and environmental factors must all be considered in determining the future role of the house in the coastal environment. This study has concerned itself only with the visual form of the house as one of the issues which will determine the future of the Queensland coastal environment.
An examination of literature pointed to regionalism as the means by which the house would be studied and, in analysing the field, regional characteristics were established. The distinctive visual qualities which typify any one of the regions were assessed in light of the environments they created. That these qualities of imagery be used again to produce leisure environments of traditional character along the Queensland coast was a notion basic to the formulation of this thesis.
To define methods for the maintenance of regional character was the intention of this study. The recommendations which emanate from the main body of the text aim at preserving the array of holiday types available on the Queensland Coast by maintaining an equivalent array of visual environments. In this way the true value of leisure may be realized by all who seek its benefits at Queensland's beaches.