4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2001  
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Results of an ABS survey of the leisure activities of Tasmanians have recently been published in Leisure and Cultural Participation, Tasmania, October 2000 (ABS Cat. no. 4904.6; $18.50). Information was collected on participation in selected outdoor activities and attendance at cultural activities and events by Tasmanians aged 15 years and over in the 12 months to October 2000.

An estimated 42% of Tasmanians participated in at least one of the surveyed outdoor recreation activities in the 12 month period. The overall participation rate for the surveyed outdoor activities was significantly higher for males (47%) than females (39%). The most popular of the outdoor recreation activities were bushwalking (with a participation rate of 24%) and freshwater fishing (15%).

An estimated 57% of Tasmanians attended a cultural activity or event in the 12 months to October 2000. Attendance at cultural activities was more popular amongst women: 63% of women attended compared with 51% of men. Attendance rates were highest for museum visits (33%), art gallery visits (28%).