Albany Trail Town Forum – 31 May

May 2, 2018 | Category =
MTB trail in Albany

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) are running a FREE community workshop with a keynote presentation from Chris Hughes who will be showcasing the best example of a Trail Town development in Australia – the Blue Derby Trails.

A Trail Town is “a population centre which has been assessed and accredited as a destination for its trails offering through the provision of high quality trails; outdoor experiences; trails related facilities/services; trail related businesses; and branding and signage” – WA Strategic Trails Blueprint 2017.

Trail Towns create jobs, grow regional economies and build communities. This has been demonstrated in numerous locations across the world and in some jurisdictions of Australia. However, whilst WA has extensive planning, business case and strategy development for establishing Trail Towns, there are no Trail Towns in this state!

The keynote presentation will be followed by two presentations that reflect on trail master planning in Western Australia, and a facilitated workshop that aims to identify the Great Southern’s unique trail offerings.

For those interested in learning more about best-practice trail design and construction, an optional Trail Building Workshop will be held in the afternoon, with a hands-on trail building session the next morning (Friday 1 June). Please note that places are limited for the trail building workshop and a registration fee of $55 (GST incl) applies for the theory workshop.

RSVP by 25 May. Register your attendance.

GSCORE at Camp Quaranup Open Day

October 16, 2017 | Category =
GSCORE Information Booth

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our “Outdoors October” contest at the Camp Quaranup Community Open Day.

Visitors to the Open Day were encouraged to visit the GSCORE Information Booth where they could pick up brochures and maps promoting all the amazing outdoor recreation activities, tours and attractions on offer in our region.

To celebrate “Outdoor October” visitors were encouraged to make a pledge to get outdoors this October and upload their entry to our Facebook contest page. Winners were drawn at random at the close of the Open Day with almost 40 prizes given away.

A selection of fantastic prizes were supplied by these awesome sponsors: SUPLime WA Stand-up Paddle Board School, South Coast Surfing Lessons, Albany Segway Tours, Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, and Kalgan Queen Cruises.

Congratulations to all the winners. You can view a selection of the pledge entries on our Facebook page.

Outdoors October Pledge
Hannah will be “Enjoying nature in the South West by walking, hiking and cycling”


Minister officially launches GSCORE

October 9, 2017 | Category =
Alannah MacTiernan archery

GSCORE was launched at Camp Quaranup on Friday 6 October by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Partners in the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) have welcomed the official launch of the initiative. The Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) are the joint supporters of the project.

GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons said the centre’s aim was to make the Great Southern the adventure capital of Australia and to increase the economic and social benefits of outdoor recreation for the region.

“It’s fitting that we officially launch GSCORE at Camp Quaranup in Albany,” Dr Lyons said. “Quaranup has been the site of student camps for over one hundred years. Our goal is to capitalise on the camp’s rich history and stunning location to position the Great Southern region as a destination for outdoor education and active leadership.”

GSDC Chair Ross Thornton said the project aligned with the strategic directions of the Commission. “We know the huge importance and further potential of tourism for the region,” Mr Thornton said. “GSCORE will open innovative avenues to grow that sector of the regional economy and provide jobs that are linked to appreciation and protection of the natural environment that we all value,” Mr Thornton said.

Albany Chamber of Commerce president Caroline Hayes said the organisation was delighted to see GSCORE’s early signs of progress. “We’re very pleased to be involved in this exciting initiative which is sure to showcase our fantastic region,” Ms Hayes said. “GSCORE will bring long-term benefits to tourism operators and other businesses.”

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