Outdoor Recreation Employment and Training Pathways

August 14, 2018 | Category =
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GSCORE was very excited to participate in the inaugural Denmark Employment, Education, and Training Expo on the 9th August 2018. The Expo provided an opportunity for students from the Denmark High School and Denmark Agricultural College to learn more about training and employment opportunities in the region.

Julia Scriven, GSCORE’s Training and Development Officer was on hand to talk about training pathways in outdoor recreation. She also spoke about her own work history, how she got involved in outdoor education, and why it is important to get more kids outdoors more often.

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Julia Scriven talk to students about jobs in the great outdoors

“Outdoor education is an important part of the curriculum. It develops a lifelong interest and passion for the environment and encourages healthy, active lifestyles,” she said.

“There are also some wonderful careers in the outdoors for students who have a particular passion for recreation activities. These include opportunities in tourism, sports development and coaching, outdoor education, and even mental health and community development.”

GSCORE is currently working on an outdoor training and employment pathway project. Contact us to find out more.

Expressions of Interest Sought for GSCORE Board Director

July 26, 2018 | Category =

Are you passionate about assisting regional communities to harness tourism as an economic driver of business and employment?

Do you have a mix of skills and experience that can help the Great Southern region become an adventure tourism destination?


You may be the person we are looking for!

GSCORE is conducting a recruitment process and seeking energetic, enthusiastic and committed applicants to join our Board of Directors.

The skills and experience that we are looking for include governance and strategic insight, revenue generation, marketing and public relations, and/or knowledge and experience in the technology sector.

To obtain an EOI package please contact GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons on (08) 9892 0113 or email: info@gscore.com.au.

For further information about the role, please contact GSCORE Board Chairperson, Ms Angela Simpson, angela.simpson@gsdc.wa.gov.au

Nominations must be received by close of business Friday, 17 August 2018.

GSCORE Board Celebrates 1st Birthday

July 18, 2018 | Category =
GSCORE First Birthday
GSCORE Board of Directors celebrate one year milestone

GSCORE’s Board of Directors today celebrated twelve months since the not-for-profit was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. Over the last year, Board Directors and staff have been working collectively to achieve our vision of positioning the Great Southern as a premier destination for adventure-based tourism that capitalises on our exceptional natural landscapes.

GSCORE aims to create a vibrant and sustainable outdoor recreation sector through the provision of innovative training, business support and strategic planning services. We are committed to providing leadership to the outdoor recreation industry and all our activities are underpinned by a commitment to our core values of excellence, environmental sustainability, social and cultural responsibility, and collaboration.

In celebrating the one year milestone at GSCORE’s AGM, Executive Director, Lenore Lyons, said: “Our work would not be possible without the support of our regional stakeholders. Your time, commitment and financial support are all being put to good use to build a stronger region. We thank you for being our champions in this endeavour, and we look forward to working with you to develop the Great Southern as Australia’s Adventure Capital”.


Albany set to become an accredited Trail Town

June 1, 2018 | Category =
Trail Town Forum Workshop

More than 100 people recently attended the Albany Trail Town Forum and practical workshops to explore the potential for Albany to develop as a trail town, which can create jobs, grow regional economies and build communities.

A key presentation at the forum featured Blue Derby Trails, a mountain bike trail network in Tasmania, regarded as the best trail town development in Australia. Since the trail opened in 2014, it has led to the stunning economic revival of Derby, a small town in Tasmania’s north-east.

Participants at the Albany forum were encouraged to have their say during interactive sessions on the types of trails they would like built in the Great Southern, including mountain biking, hiking, running, diving, kayaking and horse-riding.

The Great Southern is a prime location for an extensive multi-use trail network with existing trails and plenty of locations like the Stirling Range National Park waiting to be activated and utilised, according to GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons. Dr Lyons said the Trail Town strategy had proven successful in Tasmania, which, until then, had seen population numbers stagnating since 2006.

“With the development of trails for mountain bikes they’re seeing about 30,000 tourists per annum,” she said. “That’s millions of dollars of income to the region and across Tasmania.”

Participants at the Albany events, on 31 May and 1 June, were also given the opportunity to take part in a best practice trail design and construction workshop and a hands-on trail-building session at Camp Quaranup.

The forum and workshops were presented by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI).

Participants came from local and state governments, environmental and community groups, sporting clubs, tourism businesses and higher education institutions.

The photograph shows Rosie Smith, Dirty Feet Tours, and David Schober, Shire of Denmark, discussing trail running ideas in the interactive workshop.

Welcome Angela, Our chairperson is passionate about the outdoors!

September 7, 2017 | Category =
Angela Simpson kayaking

The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence has welcomed their inaugural board chairperson.

Angela Simpson, currently Regional Manager Community and Corporate at the Great Southern Development Commission, will head up the board of the new advocacy group. The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) was established to promote the growth of the outdoor recreation industry. Its mission is to provide leadership to the outdoor recreation industry in order to create a vibrant and sustainable outdoor recreation sector through the provision of innovative training, business support and strategic planning services.

“The outdoor and recreation industry has the opportunity to generate development on many fronts, including tourism and jobs,” said Ms Simpson. “The Great Southern is an amazing part of the world and we want to encourage locals and visitors to make the most of the region’s stunning natural landscape.”

A keen kayaker Ms Simpson says she consciously wanted to make the outdoor lifestyle part of her family’s identity as a way of handing on her passion for the outdoors. “Outdoor recreation is something I have always enjoyed doing with my family and it has become part of our lives. I believe this is how we foster a love for the amazing outdoors in the next generation.”

Angela and her family return to the Great Southern after a career working in Western Australia’s north, in Queensland and countries such as Fiji, the Philippines and Solomon Islands.

GSCORE is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Great Southern Development Commission and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It has been partially funded through Royalties for Regions for a three-year implementation phase (2017 – 2020).

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