GSCORE Board appoints new Chairperson

February 24, 2019 | Category =
GSCORE Board Director Greg Mair

Mr Greg Mair was recently appointed the new Chairperson of GSCORE’s Board of Directors.

Greg is the South Coast Regional Manager for the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. He has had a long career with State government agencies and has had postings in Walpole, Kirup, Manjimup, Busselton and Bunbury. While the area manager at Walpole Greg was a member of the project team involved in the development of the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.

A passionate advocate for outdoor recreation activities, Greg has been actively involved in athletics and yachting and has State and National achievements in both sports. He was the Commodore of the Walpole Yacht Club and Secretary of the Geographe Bay Sailing Club at Busselton. These days the fitness pursuit is more aligned to walking the many trails around Albany.

“I strongly believe that getting people out into the natural environment has beneficial outcomes for both their well-being and their greater appreciation, respect and valuing of it”, he said.

Greg replaces outgoing Chairperson, Ms Angela Simpson. “Angela played a key role in the establishment of GSCORE as the inaugural Chairperson. Her work on the Board has contributed to the success of the organisation and has undoubtedly placed us in a strong position to achieve the goals and initiatives outlined in our Strategic Plan,” Greg said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Directors to achieve our vision of making the Great Southern region Western Australia’s premier adventure destination.”

Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan Project Coordinator Appointed

February 18, 2019 | Category =

The development of new recreation trails across the Great Southern is gaining momentum with the appointment of a full-time project coordinator – Karl Hansom – to oversee its development. Karl’s appointment is a key moment in enabling GSCORE to develop a Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

Karl Hansom is excited to be starting in the role and looking forward to developing the Regional Trails Master Plan. “The Great Southern region has outstanding landscapes suited to a diversity of trail activities, and I am looking forward to ensuring that our region develops world class trails, suited to different user groups,” he said.

“The aim of the Regional Trails Master Plan is to develop ‘shovel-ready’ plans for a number of priority projects which can be constructed as soon as possible.” The project has already begun working work with eleven local governments in the Great Southern as well as key local agencies and user groups to develop a ten-year plan for trail development.

Phase One of the project involves an inventory and gap analysis of current and planned trails in the region. During the next two months GSCORE will conduct extensive community consultation with stakeholders across the Great Southern.

Karl has a Natural Resource Management background managing biodiversity projects on Western Australia’s South Coast for the last nine years. Prior to that he has coordinated school and community education projects with the Department of Environment, and has managed projects involving conservation trainees. Karl knows that a benefit of living in the Great Southern is the amazing choice of outdoor environments and activities which he shares with his family. Camping, hiking and canoeing are favourites of this family!

This project is funded by Lotterywest, with matching funding support from all eleven local governments in the Great Southern region, as well as the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Ms Kerry Fry

January 9, 2019 | Category =

Kerry Fry has recently joined the GSCORE Board of Directors as the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) representative. Kerry is the Director of Firm Vision Advisory, a business advisory firm specialising in turn-around management and business improvement and the Business Director for WA Insolvency Solutions a division of Jirsh Sutherland. As an accounting analysis and investigative accountant she has worked with businesses across a wide variety of sectors, from small, medium and family-run companies to large and ASX-listed corporations.

Kerry is passionate about developing an environmental and economical sustainable adventure based outdoor recreation market in the Great South region in WA. A keen camper and bushwalker Kerry has had the privilege of growing up in Albany and continues to explore and be enchanted by the naturally beautiful landscapes the region has to offer.

We are recruiting: Project Coordinator – Trails Master Plan

December 7, 2018 | Category =

Exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Coordinator to join our team for a fixed term contract to assist in recreational trail planning for the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The position is responsible for coordinating day-to-day operational management and implementation of all activities pertaining to the development of a Regional Trails Master Plan.

Skills & Experience
• Minimum five years’ or equivalent project management experience, preferably in a trail related context
• Experience in coordinating and leading community consultation sessions using a variety of methods
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with proven community liaison, negotiation and conflict resolution skills in conjunction with a strong customer focus
• Good written and verbal communication skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Ability to think creatively and strategically to maximise the delivery of the project.
• Ability to organise and prioritise a varied workload, and work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
• Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline and/or experience working in a relevant field.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Assist in the preparation of a Trails Master Plan, including an audit of all existing trails and planned trails in the region and a gap analysis and evaluation of trail needs; and the development of Business Cases and Concept Plans for priority projects
• Develop a stakeholder and community engagement strategy, including promotion and media liaison; and coordinate and facilitate community consultation sessions
• Prepare project plans, manage the project budget and allocate resources effectively
• Liaise with external consultants in the delivery of project components

• Start ASAP
• 12-month contract position
• Salary $75k negotiable plus 9.5% superannuation
• Australian citizens or permanent residents only

How to Apply
Please review the Job Description. For further information please contact GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons on 08 9892 0113.
Closing date: 11 January 2019. Your application should include a 2-page cover letter which addresses the Selection Criteria; and an up-to-date resume of now more than five pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role.

GSCORE Annual Report shows strong achievement

October 1, 2018 | Category =

The newly released GSCORE Annual Report 2017-2018 reports strong operational achievements to support the growth and development of the outdoor recreation sector in the Great Southern.

The report showcases the Centre’s progress towards the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan. GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons said, “Our mission is to provide leadership to the outdoor recreation industry in the Great Southern. We aim to create a vibrant and sustainable outdoor recreation sector through the provision of innovative training, business support and strategic planning services. The report reviews the full portfolio of activities, highlighting the Centre’s impressive achievements in its first year of operation, and provides a comprehensive dashboard on progress towards our 2020 goals”.

Key elements of the report:

  • GSCORE’s vision for the region
  • Progress against our 2020 targets
  • Detailed descriptions of activities in our six core areas of operation – promotion, business support, training, advocacy, research and product development


In releasing the Annual Report, GSCORE Chairperson, Angela Simpson 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”.

Download a copy of the GSCORE Annual Report 2017_2018.

Outdoor Recreation Employment and Training Pathways

August 14, 2018 | Category =
gscore training

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.

Julia outdoor employment
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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