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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.

Extraordinary Experiences Mentoring Program

July 20, 2018 | Category =
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Do you have a great idea for a tourism business?

Are you looking to expand your tourism business into new markets?

Do you want to learn how to harness the power of customer emotions to grow your business?

The “Turning Good Ideas into Extraordinary Experiences” mentoring program will help new and existing tourism business owners to take their tourism product and turn it into an awe-inspiring, positive, word-of-mouth, holiday-of-a-lifetime experience.

In this 12-week mentoring program, you will work with tourism industry professionals to create memorable tourism products. Through workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions you will address the following topics:

  • Customer emotions – how do they FEEL about your product?
  • Stimulating the five senses
  • What is your “WOW!” moment?
  • Who is your ideal customer?
  • Developing “buyer personas”
  • What stories best connect with your customers?
  • Using different storytelling techniques to capture your customer’s imagination

Supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the ANZ Seeds Fund, this mentoring program is open to business owners (or aspiring business owners) whose business activities are based in the hinterland shires of the Great Southern (Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet, Woodanilling).

The program begins 20 August 2018 and runs for 12 weeks. Participants must commit to attending three half-day face-to-face workshops and six mentoring sessions (telephone and/or video-conferencing).

Places in the program are limited and participants will be selected through a competitive process. To register your interest in participating in the program, please complete the attached GSCORE_Experience_Mentoring_Program_Application_Form.

Applications close 5pm on 3 August 2018.

To find out more about the program, please contact Dr Lenore Lyons, GSCORE Executive Director on (08) 9892 0113 or info@gscore.com.au.

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.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal program to support regional tourism development

February 8, 2018 | Category =

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced funding to support the development of new tourism products in regional towns across the Great Southern.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Seeds of Renewal Program funded by ANZ, administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and supported by Lenovo, aims to encourage initiatives that help to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

This year, 26 groups across Australia will share in more than $250,000 in funding.

The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) has received a grant of $10,000 to support new tourism businesses across the region.

This project will develop and deliver a 12-week Mentoring Program for tourism businesses based in regional towns in the Great Southern. The aim of the project is to assist business owners to turn the kernel of a good idea into an extraordinary tourism experience.

GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons, said the project will deliver workshops and training sessions that assist new and aspiring regional tour and activity businesses.

“This program aims to support business owners based in small regional communities such as Bremer Bay, Mount Barker, Denmark and Kojonup, who have limited access and opportunity to attend formal training programs,” she said.

“Most tourism training and development programs are run in larger centres such as Albany. Small business owners rarely have the time or resources to travel to attend these activities. We will use the ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to deliver training in regional towns where business owners will benefit from it the most.”

Ms Sarah Lang, ANZ Bank’s Regional Executive for WA South said, “Regional prosperity relies on organisations driving initiatives to provide education opportunities to those in regional communities to benefit local businesses and drive key industries”.

“GSCORE’s project will assist local business owners in some of our smaller regional communities in the Great Southern to drive tourism in the often overlooked areas of WA that provide a unique tourism experience,” she said.

Media Contact:

Lenore Lyons, Executive Director
M: 0429 018 231
E: info@gscore.com.au

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