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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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