GSCORE is a joint initiative of the Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Great Southern Development Commission, and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It received funding from Royalties for Regions in 2016 for an initial three-year implementation phase (2017-2020). We acknowledge the generous support of our funding partners in helping GSCORE to achieve its goals.
Lenore Lyons is our Executive Director. Prior to joining GSCORE, Lenore held positions in the public, private and community sectors. She worked as a research professor in the university sector for over 15 years and during that time was Director of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Key Centre for Teaching and Research. In 2006, she co-founded a successful eco-tourism business in the Great Southern. That business was inducted into the Western Australian Tourism Hall of Fame in 2015.
Lenore currently serves on the Board of Australia’s South West (ASW), Outdoors WA and Trails WA. She has previously served on the Boards of Management of Denmark Tourism Incorporated, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, and the Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Lenore is an enthusiastic hiker and kayaker and takes every opportunity to explore the amazing Great Southern region on land or on the water.
Angela is the Regional Manager Community and Corporate with the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC). She joined the Commission after a six-year coordinating role with St John Ambulance WA. Her work life has been in the fields of adult education and training including stints in managing projects in developing countries and emergency services agencies as well as with government agencies.
“My passion for kayaking evolved from time spent in Queensland where as a family we would explore the rivers and creeks of Central Queensland during camping trips as well as sea kayaking off the coast observing the turtle and whale migrations. We are now discovering the amazing waterways of the Great Southern, having regularly kayaked the Hay, King, Kalgan, Pallinup, Warriup Lake and Oyster Harbour. I never tire of the changing scenery between seasons and am always looking forward to the next kayaking trip”.
Russ is the Chief Executive Officer of the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), a position he has held since 2013. Prior to taking up that role, he held positions as the CEO of the Peel Thunder Football Club (WAFL) and the Manager of the WA Greyhound Racing Association. He has also held a number of other roles with Western Australian AFL football clubs.
“Growing up in regional Australia, I have always had a passion for recreation and the outdoors. The Great Southern region has so many diversified recreational attractions for all ages and genders. I am passionate about leveraging off this to help grow the economic opportunities outdoor recreation can bring to the region”.
Greg Mair 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. 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”.
Jennifer is Director of the University of Western Australia’s Great Southern regional campus. Her background is in Mathematics Education. Her previous roles include Deputy Dean and Course Coordinator in the School of Education at Notre Dame University and Mathematics Consultant to the WA Catholic Education Office. Her professional interests include equity of access and participation, the quality of the student experience and post-compulsory education choices. Jennifer lives and works in the Great Southern region of WA and is involved in engaging with her community via participation on a number of boards and committees.
Chris is the Great Southern Regional Manager Sport and Recreation within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Chris has academic qualifications in recreation and leisure studies and has worked across both local and state government in his thirty two years in the sport and recreation industry. A keen outdoor enthusiast he is passionate about outdoor recreation and the potential of the Great Southern region of WA to capitalise on the myriad of adventure based outdoor recreation pursuits that can be harnessed through its natural environment.