GSCORE at Camp Quaranup Open Day

October 16, 2017 | Category =
GSCORE Information Booth

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our “Outdoors October” contest at the Camp Quaranup Community Open Day.

Visitors to the Open Day were encouraged to visit the GSCORE Information Booth where they could pick up brochures and maps promoting all the amazing outdoor recreation activities, tours and attractions on offer in our region.

To celebrate “Outdoor October” visitors were encouraged to make a pledge to get outdoors this October and upload their entry to our Facebook contest page. Winners were drawn at random at the close of the Open Day with almost 40 prizes given away.

A selection of fantastic prizes were supplied by these awesome sponsors: SUPLime WA Stand-up Paddle Board School, South Coast Surfing Lessons, Albany Segway Tours, Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, and Kalgan Queen Cruises.

Congratulations to all the winners. You can view a selection of the pledge entries on our Facebook page.

Outdoors October Pledge
Hannah will be “Enjoying nature in the South West by walking, hiking and cycling”


Minister officially launches GSCORE

October 9, 2017 | Category =
Alannah MacTiernan archery

GSCORE was launched at Camp Quaranup on Friday 6 October by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Partners in the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) have welcomed the official launch of the initiative. The Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) are the joint supporters of the project.

GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons said the centre’s aim was to make the Great Southern the adventure capital of Australia and to increase the economic and social benefits of outdoor recreation for the region.

“It’s fitting that we officially launch GSCORE at Camp Quaranup in Albany,” Dr Lyons said. “Quaranup has been the site of student camps for over one hundred years. Our goal is to capitalise on the camp’s rich history and stunning location to position the Great Southern region as a destination for outdoor education and active leadership.”

GSDC Chair Ross Thornton said the project aligned with the strategic directions of the Commission. “We know the huge importance and further potential of tourism for the region,” Mr Thornton said. “GSCORE will open innovative avenues to grow that sector of the regional economy and provide jobs that are linked to appreciation and protection of the natural environment that we all value,” Mr Thornton said.

Albany Chamber of Commerce president Caroline Hayes said the organisation was delighted to see GSCORE’s early signs of progress. “We’re very pleased to be involved in this exciting initiative which is sure to showcase our fantastic region,” Ms Hayes said. “GSCORE will bring long-term benefits to tourism operators and other businesses.”

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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