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Albany Trail Town Forum Proceedings

September 2, 2018 | Category =
Workshop roundtable

A report on the Trail Town Forum & Workshops held in Albany in late May 2018 has been released. The forum, which was co-hosted by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), explored the key features of international trail destinations.

The forum attracted over 100 participants from across the Great Southern region, representing businesses, local government, state government agencies, industry and community organisations, local trail groups and clubs, and trail users.

One of the highlights of the forum was an interactive workshop in which participants were broken into groups based on trail user activities (e.g. hiking, cycling, horse-riding). Participants were invited to reflect on their own trail experiences, their understanding of specific trail user needs, and their knowledge of regional trail opportunities, to develop recommendations for future trail investment.

GSCORE  Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons said that participants in the interactive workshop produced almost 4o pages of detailed notes on their vision for trails in the region. The Workshop Report synthesizes these findings and reveals that trail users across the region share a common vision.

“Regardless of their preferred trail activity, be that hiking, running, cycling, paddling or horse-riding, trail users have a great deal in common,” she said. “They want well built, environmentally sustainable trails that cater to a diversity of trail experiences”.

“It is clear from reviewing the workshop notes that the participants were passionate about the potential for trail development in the Great Southern. One of the overwhelming themes to emerge from the workshop is that trail users want planning to focus on a ‘whole user experience’ rather than just one trail activity or trail type.”

Dr Lyons said that the workshop findings will form part of the background research supporting the development of a Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan. The Report is broken into two volumes and can be downloaded from the GSCORE website:

Albany Trail Town Forum – Volume 1: Forum Proceedings

Albany Trail Town Forum – Volume 2: Interactive Workshop Notes

Calling all volunteers – Southern MTB

August 21, 2018 | Category =
Call to action for volunteers

Are you a keen mountain biker? Are you planning to participate in this year’s Southern MTB? Have you considered volunteering?

Southern MTB are looking for volunteers to marshal at either the Southern Peaks event (22 September) or the Urban Downhill (23 September). Anyone volunteering will receive 30% of their entry fee. The discount will be provided as cash back when you collect your race pack and on confirmation that you can still volunteer or provide a volunteer. To find out more, visit the Southern MTB Volunteer website.

 

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 =
GSCORE Logo

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.

Extraordinary Experiences Mentoring Program

July 20, 2018 | Category =
GSCORE training workshop experience development

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.

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.

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.

Online Survey to Shape WA Bushwalking Strategy

April 20, 2018 | Category =

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