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WA education under threat with school campsites to close

December 18, 2017 | Category =
School camps to close

GSCORE joins with Outdoors WA in condemning the WA state government’s decision to close six Department of Education school camps. Although these school camps are not in the Great Southern region, the closure of the camps has wide ranging implications for the outdoor education sector in our region.

In her media release announcing the closures, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery claimed that “these [the six school camps] are not the core business of education”. Her statement flies in the face of decades of research which shows that outdoor education plays a crucial role in mental and physical well-being AND academic performance. Reconnecting young people with the natural environment also helps them to develop self-esteem and resilience, and cooperation and leadership skills. In our view, outdoor education IS “the core business of education”.

We need to get more kids outdoors more often, and the school curriculum needs to be fully integrated with outdoor activities.

Outdoors WA media release.

Minster Ellery’s press release

Abseiling & Climbing AAS draft released for public consultation

December 14, 2017 | Category =
Rock climbing

The draft standard for Abseiling & Climbing for the Australian AAS has just been released for public comment. Members of the outdoors community can have their say about this activity standard by visiting yoursay.australianaas.org.au/abseil-climb/

The draft standard will be available to download or readable online via the website. Feedback submissions can be lodged via the websites submission forms. These include ‘general impressions’, as well the opportunity to provide detailed and ‘specific feedback’ on any piece of content or section.

Feedback submissions will close on the 5 Feb 2018 (at 9.00am AEDT).

Have your say by:
• Getting involved in the public consultation and download the draft standard at yoursay.australianaas.org.au/abseil-climb/
• Providing feedback on the Abseiling & Climbing draft at yoursay.australianaas.org.au/abseil-climb/your-say/

Find out more about the Australian AAS go to www.australianaas.org.au

Horse Trail Riding AAS released for public consultation

December 5, 2017 | Category =
Riding horses in forest

The draft standard for Horse Trail Riding for the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) has just been released for public comment. All members of the outdoors community can have their say about this activity standard by visiting yoursay.australianaas.org.au/horse-trail-riding.

The draft standard will be available to download or readable online via the website. Feedback submissions can be lodged via the websites submission forms. These include general impressions, as well the opportunity to provide detailed and specific feedback on any piece of content or section.

Feedback submissions will close on the 29 January 2018 (at 9.00am AEDT).

Have your say by:
• Getting involved in the public consultation and download the draft standards at yoursay.australianaas.org.au/horse-trail-riding/
• Providing feedback on the Horse Trail Riding draft at yoursay.australianaas.org.au/horse-trail-riding/your-say/

Find out more about the Australian AAS go to www.australianaas.org.au

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.”

Mt Biking & Cycle Touring AAS released for public consultation

September 12, 2017 | Category =
Southern MTB Albany WA

The draft standard for Mt Biking & Cycle Touring for the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) has just been released for public comment. All members of the outdoors community can have their say about this activity standard by visiting yoursay.australianaas.org.au/mt-bike-cycle-touring/.

The draft standard is available to download or readable online via the website. Feedback submissions can be lodged via the websites submission forms. These include general impressions, as well the opportunity to provide detailed and specific feedback on any piece of content or section.

Feedback submissions will close on the 9.00am (AEDT) 9th October 2017.

Have your say by: •Get involved in the public consultation and download the draft standard at yoursay.australianaas.org.au/mt-bike-cycle-touring/
•Provide feedback on the Mt Biking & Cycle Touring draft at yoursay.australianaas.org.au/mt-bike-cycle-touring/your-say/

Find out more about the Australian AAS go to www.australianaas.org.au

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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