Summer Graduate Internship Program

October 22, 2018 | Category =
Albany Windfarm

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is currently calling for applications for the Public Service Commission Graduate Internship program. One of the projects is based in the Great Southern and is focused on assisting with the development of the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

The Public sector internship program is an initiative to provide high-calibre university students with practical on-the-job training opportunities within the sector. The program allows students to complete a work-based project within a public sector agency and apply the knowledge and skills developed through their studies in a professional capacity. Participating university students also have the opportunity to build their professional networks and gain academic credits towards their studies.

The intern will assist with the preparation of a “Trails Background Research Report” to support the development of the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

Objective: To develop a sound understanding of the current trail network in the region and identify any gaps in infrastructure needs.

Key Tasks: Undertake an inventory of current and planned trails in the region. The inventory will identify the land tenure, responsible organisation, resources/funding, maintenance schedule, history of use, general condition, competing land uses of the trails identified, and existing master planning and/or planning policy.

This project could be completed during summer break in 2018/2019, or semester 1 of 2019, with flexibility of days and hours to fit around the student’s schedule.  It is anticipated that this project may take three months to complete.

If you have any specific questions in relation to the project, please contact Kelly Waterhouse on (08) 9892 0157 or Chris Thompson on (08) 9892 0100.

Required skills and knowledge
We are looking for an Intern who is working towards a tertiary qualification in Environmental science, biology/ecology, planning, geography or geosciences, with good report writing and analytical skills.  Knowledge of GIS would be beneficial but is not essential.

This role is based at our Great Southern office in Albany.

Application instructions
If this internship opportunity interests you, please submit:

  • a cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining why you would like to undertake this project, how it aligns with your course of study and how your skills, knowledge and previous experience will assist you to complete the project; and
  • a copy of your CV.

Agencies and students interested in participating in the program should first refer to the program guidelines for more information.


Great Southern Outdoor Recreation Strategy

October 2, 2018 | Category =
outdoor recreation

The draft Great Southern Outdoor Recreation Strategy (GSORS) was presented to all eleven local governments in the Great Southern region in September 2018. The document will be received by each Council prior to its release for public review and comment. For more information, download a copy of the Draft Great Southern Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2018-2021.

Any questions about the Strategy should be directed to GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons.

GSCORE Annual Report shows strong achievement

October 1, 2018 | Category =

The newly released GSCORE Annual Report 2017-2018 reports strong operational achievements to support the growth and development of the outdoor recreation sector in the Great Southern.

The report showcases the Centre’s progress towards the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan. GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons said, “Our mission is to provide leadership to the outdoor recreation industry in the Great Southern. We aim to create a vibrant and sustainable outdoor recreation sector through the provision of innovative training, business support and strategic planning services. The report reviews the full portfolio of activities, highlighting the Centre’s impressive achievements in its first year of operation, and provides a comprehensive dashboard on progress towards our 2020 goals”.

Key elements of the report:

  • GSCORE’s vision for the region
  • Progress against our 2020 targets
  • Detailed descriptions of activities in our six core areas of operation – promotion, business support, training, advocacy, research and product development


In releasing the Annual Report, GSCORE Chairperson, Angela Simpson 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”.

Download a copy of the GSCORE Annual Report 2017_2018.

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 =

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”.


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