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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 =

Feedback on Draft 1 Sport Training Package Products

April 1, 2018 | Category =

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Sport and Recreation Industry Reference Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking a comprehensive update of ten qualifications and associated units of competency in the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

National consultation for Draft 1 Training Package Products continues until 4th May 2018. Draft 1 material is available for comment on the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum. A consultation guide summarising proposed changes is available with the material and can also be downloaded from the Feedback Forum.

To access the Feedback Forum and provide feedback, please click here.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal program to support regional tourism development

February 8, 2018 | Category =

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced funding to support the development of new tourism products in regional towns across the Great Southern.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Seeds of Renewal Program funded by ANZ, administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and supported by Lenovo, aims to encourage initiatives that help to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

This year, 26 groups across Australia will share in more than $250,000 in funding.

The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) has received a grant of $10,000 to support new tourism businesses across the region.

This project will develop and deliver a 12-week Mentoring Program for tourism businesses based in regional towns in the Great Southern. The aim of the project is to assist business owners to turn the kernel of a good idea into an extraordinary tourism experience.

GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons, said the project will deliver workshops and training sessions that assist new and aspiring regional tour and activity businesses.

“This program aims to support business owners based in small regional communities such as Bremer Bay, Mount Barker, Denmark and Kojonup, who have limited access and opportunity to attend formal training programs,” she said.

“Most tourism training and development programs are run in larger centres such as Albany. Small business owners rarely have the time or resources to travel to attend these activities. We will use the ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to deliver training in regional towns where business owners will benefit from it the most.”

Ms Sarah Lang, ANZ Bank’s Regional Executive for WA South said, “Regional prosperity relies on organisations driving initiatives to provide education opportunities to those in regional communities to benefit local businesses and drive key industries”.

“GSCORE’s project will assist local business owners in some of our smaller regional communities in the Great Southern to drive tourism in the often overlooked areas of WA that provide a unique tourism experience,” she said.

Media Contact:

Lenore Lyons, Executive Director
M: 0429 018 231
E: info@gscore.com.au

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WA education under threat with school campsites to close

December 18, 2017 | Category =
School camps to close

GSCORE is concerned that the WA state government’s decision to close six Department of Education school camps will negatively impact on outdoor learning opportunities for WA kids. 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.”

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