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Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan Project Coordinator Appointed

February 18, 2019 | Category =

The development of new recreation trails across the Great Southern is gaining momentum with the appointment of a full-time project coordinator – Karl Hansom – to oversee its development. Karl’s appointment is a key moment in enabling GSCORE to develop a Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

Karl Hansom is excited to be starting in the role and looking forward to developing the Regional Trails Master Plan. “The Great Southern region has outstanding landscapes suited to a diversity of trail activities, and I am looking forward to ensuring that our region develops world class trails, suited to different user groups,” he said.

“The aim of the Regional Trails Master Plan is to develop ‘shovel-ready’ plans for a number of priority projects which can be constructed as soon as possible.” The project has already begun working work with eleven local governments in the Great Southern as well as key local agencies and user groups to develop a ten-year plan for trail development.

Phase One of the project involves an inventory and gap analysis of current and planned trails in the region. During the next two months GSCORE will conduct extensive community consultation with stakeholders across the Great Southern.

Karl has a Natural Resource Management background managing biodiversity projects on Western Australia’s South Coast for the last nine years. Prior to that he has coordinated school and community education projects with the Department of Environment, and has managed projects involving conservation trainees. Karl knows that a benefit of living in the Great Southern is the amazing choice of outdoor environments and activities which he shares with his family. Camping, hiking and canoeing are favourites of this family!

This project is funded by Lotterywest, with matching funding support from all eleven local governments in the Great Southern region, as well as the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Public Information Sessions – Albany Heritage Park (AHP) Trails Development

February 9, 2019 | Category =

Upgrading the recreational trails in AHP was identified as a Priority Project in the Albany Trail Hub Strategy adopted by Council in 2015 and resulted in the AHP Trails Concept Plan being developed and adopted by Council in 2017. Since this time detailed planning of the first trails has been progressing including completion of more detailed surveys of environmental and cultural values.
To inform the community on the progress of the project, community members are invited to visit information displays and talk to City staff at the Princess Royal Fortress barbeque area on:

Friday, 11th January 2019, 10am-2pm,
Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 3pm – 6pm
Saturday, 9th February 2019, 10am-2pm

For more information contact the City’s Reserves Officer Carl Beck, via email at carlb@albany.wa.gov.au

Public Information Sessions – Albany Heritage Park (AHP) Trails Development

January 23, 2019 | Category =

Upgrading the recreational trails in AHP was identified as a Priority Project in the Albany Trail Hub Strategy adopted by Council in 2015 and resulted in the AHP Trails Concept Plan being developed and adopted by Council in 2017. Since this time detailed planning of the first trails has been progressing including completion of more detailed surveys of environmental and cultural values.
To inform the community on the progress of the project, community members are invited to visit information displays and talk to City staff at the Princess Royal Fortress barbeque area on:

Friday, 11th January 2019, 10am-2pm,
Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 3pm – 6pm
Saturday, 9th February 2019, 10am-2pm

For more information contact the City’s Reserves Officer Carl Beck, via email at carlb@albany.wa.gov.au

Public Information Sessions – Albany Heritage Park (AHP) Trails Development

January 11, 2019 | Category =

Upgrading the recreational trails in AHP was identified as a Priority Project in the Albany Trail Hub Strategy adopted by Council in 2015 and resulted in the AHP Trails Concept Plan being developed and adopted by Council in 2017. Since this time detailed planning of the first trails has been progressing including completion of more detailed surveys of environmental and cultural values.
To inform the community on the progress of the project, community members are invited to visit information displays and talk to City staff at the Princess Royal Fortress barbeque area on:

Friday, 11th January 2019, 10am-2pm,
Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 3pm – 6pm
Saturday, 9th February 2019, 10am-2pm

For more information contact the City’s Reserves Officer Carl Beck, via email at carlb@albany.wa.gov.au

We are recruiting: Project Coordinator – Trails Master Plan

December 7, 2018 | Category =

Exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Coordinator to join our team for a fixed term contract to assist in recreational trail planning for the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The position is responsible for coordinating day-to-day operational management and implementation of all activities pertaining to the development of a Regional Trails Master Plan.

Skills & Experience
• Minimum five years’ or equivalent project management experience, preferably in a trail related context
• Experience in coordinating and leading community consultation sessions using a variety of methods
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with proven community liaison, negotiation and conflict resolution skills in conjunction with a strong customer focus
• Good written and verbal communication skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Ability to think creatively and strategically to maximise the delivery of the project.
• Ability to organise and prioritise a varied workload, and work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
• Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline and/or experience working in a relevant field.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Assist in the preparation of a Trails Master Plan, including an audit of all existing trails and planned trails in the region and a gap analysis and evaluation of trail needs; and the development of Business Cases and Concept Plans for priority projects
• Develop a stakeholder and community engagement strategy, including promotion and media liaison; and coordinate and facilitate community consultation sessions
• Prepare project plans, manage the project budget and allocate resources effectively
• Liaise with external consultants in the delivery of project components

Terms
• Start ASAP
• 12-month contract position
• Salary $75k negotiable plus 9.5% superannuation
• Australian citizens or permanent residents only

How to Apply
Please review the Job Description. For further information please contact GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons on 08 9892 0113.
Closing date: 11 January 2019. Your application should include a 2-page cover letter which addresses the Selection Criteria; and an up-to-date resume of now more than five pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role.

Great Southern Trails Receive Grant Support

December 3, 2018 | Category =
Lotterywest regional trails master plan
Caption: Jane Sterck from Lotterywest with GSCORE Executive Director Lenore Lyons

The development of new recreation trails across the Great Southern is a step closer with the announcement of Lotterywest funding support.

Funding worth $109,100 has been allocated to the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) to develop a Regional Trails Master Plan.

The project has received matching funding support from all eleven local governments in the Great Southern region, as well as the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

 

GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons said that the funding will enable the Centre to develop a ten-year plan for trail development across the entire region.

“The Great Southern region is blessed with an array of outstanding natural landscapes suited to a diversity of trail activities, including hiking, cycling, paddling, and horse riding. But, as a region, we lag behind other parts of the state, particularly the South West, which are investing in trails,” she said.

“The aim of the Regional Trails Master Plan is to develop ‘shovel-ready’ plans for a number of priority projects so that we can begin construction as soon as possible.”

Phase One of the project, which will begin in early 2019, will involve an extensive process of community consultation across all Great Southern towns. Community members will be asked for their views on the types of trail they would like to see in their region.

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

Trail Building Workshop – Hands on Application of Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

June 1, 2018 | Category =
Camp Quaranup Albany

A hands-on training workshop that will teach you how to apply the principles of the 8-stage sustainable planning framework developed for WA trails. Participants will have the opportunity to build a short section of trail at Camp Quaranup, Albany.

Please note that places are limited for the trail building workshop and preference will be given to those who have registered for the Trail Building Theory Session on 31 May. Please register for the workshop by the 25 May by following the event links below.

Albany set to become an accredited Trail Town

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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.

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