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Hooray – GSCORE is two years old!

August 20, 2019 | Category =

The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) is thrilled to announce it has officially turned two.

Based in Albany, GSCORE is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote the growth and development of the outdoor recreation industry in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons says much has been achieved a short space of time, not the least establishing the organisation from the ground up.

To date, successful activities have included work on the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan, the creation of the Great Southern Learning Adventures website, funding to deliver tourism training and mentoring programs, and the highly successful annual Great Southern Trails Forum.

“Over the last year our Board and staff have been working together to achieve our shared vision of positioning the Great Southern as a premier destination for adventure-based tourism,” says Dr Lyons.

“We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made. The Great Southern community have been incredibly supportive of the work we’re doing, particularly on the trails project.”

GSCORE Board Chairman Greg Mair says the birthday is an exciting milestone for the fledgling organisation.

“We’ve established our reputation within the region as an effective partner to work with,” said Mr Mair.

“We are now focusing our attention on identifying opportunities to build business capacity and income streams through strong partnerships with our regional stakeholders.”

Make lasting memories at school camps in Great Southern

July 18, 2019 | Category =

Schools across Western Australia are being encouraged to create life-long memories by experiencing the huge range of exciting school camp activities in the Great Southern, thanks to a new initiative.

Great Southern Learning Adventures is a network of businesses, not-for-profit organisations and community groups that provide learning experiences for school camps and excursions in the region.

Thanks to the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund the group has received $20,000 to spread the word to encourage more schools to visit the region.

The funding will assist Great Southern Learning Adventures promote the natural, cultural and heritage assets of the Great Southern region to schools and youth groups.

The group’s website – www.greatsouthernlearningadventures.com.au – allows teachers and parents to plan a memorable and fun itinerary that satisfies curriculum requirements ranging from English and HASS to science, health and physical activity.

“School camps can be one of a child’s greatest memories and we want those memories to happen here, in the Great Southern,” says Rick Wilson, Federal Member for O’Connor. “School camp adventures are shared with friends and family, creating significant interest in future visits to the region and that’s great news for our tourism industry, retailers and the wider community.”

“School camp visits also inject money directly into the local economy and that has positive flow-on effects to the community.”

Great Southern Learning Adventures are supported by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreational Excellence (GSCORE).

GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons says: “GSCORE is proud to be working on a project like this because it’s a chance to promote the wonders of the Great Southern.

“This region is a unique and very special part of the world which is bursting with activities. I think young students will really enjoy what the region showcases on camp, whether it’s a visit to the award-winning National ANZAC Centre or challenging themselves on a trail.”

Outdoor recreation-based school camps teach children various skills including teamwork, leadership, social skills, independence, personal challenges and encouraging an active lifestyle.

“Being able to marry those vital life skills with curriculum demands allows children to be challenged mentally and physically while literally learning their lessons and having a good time.”

Master plan for trails gets federal funding boost

July 17, 2019 | Category =

Trails in the Great Southern have been given a further boost.

In the latest round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan has received $129,482 in funding.

The plan will create a vision to guide the growth and development of trails across the region.

Spearheaded by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE), the plan will identify a 10-year program of infrastructure delivery for a range of different trail types and user groups, including residents and visitors as well potentially attracting national and international trail events.

Work has already started on the plan with a series of successful trails workshops hosted throughout the region.

“We’re excited that this grant cements the next phase of work on the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan,” says Dr Lenore Lyons, Executive Director of GSCORE.

“We’ve already been consulting with local stakeholders and held numerous workshops in the region. They have been a chance for trail users and interested groups to have their say on the future of trails. This feedback will help map the master plan.”

“A project like this will help increase domestic and international visitor numbers which in turn will benefit local business and grow jobs,” says Rick Wilson, Federal Member for O’Connor.

“Quality trails also get locals outdoors and active, which not only creates a connection to community but improves physical and mental health and ultimately puts less strain on our health system.”

The need for trails master planning is a local government priority in the Great Southern Regional Sport and Recreation Plan.

The first stage of the project is community consultation which will identify existing and planned trails, while Stage 2 will develop a list of priority projects and create structures for management and maintenance for the proposed infrastructure. A Trail Building Network will be established to ensure longevity in trails management.

GSCORE has also received Lotterywest funding and with matching funds from local government and state government agencies to deliver three fully scoped concept plans for future trails.

GSCORE Welcomes Russell Pritchard to the Board

May 22, 2019 | Category =
Russell Pritchard

GSCORE Chairperson, Greg Mair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Pritchard to the GSCORE Board of Directors. Russell has been the Regional Manager for Industry and Infrastructure with the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) since 2008. From early 1994, he was a Senior Project Officer based at Katanning and worked across the central region. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Murdoch University.

Russell has an ongoing interest in outdoor recreation, being a member of the WA Rogaining Association and a maintenance volunteer on the Bibbulmun Track. Other outdoor pursuits include road/track cycling and ocean swimming.

GSCORE welcomes Leon Delpech to the Board

May 17, 2019 | Category =

GSCORE Board Chairperson, Greg Mair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Leon Delpech to the Board of Directors. Leon is currently the regional innovation facilitator at Creative Albany, a non-executive director of the Albany Community Bendigo Bank and the Treasurer for Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee. He worked as a part of team to build Useful Inc, a humble social enterprise with the mission to make doing good as mainstream as cheeseburgers and breathing. After the defunding of Useful Inc in 2015, Leon moved to the the Great Southern in 2016 to set up and operate a vineyard. After completely falling in love with the region he now calls Albany home.

“I spent a lot of time camping, hiking and climbing in the Great Southern before moving here permanently because the region has a powerful spirit, culture and beauty. It’s wonderful to be able to support the community’s connection to this land through outdoor recreation,” he said.

We are recruiting: Training Coordinator

May 13, 2019 | Category =

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Training Coordinator to join our team for a fixed-term contract to assist in developing and delivering training programs that will enhance skills, talent and entrepreneurship capability among tourism businesses in the Lower Great Southern region.

Our goal is to encourage and support tourism start-ups and mature businesses to create new and compelling visitor experiences that lift visitation and brand visibility and thereby support and amplify the region’s destination marketing efforts.

Skills & Experience
• Five years’ or equivalent experience as a trainer or instructor, preferably in a tourism, business or community development context
• Experience in designing and delivering training programs and courses.
• Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong customer focus and the ability to negotiate win-win outcomes.
• 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.
• Post-secondary qualification in training and/or experience working in a relevant field is desirable.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Identify the training and development needs of the tourism sector through appraisal and consultation with stakeholders.
• Design and develop the training resources and materials – this would include training notes and presentations, training materials and methodologies, e-learning materials, etc.
• Deliver training and/or identify suitable trainers and speakers for training events.
• Market and promote the training program.
• Conduct evaluation after training events and use the results of the evaluation to introduce continuous improvement to training programs.

Terms
• Start ASAP
• 0.6FTE (3 days per week), 10-month fixed-term contract
• Salary $70,000 per annum FTE, pro-rata (plus 9.5% superannuation)
• Australian citizens or permanent residents only

How to Apply
Please review the Job Description. For Enquiries please contact Dr Lenore Lyons on 08 9892 0113.

Closing date: 31 May 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.

GSCORE welcomes Ricky Burges PSM to the Board

May 8, 2019 | Category =

GSCORE is pleased to welcome Ms Ricky Burges PSM to our Board of Directors. Prior to joining Albany Youth Support Association as the Chief Executive Officer in April 2019, Ricky was the CEO of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA). Her previous roles have included Director General of the Department for Culture & the Arts, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Zoo and the Director of Human Resources at the WA Tourism Commission. Ricky is a past President of the Australian Institute of Management and the Board of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She was the Western Australian Businesswoman of the Year in 1997 and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2007.

Having grown up loving the sea and the coastline of Western Australia, Ricky is deeply appreciative that she has been able to find somewhere to live where she can see the sea every day from her back veranda. She is excited to be joining GSCORE and helping us to achieve our vision of a strong and vibrant outdoor recreation sector:

“I feel blessed to live in Western Australia with access to national parks, bushland, and our fantastic coastline. I am attracted to the natural flora and fauna and feel very fortunate that I can contribute to bringing more people to the beautiful environment in the Great Southern in a responsible and caring way. Whilst I am not as able these days to take up activities that require physical strength I can enjoy the wonderful walks and trails around Albany that more than satisfy my need to be part of the natural environment”, she said.

Greg Mair, Chairperson of the GSCORE Board of Directors said “We are privileged to have someone of Ricky’s experience and reputation joining our Board of Directors. Ricky will be a fantastic asset to the organisation and my fellow Board members look forward to working with her to further our mission of providing leadership to the outdoor recreation industry in the Great Southern”.

GSCORE Board appoints new Chairperson

February 24, 2019 | Category =
GSCORE Board Director Greg Mair

Mr Greg Mair was recently appointed the new Chairperson of GSCORE’s Board of Directors.

Greg is the South Coast Regional Manager for the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. He has had a long career with State government agencies and has had postings in Walpole, Kirup, Manjimup, Busselton and Bunbury. While the area manager at Walpole Greg was a member of the project team involved in the development of the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.

A passionate advocate for outdoor recreation activities, Greg has been actively involved in athletics and yachting and has State and National achievements in both sports. He was the Commodore of the Walpole Yacht Club and Secretary of the Geographe Bay Sailing Club at Busselton. These days the fitness pursuit is more aligned to walking the many trails around Albany.

“I strongly believe that getting people out into the natural environment has beneficial outcomes for both their well-being and their greater appreciation, respect and valuing of it”, he said.

Greg replaces outgoing Chairperson, Ms Angela Simpson. “Angela played a key role in the establishment of GSCORE as the inaugural Chairperson. Her work on the Board has contributed to the success of the organisation and has undoubtedly placed us in a strong position to achieve the goals and initiatives outlined in our Strategic Plan,” Greg said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Directors to achieve our vision of making the Great Southern region Western Australia’s premier adventure destination.”

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).

Ms Kerry Fry

January 9, 2019 | Category =

Kerry Fry has recently joined the GSCORE Board of Directors as the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) representative. Kerry is the Director of Firm Vision Advisory, a business advisory firm specialising in turn-around management and business improvement and the Business Director for WA Insolvency Solutions a division of Jirsh Sutherland. As an accounting analysis and investigative accountant she has worked with businesses across a wide variety of sectors, from small, medium and family-run companies to large and ASX-listed corporations.

Kerry is passionate about developing an environmental and economical sustainable adventure based outdoor recreation market in the Great South region in WA. A keen camper and bushwalker Kerry has had the privilege of growing up in Albany and continues to explore and be enchanted by the naturally beautiful landscapes the region has to offer.

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