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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.

Request for Quote: Priority Trail Plans

June 6, 2019 | Category =
Hiking in the Stirling Ranges

We are currently requesting a proposal, including a price quotation, to develop and prepare priority trails plans for inclusion in the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan (GSRTMP).

A consultant or consultants with appropriate experience and expertise is sought to undertake and deliver trail plans for one or more of the following seven (7) trail activities:

  • Great Southern MTB Trail Plan
  • Great Southern Hiking Trail Plan
  • Great Southern Bridle Trail Plan
  • Great Southern Trail Bike Trail Plan
  • Amazing South Coast Aquatic Trail Plan
  • Stirling Range & Hinterland Cycle Trail Plan
  • Great Southern Treasures Drive Trail Plan

The need for these trail plans has been identified through a detailed community consultation process. Each Trail Plan will incorporate existing trails and several short-listed priority trails. A detailed brief, including time frame and submission details is contained in the RFQ Brief and Addendum and FAQ issued 110619.

Sharing is caring on reserve trails

February 18, 2019 | Category =

The City of Albany’s reserves team has started a new initiative to help raise awareness of how users of trails at Sandpatch Reserve between the Windfarm and Mutton Bird Beach can share the area responsibly.

Supported by local horse riders in an aim to educate all trail users, a Reserve Information Station was set up for the first time last Sunday and staffed by local riders and reserves officers.

The Reserve Information Station informed drivers of the reserve rules including only permitting entry to fully licenced vehicles, all vehicles to remain on either formal roads or firebreaks, slowing down in the presence of other vehicles and safety when driving.

Horse riders are also encouraged to keep their horses under control at all times and to prevent them from grazing on native vegetation, whilst motorbike riders were asked to stay off trails assigned to horses and to reduce their speed when a horse is present.

City of Albany Manager of City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said it is important that users of the trail are respectful of each other.

“Sandpatch Reserve is so close to Albany it is very popular as a recreational area for many local residents and includes both the Bibbulmun Track and Stidwell Bridal Trail,” she said

The City of Albany has engaged a consultant to develop a Recreation Management Plan for the area, and is holding community workshops about the planning process next week.

Trail users and community members are encouraged to attend the workshops at Albany Equestrian Centre on Wednesday, February 20 and the City of Albany offices on Mercer Road on Thursday, February 21, with both meetings commencing at 5.30pm.

More information about the workshops is available from Reserves Officer Sandra Maciejewski on 6820 3960.

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