GSCORE supports local MTB club members

November 19, 2019 | Category =

GSCORE and the Great Southern Sports Talent Association (GSSTA) recently supported four club members from the Albany and Denmark MTB clubs to gain their Level 1 MTB Coaching qualifications.

Level 1 coaching will enable these club members to develop junior level training programs to assist elite progression into state and national championships. Seven juniors from the Albany club compete at state and/or nationals and 1 junior from Denmark club competed at the state round in 2019.  All have strong potential but lacked access to trained coaches to assist them to achieve their potential. With 4 new Level 1 MTB coaches in the region, our juniors are going to go from strength to strength.

Trail Construction Training Course

October 27, 2019 | Category =

Training provided by world-class trail builder Nick Bowman

We are excited to be organising a Trail Construction Training Course on the 26-27 November 2019.

The course is for those with an interest in gaining entry-level employment in trails construction, as well as businesses and land managers wanting to up-skill current staff.

What’s included?

  • 2 x half-day theory sessions covering different aspects of trail planning and construction
  • 2 x half-day hands-on training at various locations
  • Lunch and morning tea provided daily
  • Opportunity to connect with trail builders in the region

The course runs from 9am – 5pm over two days (Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November). The first half of the day focuses on theory, and the second half will be spent doing hands-on work on a number of trails.

Cost: $150pp for waged/businesses; $75pp for unwaged/students.

About the Trainer:

Nick Bowman from Destination Trails Pty Ltd. Specialising in creating trails for all ages and abilities, Nick has over 15 years’ experience as a mountain bike trail advocate and 14 years as a professional trail designer and builder. This experience, along with his time at IMBA Australia, has ensured that Nick has become an accepted expert in delivering sustainable trails and in particular, the implementation of the IMBA guidelines for trail difficulty ratings, design and development, within Australian’s unique ecosystems. Complimentary to all this expertise, Nick has the skills and talent to negotiate safely through the Australian political landscape to make sure trails can become a reality for all sectors of the community.

Places are limited. Register today.

ACCELERATE: The Amazing Mentoring Program

September 15, 2019 | Category =

ACCELERATE: The Amazing Tourism Mentoring Program encourages everyone from start-up entrepreneurs right through to seasoned business owners and operators to take a leap outside their comfort zone in a supportive and enabling environment.

The Program is designed to provide expert advice and business support, creating a bespoke, education pathway at all stages of your tourism enterprise.

What’s Involved?

The program is a collaborative partnership between GSCORE and the Amazing South Coast Tourism Incorporated and launched in October 2019 with workshops, guest presenters, activities, networking, and one-on-one mentoring, designed to enhance tourism capability and encourage your innovative ideas.

Is It For Me?

The Amazing Tourism Mentoring Program is perfect for you if…
• You are thinking about starting a tourism business, but don’t know where to start
• You are a brand new or newly established tourism business and need help to grow
• You are an existing tourism business looking to innovate to increase market share
• You have a tourism event idea and need assistance to make it happen

What are the programs?

There are three programs available, each designed for businesses at different stages of growth:

  • Tourism PREP – for start-ups and businesses wanting to develop a new product or service
  • Tourism ACE – for businesses in the early years of establishment wanting to improve their marketing know-how
  • Tourism MATES – for established businesses wanting to engage in the trade market (inbound operators, wholesalers, etc)
What Does It Cost?

GSCORE, in partnership with the Lower Great Southern Economic Alliance, is delighted to announce that a significant funding agreement with the WA state government’s Regional New Industries Fund (RNIF) means that until June 2020 this expert program will be available for just $500 +GST per module. Each program will operate for a period of 6 months. Mentees will have access to practical resources, business support and one-on-one tourism advice valued at over $3,600 per module.

How do I apply?

A limited number of places are available, and applications will be assessed via a competitive Expression of Interest (EOI) process. The first intake of businesses occurred in October 2019 and the second intake will occur in March 2020. Expressions of Interest are NOW OPEN. Click here to download your Application Form (PDF).

To be eligible, all prospective candidates must currently own, operate or manage; or intend to operate, a tourism business in the Lower Great Southern region, defined as the local government regions of Denmark, Albany, Plantagenet and Jerramungup.

Funding Partners
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Partner Organisations

This project has been developed as a partnership between the following organisations:

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Paddle Training for Outdoor Recreation Instructors

December 1, 2018 | Category =

In partnership with Paddle WA we are pleased to offer a Level 1 Flat Water Canoe training program over two days in December.

Register your interest now for either of these dates: 13 December and 14 December.

Australian Canoeing Flat Water Guide assessment (Canoe OR Kayak). Successful completion of assessments will ensure teachers meet the Department of Education activity-specific skills based requirements for paddling in closed water, as outlined within the Paddling Procedures (in addition to a First Aid Certificate and Rescue Qualification). Participants are required to attend one date only. Please choose either the 13th or 14th of December.

To register, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page.

Support for this training has been provided by the following sponsors:

The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest is a major supporter of Canoeing and Kayaking in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.

Orienteering Training for Outdoor Recreation Instructors

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In partnership with Orienteering WA, Albany & Denmark Hinterland Orienteering Club (ADHOC) we are pleased to offer a Level 0 Orienteering Coaching training program over two days in December.

Register your interest now for either of these dates: 7 December and 12 December.

Successful completion of this course will ensure teachers meet the Department of Education activity specific skills based requirements for orienteering, as outlined within the Bushwalking and Orienteering Procedures (in addition to a First Aid Certificate). Participants are required to attend one date only. Please choose either the 7th or 12th of December.

To register, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page.

Support for this training has been provided by the following sponsors:

The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest is a major supporter of Orienteering in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.

Outdoor Recreation Employment and Training Pathways

August 14, 2018 | Category =
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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.

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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.

Extraordinary Experiences Mentoring Program

July 20, 2018 | Category =
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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.

Albany Trail Town Forum – 31 May

May 2, 2018 | Category =
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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.

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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