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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.

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.

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”.

Cert II Outdoor Recreation

April 23, 2019 | Category =
WC Howe

We are very excited to announce that South Regional TAFE is now offering a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation in Albany. The course is running from SRTAFE – Albany Campus in terms 2 and 3 (8 May – 27 Sept) on Weds, Thurs and Fridays.
The course includes a focus on canoeing, climbing over natural surfaces, and adventure bushwalking.
The environments we will use include
• navigation in state parks,
• Bibbulmun track and local walking trails,
• Denmark and Albany climbing surfaces,
• Albany, Kalgan and Quaranup rivers and water bays,
• and other locations.

This course has a focus on getting outdoors, participating in activities and demonstrating skills in the natural environment. To find out more, visit southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au or phone the campus on 9892 8888.

Nominate a volunteer who’s doing great work in the Great Southern

If you know a volunteer who’s doing great administration duties in your sport or recreation club/association and deserves recognition, we want to hear from you.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is searching for sport and recreation volunteers in the Great Southern who make their club a better place because of their support and service. If you know someone like that, please nominate them for the Annual Mike Stidwell Medal by following this online nomination link.

Nominations are open during April for this annual award which recognises outstanding contributions to sports administration. The award honours the memory of former Department of Sport and Recreation Regional Manager Mike Stidwell and his selfless and long-term contribution to sport and recreation in the region.

This award recognises that volunteers are the backbone of their clubs and communities and if you know someone like that in your club, I encourage you to nominate them so that their hard work and generosity can be publicly acknowledged during National Volunteer Week (20-26 May 2019).

The selection committee will consider a combination of administrative performance, length and type of service, value to the organisation, people skills and character.
To be eligible for the medal:
• You must live in Great Southern region or have done so within the past two years.
• Nominees must predominantly have been involved in a sport and recreation club or group in a volunteer administrative role.
• Previous nominees may be re-nominated this year. This acknowledges the fact that valued contributions are often made over many years.

The late Mike Stidwell was Regional Manager of the former Great Southern Department of Sport and Recreation from 1979 – 2000.  The first medal was awarded in 2000 and is an on-going award through his family.

Nominations Close : 30th April 2019
The winner will be announced at a Volunteer Recognition Sundowner at Centennial Stadium on Monday 20th May 2019.

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