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.”

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.

Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan Project Coordinator Appointed

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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.

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

• 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.

Summer Graduate Internship Program

October 22, 2018 | Category =
Albany Windfarm

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is currently calling for applications for the Public Service Commission Graduate Internship program. One of the projects is based in the Great Southern and is focused on assisting with the development of the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

The Public sector internship program is an initiative to provide high-calibre university students with practical on-the-job training opportunities within the sector. The program allows students to complete a work-based project within a public sector agency and apply the knowledge and skills developed through their studies in a professional capacity. Participating university students also have the opportunity to build their professional networks and gain academic credits towards their studies.

The intern will assist with the preparation of a “Trails Background Research Report” to support the development of the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

Objective: To develop a sound understanding of the current trail network in the region and identify any gaps in infrastructure needs.

Key Tasks: Undertake an inventory of current and planned trails in the region. The inventory will identify the land tenure, responsible organisation, resources/funding, maintenance schedule, history of use, general condition, competing land uses of the trails identified, and existing master planning and/or planning policy.

This project could be completed during summer break in 2018/2019, or semester 1 of 2019, with flexibility of days and hours to fit around the student’s schedule.  It is anticipated that this project may take three months to complete.

If you have any specific questions in relation to the project, please contact Kelly Waterhouse on (08) 9892 0157 or Chris Thompson on (08) 9892 0100.

Required skills and knowledge
We are looking for an Intern who is working towards a tertiary qualification in Environmental science, biology/ecology, planning, geography or geosciences, with good report writing and analytical skills.  Knowledge of GIS would be beneficial but is not essential.

This role is based at our Great Southern office in Albany.

Application instructions
If this internship opportunity interests you, please submit:

  • a cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining why you would like to undertake this project, how it aligns with your course of study and how your skills, knowledge and previous experience will assist you to complete the project; and
  • a copy of your CV.

Agencies and students interested in participating in the program should first refer to the program guidelines for more information.


Great Southern Outdoor Recreation Strategy

October 2, 2018 | Category =
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The draft Great Southern Outdoor Recreation Strategy (GSORS) was presented to all eleven local governments in the Great Southern region in September 2018. The document was sent out for public review and comment in late 2018 and has now been endorsed in its final form. For more information, download a copy of the Great Southern Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2018-2021.

Any questions about the Strategy should be directed to GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons.

GSCORE Annual Report shows strong achievement

October 1, 2018 | Category =

The newly released GSCORE Annual Report 2017-2018 reports strong operational achievements to support the growth and development of the outdoor recreation sector in the Great Southern.

The report showcases the Centre’s progress towards the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan. GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons said, “Our mission is to provide leadership to the outdoor recreation industry in the Great Southern. We aim to create a vibrant and sustainable outdoor recreation sector through the provision of innovative training, business support and strategic planning services. The report reviews the full portfolio of activities, highlighting the Centre’s impressive achievements in its first year of operation, and provides a comprehensive dashboard on progress towards our 2020 goals”.

Key elements of the report:

  • GSCORE’s vision for the region
  • Progress against our 2020 targets
  • Detailed descriptions of activities in our six core areas of operation – promotion, business support, training, advocacy, research and product development


In releasing the Annual Report, GSCORE Chairperson, Angela Simpson said: “Our work would not be possible without the support of our regional stakeholders. Your time, commitment and financial support are all being put to good use to build a stronger region. We thank you for being our champions in this endeavour, and we look forward to working with you to develop the Great Southern as Australia’s Adventure Capital”.

Download a copy of the GSCORE Annual Report 2017_2018.

Albany Trail Town Forum Proceedings

September 2, 2018 | Category =
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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

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