Regional Trails Master Plan

December 16, 2019 | Category =
Hiking in the Stirling Ranges

Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) has begun collating a wide range of feedback from members of the public and stakeholder groups commenting on the draft Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan. The feedback will be reviewed by the Project Management Executive Group and key land managers.

This brings to a close an important stage in enabling GSCORE to develop the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan.

“By 2030, the Great Southern Region will provide a diverse range of quality trail experiences that showcase the region’s unique landscapes, biodiversity, geology, Aboriginal culture and settler heritage,” says GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons.

The Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan provides a coherent program of trail infrastructure development across the entire region over a 10-year period (2020-2029). It has been developed to guide decisions about investment in, and management of trails, and provides a vision for a future Great Southern trail network.

This project is funded by Building Better Regions Fund, and 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), the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), and the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC).

Read the plan.

William Bay Infrastructure Renewal Project – William Bay National Park Trail Closures

November 26, 2019 | Category =

Park infrastructure work is being carried out in William Bay National Park.

Bibbulmun Track

Walkers should be aware of heavy vehicles when crossing William Bay Road.

There will be no access to Greens Pool along William Bay Road from 3 February 2020 and throughout the construction works. The park will be fully closed to visitors during this time period, however the Bibbulmun Track and campsite will remain open to walkers.

Walkers MUST remain on the Bibbulmun Track during this time and not use Madfish Bay Road, the Munda Biddi Trail or enter the construction site.

Munda Biddi Trail

The Munda Biddi Trail is closed for 13.2km due to William Bay Park Infrastructure Renewal. A 10.6km diversion is in place along The Heritage Rail Trail. This is a dual use trail. Riders should be aware of horses using this trail. The original route will remain closed until declared safe.

For your safety stay on the marked diversion, adhere to and follow all signage and instructions from Parks and Wildlife and other emergency staff. Riders should be aware of heavy machinery and other traffic in the area.


Construction works are expected to be completed by the end of June 2020.

For more information contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Walpole on (08) 9840 0400

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.

2019 Great Southern Trail Forum Proceedings

September 23, 2019 | Category =

A report on the 2019 Great Southern Trail Forum held in Albany in July has been released. The forum, which was co-hosted by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE), the City of Albany, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), explored ways to make trails more inclusive.

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 a presentation by Matt Harrington from Yarra Ranges Shire Council on the Warburton MTB Destination project.

GSCORE Executive Director, Dr Lenore Lyons said that in addition to listening to the presentations, attendees participated in an interactive workshop that examined ways to overcome barriers to trail access, and ways to improve the mental and physical health benefits of trails.

“Forum participants identified a range of ways to overcome the access, ability and knowledge barriers the limit the community’s use of trails. Suggestions included the development of purpose-built trails to suit seniors and people with disabilities, as well as improvements in signage, maps and brochures”.

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 forum proceedings can be downloaded from the GSCORE website: 2019 Great Southern Trails Forum_Proceedings (pdf).


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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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.”

Camp Quaranup Open Day – Volunteers Needed

August 8, 2019 | Category =

Camp Quaranup is holding a Community Open Day on the 12 October and is calling for volunteers to assist on the day. They are looking for people to assist with:

  • Tour Guiding
  • Crowd management
  • Parking control
  • Information services
  • Waitressing
  • Kitchen hands

To register or find out more contact Camp Quaranup:

Phone: 9844 4087 or 0407 029 343 (no texts please)
Email: campq@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

Regional Trails Master Plan Update

July 29, 2019 | Category =

The Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan is one step closer to completion with the finalisation of the Trails Background Report. The report, which was circulated to all funding stakeholders in June 2019,  provides the project partners with an overview of the current trail networks in the region and an understanding of the social, health, economic, and environmental benefits of trails in order to identify opportunities for potential trail development.

In January 2019, GSCORE conducted an audit of existing and planned trails in each local government area (LGA) across the Great Southern region. This audit revealed that the Great Southern region has many tracks and trails with different characteristics. However, because most of these have been developed in isolation from each other, the region lacks a coherent trail offering. There is a high concentration of trails close to coastal areas, while inland areas, despite having natural attractions including parks and reserves, are very poorly served by trail infrastructure.

In addition to a trail audit, GSCORE undertook a comprehensive review of existing planning documents at a local, regional and state level. This audit revealed that there has been little local level planning to meet the growing demand from residents for the construction of trails and trail networks. Except for the City of Albany, which is implementing its Trails Hub Strategy, none of the other local governments in the Great Southern have current local Trails Master Plans or equivalent documents.

Throughout March to May 2019, GSCORE undertook an extensive community consultation process that involved key stakeholders, including landowners, land managers, local governments, the regional development commission, tourism organisations, peak recreational bodies, user groups, and the broader community. The main data collection techniques were face-to-face workshops, meetings with stakeholder groups, and an online survey. Stakeholder groups and community members were asked to identify gaps in local and regional trail provision and to generate ideas for future trails. Most of the discussion focused on local trail ideas that would cater to the needs of residents. Opportunities to increase visitation to the Great Southern through trail-based tourism were also discussed.

The trail audit and community consultation process has shown that to achieve our vision there is an urgent need to develop a range of different trail types that will address local needs while providing unique and diverse trails experiences to increase visitation. The Master Plan will identify and prioritise areas where high quality, sustainable and accessible trails could be developed, including locations capable of hosting state, national and international events.

Read more about the findings of the Trails Background Report in this infographic.

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