The Regional Trail Master Plan will identify a coherent and clearly outlined program of trail infrastructure development across the Great Southern region over a ten-year period (2019-2029). The Master Plan will focus on a range of trail experiences suited to different user groups, including user needs for trail-related products and services, across the Great Southern.
We are specifically looking at active leisure trails which involve an outdoor recreation element. This includes terrestrial trails (walking/hiking, cycling, mountain biking, bridle/equestrian, and registered trail-bikes) as well as aquatic trails (paddling a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, and snorkelling/diving). This may include drive trails which link together a series of “active nodes”, as well as heritage and cultural trails.
In November 2018, funding to develop the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan was secured through Lotterywest in partnership with the City of Albany; the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet, and Woodanilling; the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC); and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
Phase 1 of the community consultation process was completed during March to May 2019. A total of 15 workshops were held across the eleven local government areas in the Great Southern. In addition we held face-to-face meetings with Councillors, trail groups, Noongar elders, and outdoor recreation clubs; and sought feedback via an online survey. In total over 200 different trail ideas were submitted! A Trails Background Report outlining the results of the consultation process was submitted to our funding stakeholders in June 2019.
Phase 2 of the project involves ranking and prioritising trail projects according to their environmental, social, cultural and economic impact. Our goal is to identify a short list of key projects that will deliver strong benefits to the Great Southern region. The prioritisation process was completed in August 2019, with the draft Regional Trails Master Plan due in September 2019. The following expert consultants have been contracted to deliver priority trail plans for inclusion in the plan – Common Ground Trails, Vicki Winfield and Associates, and Px2.
This project is proudly supported by:
Mr Karl Hansom