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Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan

Vision

The Great Southern will become a world-class trails destination

Goal

The Regional Trails Master Plan (RTMP) identifies 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 focuses on a range of trail experiences suited to different user groups, including user needs for trail-related products and services, across the Great Southern.

The RTMP focuses on active leisure trails which involve an outdoor recreation element. This includes terrestrial trails (walking/hiking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, and adventure bike riding) as well as aquatic trails (paddling a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, and snorkelling/diving). It includes a drive trail which link together a series of “active nodes”, as well as heritage and cultural trails.

Key outcomes:

  • A ten-year program of infrastructure delivery across the Great Southern region, providing a long-term view that allows for budget planning between the State and respective local governments;
  • Concept plans for prioritised infrastructure projects;
  • Structures for management and maintenance for the proposed infrastructure.

Progress

Public Consultation Schedule

The Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan (RTMP) is open for public comment until midnight, Sunday 19 January 2020.

We are keen to receive informed comments from organisations and agencies from across relevant industries, and groups and individuals with an interest in outdoor recreation and trails, and residents and visitors to the region.

Download the draft plan:

 

How can I provide feedback?

Please provide written comments via email to trails@gscore.com.au

Public comment for the draft Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan closes at midnight on 19 January 2020.

Make your comments count

To ensure your submission is as effective as possible:

  • be clear and concise
  • refer your points to the page numbers or specific sections in the plan
  • say whether you agree or disagree with any or all of the objectives and strategies – clearly state your reasons, particularly if you disagree
  • give sources of information where possible
  • suggest alternatives for those aspects of the plan with which you disagree.

 

What happens next?

Following the period of public comment, all feedback will be reviewed by the Project Management Executive Group. The master plan will be reviewed in light of the submissions according to the criteria outlined below.

The master plan may be amended if a submission:

  • provides additional information of direct relevance to the development of a trail or trail networks
  • indicates omissions, inaccuracies or a lack of clarity

 

The plan may not be amended if a submission:

  • clearly supports proposals in the plan
  • makes general or neutral statements or no change is sought
  • refers to issues beyond the scope of the plan
  • refers to issues that are already noted within the plan or already taken into consideration during its preparation
  • is one among several widely divergent viewpoints received on the topic but the approach in the plan is still considered the best option
  • contributes options that are not feasible (generally due to conflict with legislation or government policy)
  • is based on unclear or factually incorrect information.

 

How can I find out more?

For any questions regarding the public comment process, please contact:

Karl Hansom, Project Coordinator, GSCORE, on 9892 0151 or trails@gscore.com.au

 

Additional information about the RTMP is contained in the following media release (PDF).

How can I find out more about the RTMP?

 

How is the project funded?

Funding to develop the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan was secured through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), and Lotterywest. Partner contributions have been provided by GSCORE, 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); the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA); and the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC).

This project is proudly supported by:

 

Project Leader

Mr Karl Hansom