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Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan


The Great Southern will become a world-class trails destination


The Great Southern 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.

To read the Background Report, please visit here


Public Consultation Schedule

The Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan (RTMP) public comment period closed at midnight, Sunday 19 January 2020.

Thank you to all those who offered informed comment on the draft plan, either representing an industry organisation or agency,  or as groups or individuals with an interest in outdoor recreation and trails.

Download the Executive Summary of the draft plan:

We anticipate the final plan will be released in March.

What happens next?

Following the period of public comment, all feedback will be reviewed by the Project Management Executive Group. The master plan may be amended 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


This project employs the WA Trail Development Series eight-stage planning framework. For more information refer to the DBCA Trail Planning website.

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