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A bush track with trail markers. text reads WA Trails Forum 2024. Registrations now open

This year’s forum will focus on the strategic priorities of Aboriginal engagement, trails governance, trail tourism and sustainable trail development.  

The forum is proudly sponsored by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the City of Armadale, and delivered in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and  Trails WA

This professional development opportunity will deliver opportunities to network with other key industry stakeholders throughout the forum, including at an industry sundowner hosted by the City of Armadale. 


Please note this schedule of presenters is subject to change. A confirmed agenda will be distributed closer to the event date.  

9:00amSmoking Ceremony Adrian Tanner,  Noongar Whadjuk Maarman   
9:30amWelcomeErin Gauntlett, Deputy Director General, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries  
9:40amWelcome to CountryAunty Viv, Local Elder 
9:50amCity of Armadale Welcome addressRuth Butterfield, Mayor, City of ArmadalePortrait of Ruth Butterfiled
10:00amThe State of TrailsRod Annear, Assistant Director Visitor Services, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions  Portrait of Rod Annear wearing bike helmet on a riding trail
10:20amMinisterial address

Hon. Samantha Rowe MLC, representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation  

10:30amTrail Towns — Major announcementScott Drysdale – Deputy Chair, Trails WA Portrait photo of Scott Drysdale
10:40amMorning tea  
11:10amMC WelcomeTim Swart, Director Recreation and Camps, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries  
11:10amFrom Passion to Profession: Two Journeys to running award winning hiking companiesKate Gibson - Founder and Director, The Hike Collective, and Tracy Lindsey - Founder, Director and Guide, Off the Beaten Track  Kate Gibson and Tracy Lindsey portraits
11:30amStrategic Snapshot of the trails sectorSteve Bennett, Senior Policy Officer — Recreation, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Portrait of Steve Bennet wearing a hard hat and rock climbing harness
11:45amBuilding industry capacityGlenn Morley - Manager Recreation, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries 
Portrait of Glenn Morley
11:55amGrowing Western Australia’s trail tourism economy: Key insights for the trails sectorDr Lenore Lyons, Concept 2 Strategy on behalf of Tourism WA Portrait of Dr Lenore Lyons
12:10pmAustralian/New Zealand Trails Conference: 5 take-aways

Alison Pritchard, Coordinator Recreation and Trails Unit, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions 

Portrait image of Alison Pritchard
1:05pmMC WelcomeTabetha Beggs - Tourism Development Specialist, City of Armadale Portrait of Tabetha Beggs in hat and sunglasses on a trail walk
1:05pmWhere the trail beginsCorinne Omacini, Coordinator Environment, City of Armadale Portrait of Corinne Omancini
1:25pmUnder the Highway: Innovative use of space for all weather mountain bikingDavid Wilson, Project Contract Manager, Main Roads and Kristy Havelberg, Community and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Tonkin Gap AlliancePortraits of David Wilson and Kirsty Havelberg
1:40pmOn the Water: Connecting people to paddle trailsFiona Allen, Community Development Officer (Access and Inclusion), City of MandurahPortrait of Fiona Allen
1:50pmBuying the Hill: A small community approach to mountain bike trail tourism developmentMelinda Prinsloo, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of ChitteringMelinda Prinsloo portrait
2:15pmMC WelcomeRod Annear - Assistant Director Visitor Services, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and AttractionsPortrait of Rod Annear wearing bike helmet on a riding trail
2:15pmThe Swan Canning Riverpark River Journeys Interpretation Program and sourcing Aboriginal story content

Sean Renner, Project Officer, Rivers and Estuary Branch, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Portrait of Sean Renner

Trails. The pathway to creating a healthier, happier WA

Neil Le Febvre, Chief Executive Officer, Outdoors WA  

2:40pmDeveloping trails tourism across WAAgata Sleeman, Executive Officer, Trails WAPortrait of Agata Sleeman with beach in the background
2:50pmVolunteering on trails

Lee Hollingsworth, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Volunteer Coordination Unit, DBCA 

Portrait of Lee Hollingsworth with trees in the background
3:00pmLive survey — Industry priorities for 2024/25: Mentimeter PollGlenn Morley, Manager Recreation, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural IndustriesPortrait of Glenn Morley
3:15pmForum close and sundownerProudly sponsored by the City of Armadale 

Sundowner — Hosted by City of Armadale 

Immediately following the forum, the City of Armadale will be hosting an optional industry sundowner.  Tickets can be purchased for $22 including GST, during the forum registration process. 


Smart casual attire.


Catering for the forum includes tea and coffee, morning tea and lunch.

Please bring a water bottle to fill up throughout the day.

Special dietary requirements will be captured for each attendee during the registration process.  


There is free parking available between the Armadale District Hall and the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre at 40 Jull Street, Armadale. There are two ACROD bays for easy access to the venue.  

If this car park is at capacity, there is additional street parking along Jull Street and in the City of Armadale council car park, which can also be accessed from Jull Street or Orchard Avenue. Additional parking can be found behind Bean Thru and Dominos or at the Armadale City Shopping Centre, which is an 8 minute walk from the venue.


Please note that the City of Armadale train station is currently undergoing upgrades and is not operating. Bus timetables and alternative transport options are available from Transperth.

Pre-forum activities — Thursday 18 April 2024  

An informal welcome get-together will be hosted at Avocados Bar and Café from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for those wishing to do some pre-event networking. Please note drinks and meals are at your own expense. Tickets can be reserved during the registration process.

A special ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of the Avocados property will be presented by owner Brad Richards and Accommodation Manager, Maddy Mullaney. Get an insider look of this historical property, formerly known as Seraglio Park. The property sits on several acres that run along the Canning River, and dates back to the 1920s. Meet at 4:30pm in the restaurant reception area to join the one-hour guided tour. Brad and Maddy will escort you back to the restaurant for networking and drinks.

Tickets can be reserved during the registration process. 

Completing your registration

This event has sold out and registrations have now closed.

Payments are made at the point of registration through the ticketing platform. If you wish to pay via invoice, please email with this request.  

You will receive a confirmation email and tax receipt once your registration is complete.  

If you have any queries regarding your registration, please email  


$35 including GST, per person, for the forum including morning tea and lunch. 

Additional fee of $22 including GST, for the optional Industry Sundowner hosted by the City of Armadale after the forum concludes.  


If you are seeking further information regarding event and venue accessibility, please contact Suzanne Andrews (see contact details below). 


Photographs: Spinebill Stroll, Bungendore Park (at top of page). Canning Dam in the City of Armadale (below). Photos courtesy of City of Armadale.


Suzanne Andrews
Telephone 61 8 9492 9625
Image showing bushland and a walk trail down a hill, at Canning Dam in the City of Armadale.

Registrations are full



Forum — $35, and optional sundowner — $22. All prices include GST.


Armadale District Hall
Corner Jull Street and Church Avenue
Armadale WA
Page reviewed 10 May 2022