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WA Trails and Recreation Forum

The 2021 forum will be held in Albany from 13 to 15 October to showcase the record levels of trails capital works underway in the Great Southern region as well as reinforcing a common, state-wide strategic approach to trails development, management, governance and marketing. 

The event will feature 30 presentations across the themes of Recreation, Recovery and Resilience and give attendees the chance to get out on some trails to see the work being done locally.

Presenters from across the State will inform and educate on a wide range of topics including trail planning and building, trails as a recovery tool, international and local case studies, the economics of trails and Aboriginal tourism. One of the emerging themes in trails is Aboriginal enterprise, engagement and opportunity, which will be reflected through four Aboriginal-specific presentations.

Former Olympic athlete and passionate outdoor recreation advocate Emma George will give the keynote address on her journey of recovery and resilience.

The forum is a longtime partnership between the DLGSC and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), along with regional partners Outdoors Great Southern and the City of Albany.

“The forum is always a great opportunity to hear new ideas and connect with people across the industry and connected sectors,” says DLGSC Trails Specialist Steve Bennett. “It provides a good space to not only learn but contribute to the future of our trails network.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in trails, given the level of investment in the area. Plus, the level of public interest and use because of COVID means there are more people than ever getting outside and learning about what trails can offer.”

More than 170 people from a wide range of agencies, organisations, foundations, user cohorts and commercial businesses are registered to attend.

WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021


Page reviewed 27 February 2023