More than 200 people attended the WA Trails and Recreation Forum, held over three days in October at various locations across the Great Southern.
Welcomes from Menang Elder Lester Coyne, City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington and keynote speaker Emma George set the scene for what would be an insightful forum of shared learnings and networking.
The Hon Dr Tony Buti MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation officially opened the forum, speaking to the significant growth in the number of Western Australians engaging with the outdoors and trails.
Minister Buti outlined the State Government’s record levels of investment in trails projects across WA and new resources and training frameworks for the planning, construction and maintenance of trails.
The main forum included 30 presentations on a broad range of topics addressing the themes of recovery, resilience, recreation, planning, Aboriginal leadership and engagement and trail insights.
The broad range of attendees included land managers, planners, funders, trail builders, not-for-profit trail and recreation organisations, State and local government officers, volunteers, tourism experts and trail and recreation advocates.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with more than 80% of surveyed attendees indicating the knowledge they gained will apply to their working role.
The WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021 was hosted by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, City of Albany and Outdoors Great Southern.
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