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Bushwalking Strategy - Reference Group members sought





 If you have an interest in the strategic direction of bushwalking and trail running, please read this and then consider submitting an Expression of Interest to join the Stakeholder Reference Group on the attached form by Monday 29 January.


To provide a community based forum of activity and interest group representatives to assist in the development of a strategy for bushwalking and trail running in WA.



The Trails Reference Group endorsed the need for a strategic plan for bushwalking and trail running on 26 September 2017. The plan should provide guidance for the sustainable development, governance, provision, management, maintenance, resourcing and promotion of bushwalking and trail running activities and trails throughout Western Australia. It is intended that the plan will be used to:

  • Provide a guiding document to the Western Australian bushwalking and trail running communities;
  • Provide a clear framework to guide government decision making, funding and resource allocation for bushwalking and trail running in the state;
  • Establish an implementation plan for the Bushwalking and Trail Running Strategy state-wide;
  • Provide the opportunity for land managers to adopt a proactive approach to the development of infrastructure to support bushwalking and trail running across the State; and
  • Support the assessment of trails grant applications against a state-wide strategy.



The Stakeholders Reference Group (SRG) has the following objectives:

  • Provide current bushwalking / trail running user perspectives to the project.
  • Guide the direction of the project through participation in an eminent persons’ forum;
  • Review and provide comment on key aspects of the project,
  • Assist in the communication of the project back to user groups;
  • Encourage community participation in a broad project survey process; and
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with relevant stakeholders.



The SRG will be comprised of representatives from the following:

  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC);
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA);
  • Bushwalking WA;
  • Trails WA;
  • Perth Trail Series;
  • Bushwalking / trail running structured and unstructured user groups;
  • Land/trail managers for bushwalking / trail running trails; and
  • Individual recreational enthusiasts of differing levels of skills and experience.


To ensure continued discussion and progress by the SRG, there is no provision for proxies.

Should appointed members resign from the SRG, DLGSC and DBCA may, at their discretion, appoint a replacement member from a similar background.


Guiding Principles

The following general principles will guide SRG participation:

  • Members are encouraged and provided opportunity to participate and voice their thoughts and opinions;
  • Members will consider and respect the broad needs of all stakeholders and users;
  • Members agree to support a long-term, sustainable planning and development approach; and
  • Members will provide advice and comment on matters relating to sustainable bushwalking and trail running activities.



All documentation for the SRG will be stored on DLGSC corporate files. Copies of documentation will be provided to working group members in a timely manner.



Meetings will be chaired by DLGSC or DBCA and will generally be facilitated by the project consultant.

Meetings will be held as required across the period January to July 2018.


To submit an Expression of Interest to join the Reference Group please complete the form and submit to DSR

EOI Bushwalking ReferenceGroup.DOCX


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