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Free forum looks at trails with new eyes for future users

What if trails could help a community become stronger, healthier and more resilient? Discover their potential by coming to the 2019 Great Southern Trail Forum.

This free forum on Friday, 2 August (from 9am – 12.30pm) will explore how Trail Towns create jobs, grow regional economies and build communities.

Forum host, GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons, says this year’s theme – Trails are for everyone: Building community resilience through trail development – looks at trails through a different lens.

“This time we want to explore how trails can potentially be used in tandem with programs for wellness and inclusion in groups like youth and seniors, those with disability or chronic health issues, youth and seniors and Aboriginal communities,” says Dr Lyons.

“With the continued emphasis on improved wellbeing I think it’s worth exploring how trails can be used to tackle social disadvantage and build resilience in communities and groups who aren’t considered typical trail users. 

“We know using trails is great for your physical body but we also want trails to be part of the wellness prescription in spaces where people need support with their mental health.”

The forum’s workshop will explore how to use trails to build stronger and healthier communities by asking questions like: How do we ensure that trail building projects deliver strong social and health benefits to residents? How do we ensure that trail development is inclusive? How can we use trails to tackle social disadvantage?

Held at the City of Albany offices, the forum keynote will be delivered by Matt Harrington the Senior Project Manager at the Yarra Ranges Council in Victoria who will be offering an insight into the planning and preparation for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination.

The program also includes a local case study and an update on the Great Southern Regional Trails Masterplan.

GSCORE encourage attendance by community development officers, community groups and health, mental health and allied health service providers. The forum will also be of interest to trail managers and marketing organisations, government, not-for-profit organisations, local tourism organisations, clubs, associations and public who regularly use trails and businesses servicing the trails and tourism sector.

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