At the Trails Industry forum on 19 May, Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray launched the WA Strategic Trails Blueprint, which will guide the next five years of trails development.
The WA Strategic Trails Blueprint 2017–2021 (the Blueprint) is an overarching guide for consistent and coordinated planning, development and management of quality trails and trail experiences across Western Australia. It provides a vision, guiding principles, strategic directions and actions for consideration across the State for government, trail managers, landholders, trail support groups, tourism operators and the community.
Western Australia is blessed with stunning natural landscapes and the Blueprint expresses the aspirations of the trails community to achieve improved and sustainable outcomes for trail supply, experiences, community development and the local, regional and state visitor economies.
Physical and mental health continues to be vitally important to the general well-being of Western Australian communities and trails in all their forms provide a valuable outlet for exercise, play, challenge, recreation and adventure. Trails also improve the awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and build support for its conservation and protection.
Tourism is now playing a bigger and more significant part in trails development, as visitors – both international and domestic – look for interesting, challenging and unique experiences as part of their holidays and travels. This document recognises that quality trails have the ability to create “Trail Towns”, “Trail Centres” and “Trail Networks” which embrace and benefit communities on an economic, tourism and social level.
By 2021 more people will be using Western Australia’s trail network resulting in greater community, social, cultural, economic, environmental, health and wellbeing outcomes for Western Australia.