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Trails forum explores new paths

THE GREAT Southern Centre for Outdoor Excellence (GSCORE) recently hosted the 2019 Great Southern Trails Forum in Albany.

About 100 people from Woodanilling, Kojonup, Gnowangerup, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup and Albany attended, representing a range of industry sectors, including recreation, health services, education, land care and environmental groups, community groups, local government, tourism operators and trail user groups.

Participants sharing ideas at the 2019 forum.

“The forum was a huge success,” GSCORE executive director Lenore Lyons said. “There was a common desire to see sustainable trail development that is inclusive of all users, and recognition that trail-building needed to deliver benefits back to the communities they served.” Dr Lyons said the group explored how trail use for wellness could be inclusive of groups such as youth and seniors, those with disability or chronic health issues, and Aboriginal communities.”

“Along with emphasis on improved wellbeing, we wanted to explore how trails could be used to tackle social disadvantage, and build resilience in communities and groups not usually considered typical users,” Dr Lyons said. “Trails are good for the physical body but we also want them to be used by people needing mental health support.”

GSCORE was committed to making the forum an annual event and would seek a bigger venue next year, to cater for growing interest across the region.

To learn more or read about the forum in more detail visit www.gscore.com.au

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