Walking SA – Walking Awards 2017

Walking SA initiated the Walking SA Walking Awards in 2016 which were presented at an event in October 2016.

The Walking SA Awards for 2017 are now open in the following categories:

  • Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation
  • Local Government Award – Individual
  • Local Government Award – Organisation

For more information please see: walkingsa.org.au/awards.

We’re accepting nominations for the 2017 awards.

The 2016 inaugural annual awards to recognise contributions to walking in South Australia

2016 walking award winners at the award presentation, 13 October 2016

2016 walking award winners at the award presentation, 13 October 2016

Many volunteers and others have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, waling clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism.

We’ve initiated annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. This year’s winners were announced at our Walking Awards & Forum on Thursday 13th October 2016. If you know of someone who should be considered for 2017’s awards please do consider nominating them, we’re accepting nominations throughout the year.

2016 Inaugural Annual Walking Award Winners

2016 Award Winner: Paul Di Iulio (CEO), Campbelltown City Council

Paul Di Iulio (CEO), Campbelltown City Council

2016 Local Government Individual

Walkability is embedded in Campbelltown City Council‘s Environmental Management Plan (2020), one of four strategic plans of Council, as part of sustainable management and enjoyment of Campbelltown’s natural environment. Council is committed to improving the connection of existing …

2016 Award Winner: Jim Binder, City of Salisbury

Jim Binder, City of Salisbury

2016 Local Government Award – Individual

The City of Salisbury were one of the first Local Government areas in SA to register with the Heart Foundation’s Just Walk It (now known as Heart Foundation Walking) program in 2005. Jim Binder was identified as the Local Coordinator and established numerous groups across the council …

2016 Award Winner: Coorong District Council

Coorong District Council

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

Development and construction of the Murray Coorong Trail is the largest of Coorong District Council‘s long term walking initiatives. Coorong District Council is one of three regional Councils involved in developing the 450km walking/cycling trail – and at the end of 2016-17 (when stage …

2016 Award Winner: City of Mitcham

City of Mitcham

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

The City of Mitcham is setting a South Australian benchmark for purpose built, sustainable trail development in local government reserves. Open Space within metropolitan areas is limited and reserves on the perimeter of urban areas are often used for informal sporting pursuits. The growing …

2016 Award Winner: District Council of Barunga West

District Council of Barunga West

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

The District Council of Barunga West is part of a region known for its high level of community connectedness. However, some of the challenges facing the region include older people living in smaller communities, who are at risk of isolation and with reduced access to infrastructure and …

2016 Award Winner: City of Mount Gambier

City of Mount Gambier

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

The City of Mount Gambier has recently completed a large scale walking project, developing the Mount Gambier Rail Trail. This has consisted of 3.1km of derelict rail corridor being transformed into a shared walking and cycling path from the west to east across Mount Gambier. The 3m wide asphalt …

2016 Award Winner: Yorke Peninsula Council

Yorke Peninsula Council

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

Walk the Yorke is a continuous shared walking and cycling trail taking in over 500km of Yorke Peninsula coastline. Walk the Yorke offers users the chance to experience spectacular rugged cliffs, amazing views, pristine beaches, secluded coves, rocky reefs and tidal pools, windswept sand dunes, …

2016 Award Winner: Keith Herbig, Adelaide Happy Wanderers

Keith Herbig, Adelaide Happy Wanderers

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Keith started the Adelaide Happy Wanderers together with Bart van der Wel in 1982. His introduction to bushwalking was originally at Mannum Area School in the early 1960s. Keith was in active service during the Vietnam War. This experience would have prepared him for the hardships associated …

2016 Award Winner: Helen Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

Helen Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Helen joined the Retired Teachers Walking Group and ARPA Bushwalkers in 1994. She has been heavily involved in the planning and leading of many camps and walks for both groups over that time. She has been the Treasurer of Retired Teachers Walking Group for many years and supportive of others …

2016 Award Winner: David Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

David Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

David joined the Retired Teachers Association Walking Group in 1994 at a time when his eyesight was failing due to Macular Degeneration. He also became a member of ARPA Bushwalkers about the same time and despite his disability has contributed to both groups through the planning and leading of …

2016 Award Winner: Michelle Wilson, Heart Foundation

Michelle Wilson, Heart Foundation

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Michelle joined the Heart Foundation in 2004 as the manager of “Just Walk It” a South Australian community walking program that assisted councils, health services and community organisations to establish free walking programs in their community. Due to Michelle’s foresight and the leadership of …

2016 Award Winner: Friends of the Heysen Trail

Friends of the Heysen Trail

2016 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The Friends of the Heysen Trail were formed in 1986 to undertake the development and maintenance of the Heysen Trail and other walking trails which they have steadfastly done for over 25 years. Current membership is approximately 1,000. The Friends of the Heysen Trail coordinate many groups and …

2016 Award Winner: Heart Foundation – South Australian Division

Heart Foundation – South Australian Division

2016 Special Recognition Award – Group / Organisation

The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For over 50 years we have worked to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. The Heart Foundation is committed to actively promoting walking to the general public …

2016 Award Winner: Julian Monfries, Friends of the Heysen Trail

Julian Monfries, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2016 Longstanding Contribution/Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Julian has a long history of advocating walking as a beneficial healthy activity. He has always walked the talk. Julian walked with Keep Fit SA walking group prior to doing first Heysen Trail traverse in the early 90s. He joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail (the Friends) in 1991 and …

2016 Award Winner: Colin Edwards, Friends of the Heysen Trail

Colin Edwards, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2016 Longstanding Contribution / Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Colin joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail (the Friends) in 1989. Colin has given many years to assisting the management of the Friends, both with leading walks and trail development and maintenance. Not only management, Colin is very hands on, being one to lead the way. The Friends are very …

2016 Award Winner: Bill Gehling, Walking SA

Bill Gehling, Walking SA

2016 Longstanding Contribution / Distinguished Service Award – Individual

In 1991 Bill became involved in the establishment of an organisation of bushwalking clubs as the representative of Adelaide Bushwalkers, of which he had been a member since 1975. He became the foundation president of the new bushwalking federation (now Walking SA), and served two full terms of …

Walking Awards & Forum, 13th October 2016

Walking Awards & Forum
13th October 2016, 7pm

The evening will be part of #walktoberSA

Drinks and nibbles from 7.45 – 8.00pm

Goodwood Community Centre
32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA 5034

Award Presentation

7:00 – 7:45pm
All welcome, including members & member clubs

We are publicly recognising the many volunteers and others who have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, walking clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism.

During the award ceremony we are present awards in five categories:

  • Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation
  • Local Government Award – Individual
  • Local Government Award – Organisation

AGM
 

8:00 – 8:30pm
All welcome>, including members & member clubs

A brief annual general meeting.

A detailed agenda will be made available prior to the evening.

  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Any other business to be placed on the agenda
  3. Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM
  4. Annual Report and Officer’s Reports
  5. Appointment of auditors
  6. 2016/17 Board
  7. Other business
  8. Meeting close

View Nomination form.

President’s Forum

8:30 – 9:30pm
All welcome, including members & member clubs

The Forum is an opportunity for our member walking club representatives to engage in an ongoing discussion with the Board regarding the future plans of Walking SA.

The forum will cover:

  1. Walking SA – Our future
    This will be an interactive update on the development of Walking SA, future plans and directions including the development of an updated Strategic Plan for 2017.
  2. Adelaide100
    This is our major project and an update will be provided on progress.
  3. Advocacy
    Walking SA is keen to establish a stronger voice for the all the walking interests by collaborating with all member clubs and organisations as well as the wider walking community.
  4. Members Forum
    An opportunity to share issues and activities of your clubs and organisations with the Board and all attendees.