Appointment of Executive Officer

Greg Boundy, appointed as Executive Officer, Walking SAWalking SA is delighted to announce that we have appointed Greg Boundy as our new Executive Officer.

Greg comes to Walking SA with a broad breadth and depth of experience. He has held senior roles in his career with commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations which equips him well for the Executive Officer role. Greg is highly experienced in developing and implementing strategic plans as well as operationally leading an organisation. Greg’s approach is to work highly collaboratively within the organisation, with stakeholders as well as the broader community. He is enthused by the work already undertaken by Walking SA with its strategic planning and its goals for the future and he can make a significant contribution to their achievement.

Greg has a range of personal interests including his family, hiking, photography and music. He and his wife Valerie are in their fifth year of hiking the Heysen Trail with The Friends of the Heysen Trail, which combines both his passion for walking and photography. They also holidayed in North America last year and the highlights included walking in the Canadian Rockies and also into Grand Canyon. Greg believes strongly in the health and wellbeing as well as the environmental benefits of walking and looks forward to engaging with all those with similar passion and commitment.

Belair National Park Open Day + New Find a Place to Walk Entry + Update from Wendy Keech, WalkingSA Chair

Wendy Keech, chair Walking SALate last month Walking SA held a Club Presidents Forum for club representatives. The event was a huge success, providing an opportunity for the Board to engage with representatives of Clubs in an open discussion regarding Walking SA.  We received some very helpful and valuable input on the night which we will include in our forward planning.  View a snapshot of the forum.

Walking SA will be involved in the Belair National Park Open Day on Sunday 3 May.  The event starts and 10am and concludes at 5pm.  Come along and visit our stand if you are in the area – we will have trail maps available and Board Members on hand to answer any questions you may have about Walking SA.

Finally, the Heart Foundation is celebrating 20 years of Heart Foundation Walking with two walks that you are invited to attend.  The first walk will be held on 2 May and again on 8 May.  Please support the Heart Foundation and join one of the walks to celebrate their achievements with walking promotion.

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We hope that you enjoy this latest edition of news from Walking SA.

Wendy Keech
Chair, Walking SA

Channel 7 Interview + Update from Wendy Keech, WalkingSA Chair

Wendy Keech, chair Walking SAWe hope that you are taking advantage of this perfect walking weather and suggest that you might try the newly reopened Crafers Circuit trail that is an alternative to reach the Mount Lofty Summit.

Walking SA Chair, Wendy Keech, was interviewed on 5AA’s Michael Keelan show on March 1, 2015. Wendy talks about the role walking plays in people’s daily life and strategies to stay active and fit.

As you may be aware, Walking SA has featured in the media on several occasions in recent weeks making comment on the Crafers Circuit with an article in the Eastern Courier and a feature story on Channel 7 that aired over the weekend. As Chair of Walking SA, I was interviewed on 5AA and spoke about the role walking plays in people’s daily life and strategies to stay active and fit. This media attention has been a great opportunity to raise the profile of Walking SA and highlights the hard work and progress we have been making behind the scenes to ensure our place as the peak body for walking in South Australia.

Later this month we are holding a Club Presidents Forum for club representatives. This will provide an opportunity for the Board to engage with representatives of Clubs in an open discussion regarding Walking SA, bushwalking and trails, and the development of walking as a preferred recreational activity, mode of transport and the promotion of its benefits for general health and well-being.

This month we feature:

We hope that you enjoy this latest edition of news from Walking SA.

Wendy Keech
Chair, Walking SA

Walking SA Annual General Meeting

The Walking SA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 30 October 2014 from 7.00pm at the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley.

The evening will commence with a short presentation from Mark de Lange who will present on the Adelaide Hills Council 20 Year Trail Strategy and Action Plan, the current Adelaide Hills walking trail network, and other Hills walking matters of interest. The strategy is designed to link townships for commuting purposes, provide unique experiences for visitors and provide outlets for recreational activity. Trail opportunities identified include a mix of walking, cycling and horse riding trails; some for shared use and other trails designed specifically for walking. Read the strategy: Part One and Part Two.

View the Agenda.

Please advise your availability to attend, RSVPing via email (office@walkingsa.org.au) by 23 October 2014.

Light nibbles and drinks will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Position Vacant – Executive Officer, Walking SA

The Board seeks to employ an Executive Officer for Walking SA.

Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, health, wellbeing, organised events, adventure, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

Our members include walking clubs, informal groups, individuals and organisations whose aims and objectives align with those of Walking SA.

The Executive Officer reports to the Board Chairperson and is responsible for growing, leading and coordinating the activities of the organisation and to champion and represent the organisation to the wider community, including other peak recreational bodies, government departments and other key stakeholders.

Key duties include, working closely with the Board to plan and implement strategies for the growth and sustainability of the organisation, financial planning, marketing and website maintenance and maintaining a positive, healthy and safe working environment.

We require someone with leadership, management and financial skills with a passion for promoting walking to the community. Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills are a must as well as demonstrated experience in securing funding and managing multiple- agency projects.

Remuneration of $30,000 per annum for approximately 20hrs per week; plus superannuation; times and location are negotiable.

More information about Walking SA can be found at: www.walkingsa.org.au.

Please forward your resume providing evidence of your skills and experience and the contact details for 3 referees to Ms Cate Mettam by email to cate.mettam@walkingsa.org.au or for any brief telephone enquiries on: 0428 841 715.

Applications must be received by COB Friday 20th June 2014.