Welcome to a New Organisation Member – Scout Outdoor Centre

Welcome to our new Organisation Member - Scout Outdoor CentreFollowing from the Hiking Expo Walking SA has gathered a number of new organisation members and over this and future newsletters we will feature them.

The first one is the Scout Outdoor Centre who were a strong supporter of the recent Hiking Expo and provided a backpack prize on the day. I am sure we are all familiar with this outlet on Rundle Street which provides a expert advice and a wide range of hiking, camping and outdoor clothing, equipment and other accessories.

View all our members and supporters.

New Office Location

New address:
118 Richmond Road, Marleston SA 5033

Over the Christmas/New Year period Walking SA relocated its office to 118 Richmond Road, Marleston SA 5033. We have relocated alongside Active Ageing Australia. This is within the building of Arthritis SA on the corner of South Road and Richmond Road. All tenants at our previous location at State Association House, Kent Town vacated at the end of December 2016 as the landlord had a new commercial tenant.

Our phone number remains as 0457 006 620.

Hiking Expo, Opening of the Bushwalking Season, 23 April 2017

Hiking Expo, Opening of the South Australian Bushwalking Season, 23 April 2017 at Belair National ParkSunday 23rd April 2017
Belair National Park

An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activity. South Australia’s bushwalking clubs and Walking SA are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a unique day in Belair National Park.

  • Expo of walking clubs, walking tour companies and outdoor retailers
  • Come-and-try bushwalks ranging from 30mins to 3 hours
  • Free park entry on the day

Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/expo


Supported by Walking SA, ARPA, Friends of the Heysen Trail, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI), and Adelaide Bushwalkers.

Walking SA is inviting walking clubs, outdoor retailers and walking tour companies to display stands at the expo, and operate come-and-try walks on the day. Get in touch with Greg Boundy via office@walkingsa.org.au or 0457 006 620.

Bushwalking Australia 2016 Hobart Conference

Walking SA participated in the recent Bushwalking Australia conference held in Hobart. Of significant interest was the new insurance arrangements, together with the reduction in rates, and the insurance broker presented as also responded to questions from the attendees. Overall Bushwalking Australia is well pleased with the new brokers that were selected earlier in the year. For member clubs with insurance through Walking SA there is a significant resource on the Bushwalking Australia website that details information about insurance cover.

Also a matter that took up considerable time was the ongoing development of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards. The Bushwalking Australia position statement clearly states that it is our view that they not be required for our organisations. There is some concern that this may not be the case although the draft standards state clearly that they do not apply, and Bushwalking Australia and all states including Walking SA, will maintain robust opposition to any change in that regard.

Report on Presidents’ Forum

Walking SA presided over the Presidents Forum which followed our AGM on 13th October 2016. There were four main items addressed including the chance for member feedback.

  1. Strategic Direction
    Wendy Keech presented the framework of the Strategic Plan Walking SA is developing for 2017-19 that builds upon the achievements of the 2014-16 plan. This included the promotion and marketing of walking; advocacy and growth of walking and developing infrastructure and services to support walking. Further, Walking SA is to raise its profile by promotion and marketing; partnership development and demonstrating strong governance and achieving financial sustainability.
  2. Adelaide100
    Jim Mclean presented an update of the Adelaide100 project and we had on display a large map of the Adelaide100 trail which drew strongly favourable responses
  3. Advocacy
    Executive Officer Greg Boundy presented on the increased advocacy role that Walking SA was taking and will further develop
  4. Member feedback
    There was support for Walking SA taking the stronger advocacy role particularly with specific concerns expressed re mountain bikes on walking trails.

2015/2016 Annual Report

Walking SA 2015-16 Annual Report

Walking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 13th October with a healthy attendance of member clubs, organisations and individuals. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night. The AGM was a relatively straight forward meeting and Walking SA was delighted to appoint a new Board member in Di Lind. Di is the president of ARPA Bushwalkers and is involved with a number of other clubs as well and is very active bushwalker.

The 2015/16 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Wendy, President of Walking SA, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights as well as challenges, facing Walking SA and the walking community. View the 2015/16 Annual Report.

Annual Report highlights include:

  • 11 highlights of the past year
  • read about the year’s achievements in the Chair’s Report
  • Walktober, October 2016
  • Interest in the Adelaide100 grows
  • Walking Awards
  • an overview of our membership
  • report from our new Executive Officer
  • Treasurers Report

Trails Less Travelled – hike Mt Lofty from a different direction, Sunday 16th October 2016

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction. Sunday October 16 2016. Hikes from 8am.Most Adelaidians are familiar with the Waterfall Gully track to Mt Lofty Summit but did you know there are at least 9 other routes that can get you to the top? Come and join one of our hosted walks and discover some of the lesser known trails exploring Cleland Conservation Park and the trails beyond.

There are walk options to suit everybody. If you’re after a serious climb along forest trails to get your heart pumping, a gentle ramble to take in the scenery or something in between then we have a walk for you. Check out the options and choose from various lengths, terrain and starting points. All walks will start at 8am and will be led by one of our member clubs so you don’t even need to read a map! Registration is free.

Once you’re at the top, you can refresh yourself at the Summit Cafe and stroll among the stall holders in the summit courtyard.

So whether it’s a new route or an old favourite, register for one of the Trails Less Travelled and we’ll see you at the summit!

Walking the Heysen Trail

Walking SA Executive Officer Greg Boundy finishes the Heysen Trail

Walking SA Executive Officer Greg Boundy finishes the Heysen Trail

Our Executive Officer Greg Boundy recently completed the 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail.

Greg has given us a quick summary of the experience:

“Together with my wife Valerie we commenced walking the Heysen Trail in an organised ground with the Friends of the Heysen Trail “End-to-End 6 Group”. As a somewhat reluctant walker and not being particularly fit the walking of the trail has been quite transformational in me now being a very motivated walker, and much fitter, as well as a range of other significant benefits. These include enjoying the environment on the trails, some truly exceptional parts of South Australia, establishing a delightful new group of friends as well as appreciating my love of photography.

What it has also made us appreciated is those that have lead and supported the Heysen Trail through the initial vision, establishing and now maintaining the trail as well as the leaders that have dedicated their time as well. All if these are volunteers. Walking the Heysen Trail also provides a significant boost to the regional economy with the provision of accommodation, meals, transport etc. We would strongly recommend undertaking the whole trail and enjoying the multiple benefits that will arise.”

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.

Inaugural Walking SA Awards

Media release cover image, images only

  • Who created that walking trail?
  • Who inspired me to go walking?
  • How did that organisation come about?
  • Who promoted the joys of bushwalking?

Many volunteers and others have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, walking clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism. At Walking SA we believe that it’s about time they were recognised.

Walking SA is initiating annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. If you know of someone who should be considered for an award in 2016 please do consider nominating them.

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, bushwalking, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

Our vision is to have more people walking more often. We provide leadership through; promoting and supporting walking opportunities for all South Australians; promoting opportunities to improve the health and lifestyle of South Australians through walking; as well as expertise, guidance and advocacy for safe and supportive walking infrastructure.

We are launching 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

Criteria for the awards will encompass

  • Enhanced the development of walking in South Australia and/or
  • Significantly furthered the objectives of Walking SA and/or
  • Developed/supported the implementation of a significant walking project/activity and/or
  • Added value to the wider community of South Australia

The awards are a leadership initiative of Walking SA towards public recognition of individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to walking at all levels in South Australia.

Nominations may be made by any South Australian nominators. Referees and nominees are not required to be members of Walking SA or of a walking club. We’ll also be pleased to consider self-nominations.

Nominations close on 26th August 2016. Awards will be presented at the Awards Presentation Night on Thursday 13th October 2016.

For further information contact: –

Wendy Keech – Walking SA Chair: 0403 997 907

Greg Boundy – Walking SA Executive Officer: 0457 006 620

2015 Annual General Meeting featuring Dr Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks

Notice of Meeting

7pm Thursday 8th October 2015
Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA
Drinks and nibbles from 7.00pm
7.15pm Guest Speaker – Dr Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks

Dr Ben Rossiter, Victoria WalksBen will reflect on the development of Victoria Walks. He will then share some pearls of wisdom from that evolving journey, especially some ideas that may be used to inform the future pathway for Walking SA.

Ben is the Executive Officer of Victoria Walks since it was established by VicHealth in 2009. Victoria Walks is widely recognised for its work in promoting walking and creating walkable communities.

Ben is an internationally recognised leader in walking promotion and is on the board of the International Federation of Pedestrians. He has a long interest in walking and strong, healthy, socially connected communities and urban environments. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities. He grew up bushwalking and particularly enjoys walking and playing in his neighbourhood with his children.

Auditor sought for Walking SA for 2015/2016 financial year

Auditor sought for Walking SA starting with the 2015/2016 financial year.

We’re looking for a person or company/partnership to audit our accounts and help us ensure we’re meeting all our statutory financial and tax obligations. Walking SA is a micro organisation with less than $100 000 turnover and a well organised accounting system using Xero.

The members of Walking SA are hoping to continue the fortunate practice of pro-bono auditor services.

If you can offer your services or would like further information, please contact the Treasurer, Ian Budenberg, on 08 8390 1574 or treasurer@walkingsa.org.au

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.