Bill Gehling, Walking SA

2016 Award Winner
Award Category: 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 two years. As vice president he also served as acting president on at least two other occasions. Bill has frequently served as a committee member throughout Walking SA’s existence, with his contribution over many years focused on policy issues. That contribution included an invaluable contribution of insights and information to the review of Walking SA which culminated in the recent broadening of its role, of which he is a strong advocate. His 1998 MBA thesis ‘The development of an umbrella organisation’ remains a unique record and reflection of the Walking SA’s early years. That, and his overall contribution to Walking SA, emphasises his very longstanding concern to place walking at all levels, state and nationally, in a central normative space.

About the Walking Awards

Walking SA has initiated annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout South Australia.

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.

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award please do consider nominating them, nominations are taken throughout the year.