Make Walking Great Again, Wed 18 Oct 2023

Join Walking SA to share walkability success stories and explore opportunities to make your local area more walkable.

Hear how you can overcome the challenges to make your own local area a success.

Wed 18 Oct 2023
9am to 1pm
Networking and light refreshments included

The Jade
142-160 Flinders St


  • Keynote Speaker:
       Brian Deegan, Director of Inspections (Active Travel England)
    London, UK
  • Local speakers will share local walking examples of how we can influence change including:
    •    Charles Mountain, RAA Senior Safety & Infrastructure
    •    Sara Morrison, Traffic Engineer, City of Charles Sturt
  • Panel discussion
  • Workshop:
       Making change happen

Walking Awards – Nominations open

Step into Spring also means the annual Walking SA Walking Awards sponsored by Wellbeing SA are now open.

In 2023, the five award categories are:

  1. Walking for Health: Supporting South Australians’ health and wellbeing through walking ($1500)
  2. Walking for Recreation: Supporting South Australians accessing green open space for walking ($1,500)
  3. Walking for Transport: Supporting South Australians making short trips by walking ($1,500)
  4. Outstanding Group or Individual Contribution to advance walking inclusivity: Outstanding group or individual contribution to make walking an all-inclusive activity (new category) ($750)
  5. Outstanding Individual Contribution of volunteer to walking:  Outstanding individual contribution to walking in South Australia ($750)

Nominate a worthy recipient and let’s recognise their endeavour that enables us all to enjoy the beauty and benefits of walking.

Key Dates for Awards Entries

Nominations open: 11 September 2023
Nominations close: 16 October 2023 – extended – 30 October 2023
Awards Ceremony: 9 November 2023 (Walking SA AGM)

Improving walkability – Walking SA’s submission to improve a key intersection along Glen Osmond Road, Parkside

Walking SA supports improvements that minimise potential conflict between road users and increases safety measures for the most vulnerable, pedestrian users. See our feedback and views on turns and slip lanes, ‘keep clear’ markings, pedestrian fencing and school speed zones and the role they play at the intersection of GOR, Kenilworth Road and Young Street.

Walking SA accepts the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supports the Yes vote

The Walking SA Board publicly declare our support for the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for a Voice that will provide a mechanism for First Nations peoples to actively participate and advise on policies and laws which affect them.

History tells us that previous First Nations representative bodies have been continually dismantled by the commonwealth government at will. By writing YES in the referendum, Australians can establish a permanent representative body that advocates for the needs and aspirations of First Nations people.

As the peak body representing all types of walking in South Australia we know that First Nations communities are at the front line of climate impacts in this country. We share a deep love of our country and actively pursue sharing this reverence with all Australians. By ensuring that First Nations communities are represented in shaping national policies, we can not only take substantive steps to close the gap, but also take steps towards achieving better health, environment and climate outcomes for all.

We know the names of all the parks and of those generous European benefactors who bequeathed land back to the government on their passing, but we struggle to tell the stories of those who lived on these places pre European settlement. There is work to be done.

Walking SA supports all elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, recognizing the focus is on the First Nations Voice to Parliament, while not diminishing the need to begin work on negotiating Treaty and embracing Truth-telling.

We encourage those who have not read the Uluru statement to do so. it is a hopeful and generous document and I quote:
In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

We acknowledge the diversity of views on this issue and encourage all our members and the broader community to engage in these important processes in the hope that we all will be able to make an informed decision when voting in the upcoming Referendum on 14 of October 2023.


For more information contact:
Sharon Kelsey, Executive Director
Walking SA

Position statement as at September 2023.

Walking SA AGM and Walking Awards presentation 2023

Date: Thursday 9 November 2023
Time: AGM 6.30pm, followed by Walking Awards award ceremony
Venue: The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000 (View Map)

This year the event will have a theme of ‘inclusive walkability’.

Following general business, Mr Travis Saunders will speak from a lived experience in making walking inclusive.

The event will culminate in the presentation of the annual Walking Awards, including two new categories of awards that recognise contributions to make walking an all-inclusive activity, and to recognise an outstanding walk volunteer.

Public welcome.

Thanks to EXURBIA The Adventure Supply Co we have 3 vouchers as Lucky Door Prizes, 1 x valued at $200 and 2 x valued at $100, to spend in-store at EXURBIA.

For catering purposes please RSVP to

There is free on-street carparking after 6pm and nearby multi-story parking areas. The Jade is 6-10 mins walk from the closest tram stop.

Nominations for the Board

Nominations for membership of the 2023/24 Walking SA Board are invited from anyone interested in walking and contributing to make South Australia a more walkable state with truly memorable walk experiences.

Help us to share the love of walking and get more people walking more often.

We are particularly interested in applications from members from our walking clubs.

Please refer to the Nomination Form ( Microsoft Word, or PDF.)

Please send your completed nomination form to:
Sharon Kelsey, Executive Director
Walking SA
Level 1, 155-159 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
or email
by Thursday 2nd November 2023.