2017 Walking Awards recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

Liz O’Shea accepting her Walking SA Walking Award for Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual

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.

In its second year, last night’s annual awards at Plant 4 Bowden recognised sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout South Australia.

Awards were presented to 19 organisations and individuals, celebrating their contribution to walking in SA.

If you know of someone who should be considered for 2018’s awards please do consider nominating them, we’re accepting nominations throughout the year.

2017 Annual Walking Award Winners

2017 Award Winner: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

2017 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

DEWNR has enhanced the development of walking in South Australia with the vision and implementation of this significant walking trail. …

2017 Award Winner: City of Salisbury

City of Salisbury

2017 Local Government Award – Organisation

The City of Salisbury has developed and delivered the Green Trails Masterplan to deliver cross-city (and beyond) trails including the Little Para River Linear Trail and Dry Creek Trails. In late 2016 the City of Salisbury opened the Lowie’s Loop Nature Play Trail at the Boardwalk at Greentree …

2017 Award Winner: City of Charles Sturt

City of Charles Sturt

2017 Local Government Award – Organisation

The City of Charles Sturt is demonstrating an ongoing commitment to improving walking infrastructure in the delivery of the Grange Lakes Shared Use Path. The strategic vision for this Accessible path is to create links between recreational and historic sites, public transport and other walking …

2017 Award Winner: District Council of Elliston

District Council of Elliston

2017 Local Government Award – Organisation

The District Council of Elliston has completed the Elliston Coastal Trail, a series of connected trail loops on the shores of spectacular Waterloo Bay between some of the most dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula. With gentle well formed compact tracks over much of the four trail options, …

2017 Award Winner: District Council of Robe

District Council of Robe

2017 Local Government Award – Organisation

The District Council of Robe has formalized and consolidated the many informal walking trails through the coastal dunes and cliff tops around the Robe township into one trail. By surfacing the trail and controlling the access through the coastal areas the safety of trail users and enviromental …

2017 Award Winner: South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated

South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated

2017 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

South Australian Recreation Trails have brought to life the vision of walking in the hills to the east of the Mt Lofty Ranges. The dedicated group of volunteers have engaged with local councils, landowners, community groups and local businesses to plan and implement the trail over a series of …

2017 Award Winner: Ian Pool, South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated

Ian Pool, South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Major contributor preventing the Lavender Federation Trail from stalling in 2004 The Lavender Federation Trail originally a part of Terry Lavenders vision of a long distance walking trail predominantly to the east of the Mt Lofty Ranges by 2004 had reached Tungkillo after planning started in …

2017 Award Winner: Chris Bushell, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc, Walking SA and ARPA Bushwalkers

Chris Bushell, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc, Walking SA and ARPA Bushwalkers

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Chris has made significant and ongoing contributions over the past 13 years to South Australian Recreation Trails Inc who have been developing and implementing the Lavendar Federation Trail. With his past work with ARPA Bushwalkers and Walking SA he is recognised for this Special Recognition Award. …

2017 Award Winner: David Beaton, Friends of the Heysen Trail

David Beaton, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

David first joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 1996, serving on their Council and volunteering at their office. In 2000 he was instrumental in the vision of providing a program for people to walk the entire 1,200km Heysen Trail in a series of supported day and weekend walks. The first …

2017 Award Winner: Denise Adams, Gawler Bushwalkers

Denise Adams, Gawler Bushwalkers

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

In 1995 Denise started the Gawler Bushwalking Club, leading walks and serving on the Committee in various roles. Now 22 years old, that vision has lead to a group of up to 25 local walkers participating on the fortnight hikes. …

2017 Award Winner: Gordon Begg, Bushwalking Leadership SA

Gordon Begg, Bushwalking Leadership SA

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Gordon has spent many years volunteering and contributing to the management and ongoing operations of Bushwalking Leadership South Australia. The program has been training bushwalking leaders in South Australia since 1973, setting the training standards to a high level with a proud safety …

2017 Award Winner: Carlien Melrose, ARPA Bushwalkers

Carlien Melrose, ARPA Bushwalkers

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Carlien was a founding member of ARPA Bushwalkers, and has gone on to inspire and assisted countless walkers with training programmes and suggestions for walks. …

2017 Award Winner: Des Barnett, ARPA Bushwalkers

Des Barnett, ARPA Bushwalkers

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Des lead the first group of ARPA Bushwalkers to walk the length of the iconic 1,200km Heysen Trail. He has made valuable contributions to ARPA Bushwalkers by instigating summer camps in the Victorian and NSW High Country, organising the Heysen 2000 – where the whole Heysen Trail was walked in …

2017 Award Winner: Joan Mooney, ARPA Bushwalkers

Joan Mooney, ARPA Bushwalkers

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Joan has made valuable contributions to ARPA Bushwalkers by serving on the
Committee, representing ARPA on the Walking Federation Board (now Walking SA), leading a Heysen 4 group, leading many day walks at all levels and assisting on a number of walking camps. …

2017 Award Winner: Jeremy Carter, Walking SA and Friends of the Heysen Trail

Jeremy Carter, Walking SA and Friends of the Heysen Trail

2017 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Jeremy has been a long standing member of the Friends of the Heysen Trail as well as Walking SA and has contributed widely to active promotion of walking in nature. Most specifically his website skills in developing sites for each of the Friends and Walking SA has ensured that the walking …

2017 Award Winner: Liz O’Shea, Walking SA, WEA Ramblers and the Friends of the Heysen Trail

Liz O’Shea, Walking SA, WEA Ramblers and the Friends of the Heysen Trail

2017 Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Liz joined the WEA Ramblers Bushwalking Club in 1979, and has since completed over 500 club hikes, and lead over 60 of these. She has served on their Committee, as well as the with the Friends of the Heysen Trail. She made a significant contribution to Walking SA by serving on our committees …

2017 Award Winner: Ron Jackson APM, Walking SA and Keep Walking

Ron Jackson APM, Walking SA and Keep Walking

2017 Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Although a relatively latecomer to organised walking, after retiring from the SA Police Ron devoted his considerable energy and creativity to the promotion and facilitation of better walking for all. For several years he was a very active committee member and in 2011 as the President of Walking …

2017 Award Winner: John Eaton, Walking SA and Retired Teachers Walking Group

John Eaton, Walking SA and Retired Teachers Walking Group

2017 Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual

John has saved many a potential walking route from being lost from public hands. He has spent many years working with Thelma Anderson on the Walking SA Trails Access Committee manually checking Government Gazettes to find and review potential road reserve closures that would impact on walking …

2017 Award Winner: Simon Cameron, Friends of the Heysen Trail

Simon Cameron, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2017 Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Simon has been an active member of the Friends of the Heysen Trail since he joined in 2001. Prior to this he was an active member and walk leader of Adelaide Bushwalkers (ABW). Simon joined at a time of growth of the Friends, promoting the Trail and walking, leading an End-to-End group and …