Walking Awards Presentation, 2018/19 Annual Report and AGM

Walking SA held its Walking Awards Presentation and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at the Jade in Flinders Street, with a healthy attendance of over 70 people from member clubs, organisations and supporters. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night.

Walking Awards Presentation

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 fourth year, last night’s annual Walking Awards presentation recognised sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout South Australia.

Awards were presented to 12 organisations and individuals, celebrating their contribution to walking in South Australia. Awards were presented by Matt Cowdrey MP, Member for Colton, and Tuesday Udell, Walking SA Chair.

Annual General Meeting and 2018/19 Annual Report

Walking SA held its Annual General Meeting immediately before the Awards Presentation.

The 2018/19 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Tuesday Udell, Chair of Walking SA, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights from the past year.

Announcing new Executive Director for Walking SA

New Executive Director for Walking SA, Helen Donovan

Walking SA is delighted to announce that Helen Donovan has been appointed as our new Executive Director. Helen has been a keen walking and cycling advocate for many years, and is passionate about behaviour change by connecting research to policy and actionable outcomes. With a good knowledge across all our focus areas of bushwalking, transport/health, she will be working to seek the best outcomes for all trail users, continuing to advocate for walkers particularly where they are disadvantaged on trails or they are unsafe in urban environments.

Guest Speaker on trails

Ben Trewren was a guest of our Q&A. He was awarded the 2018 Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship to explore opportunities for trail destinations to attract and grow world class ‘shared-use’ interests. Having recently returned from his exploratory trip overseas, he is moving on to completing his investigation report. Ben spoke about how the key to a world-class trail seem to lie in being community initiated and led, and how every one of us owns the outdoor space, and how we might bring more people into discovering trail and outdoor experiences. We’re very much looking forward to his final report, and seeing how what he observed and learnt could be applied to South Australian trails.

Board Member Appointments

We’re delighted to appoint one new member to our Board. The range of skills and expertise complement the existing Board, and help towards the vision of representing and advocating all forms of walking including for health, transport and leisure.

  • Walking SA welcome Lorraine Thomas to the BoardLorraine Thomas
    As a keen bushwalker, Lorraine walks with and leads walks with ARPA Bushwalkers and Adelaide Bushwalkers, and will bring her enthusiasm and can-do attitude to Walking SA. She leds by example, demonstrating and encouraging others to get more involved in encouraging others to walk.

Retiring Executive Officer & Board Members

We thank the work of our retiring Executive Officer and Board Members:

  • Greg Boundy, retiring after over 4 years of service as our Executive OfficerGreg Boundy, Executive Officer
    Greg is retiring after over four years serving as our Executive Officer. Over this time the profile of Walking SA has been raised, developing a strong foundation and voice. We thank Greg for helping to direct and facilitate this growth in our voice and reach.
  • Ian Budenberg, retiring after 5 years of service on the Walking SA BoardIan Budenberg, Board Member
    Having contributed and served on our Board since 2013, Ian is retiring from the Board. Walking SA acknowledges and expresses our appreciation for the significant contribution Ian has made over the past six years of service.
  • Nola Bellenger retiring from the Walking SA BoardNola Bellenger, Board Member
    Having contributed and served on our Board over the past two years, Nola is retiring from the Board. Walking SA acknowledges and expresses our appreciation for the significant contribution Nola has made over the past two years of service.