2023 Walking Award Winners – Recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

We presented the awards for the annual Walking SA Walking Awards. The awards recognises and promotes the achievements and work of groups, organisations, local and state government, and volunteers in South Australia. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of achievements in walking, and demonstrates to volunteers, community groups, the recreation industry, business, government, and the wider community the significant and positive impact that can be achieved through improvements to walkability. This year the awards were expanded to include a new category, to an organisation or individual that makes walking more inclusive and an adjustment to an existing one, to value the commitment to walking of a volunteer.

Awards were presented to three organisations, a community group and one individual, celebrating their contribution to walking in South Australia. Awards were presented by Gabrielle (Gabby) Fisher, Wellbeing SA, and Rod Quintrell, Walking SA Chair.

2023 Annual Walking Award Winners

2023 Award Winner: Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors, Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors

Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors, Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors

2023 Walking for Recreation: Supporting South Australians accessing green open space for walking

Awarded for Santa Dash, an idea conceived by Matt Hale (Co-Director of Barossa Outdoors) who worked with the local volunteer progress association Williamstown Action Group (part of the Southern Barossa Alliance) to establish the event. This now annual event showcases the opportunities when …

2023 Award Winner: Skyline Walkers, Skyline Walkers

Skyline Walkers, Skyline Walkers

2023 Walking for Health: Supporting South Australians’ health and wellbeing through walking

Awarded to recognise your support of the mental and emotional health, and physical wellbeing of walkers. Your appreciation of the obvious benefits of walking through the example of lifting the spirit by walking though the fields of wildflowers on show in the Adelaide Hills in spring, taking …

2023 Award Winner: City of Charles Sturt, City of Charles Sturt

City of Charles Sturt, City of Charles Sturt

2023 Walking for Transport: Supporting South Australians making short trips by walking

Awarded for your transformation of Jetty Street, Grange in the City of Charles Sturt (CCS) into a walkable community asset. The place is home to a diverse mix of residents, businesses and schools, and attracts a range of visitors throughout the year due its close proximity to the Grange …

2023 Award Winner: Saree Sahelis

Saree Sahelis

2023 Outstanding Group or Individual Contribution to advance walking inclusivity: Outstanding group or individual contribution to make walking an all-inclusive activity

Awarded in recognition of your role in challenging the stereotype that traditional clothing restricts physical activity and to advocate for inclusivity in embracing fitness as a community. Saree means ‘All’ and Sahelis means ‘Friends’. Your group of Australian women of Indian origin …

2023 Award Winner: Bruce Newstead

Bruce Newstead

2023 Outstanding Individual Contribution of volunteer to walking: Outstanding individual contribution to walking in South Australia

Awarded to recognise you at 84 years young, as a wonderful volunteer whose passion and support for Heart Foundation Walking is infectious. Your support to help others in the Salisbury area increase their own level of physical activity, and their confidence and competence through walking is …

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)

Walking SA Annual Walking Awards – Nominations Open

The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are now open for nominations.

The program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of groups, organisations, local and state government, and volunteers in South Australia.

The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of achievements in walking, and demonstrates to volunteers, community groups, the recreation industry, business, government, and the wider community the significant and positive impact that can be achieved through improvements to walkability.

Each of the three award categories of Walking for Health, Transport and Recreation will be awarded a $2,000 prize. The award for Outstanding Individual Contribution will be awarded a Walking SA Lifetime Membership.

Key dates:
Nominations close: 21 October 2021
Awards Ceremony: 28 October 2021 (Walking SA AGM)

To nominate for an award, please download the Nomination Form.

2019 Walking Award Winners – Recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

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.

Now in its fourth year, last night’s annual Walking Awards at the Jade in Flinders St 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.

If you know of someone who should be considered for 2020’s walking awards please do consider nominating them, we’re accepting nominations throughout the year. View past Walking Award winners.

2019 Annual Walking Award Winners

2019 Award Winner: Department for Environment and Water

Department for Environment and Water

2019 Special Recognition Award – Group Organisation

Developing the ‘Roof Top Loop Walk’ Accessible Trail at Naracoorte Caves The new 850m-long Rooftop Loop Walk provides universal access for people of all ages and abilities, giving all wheelchairs and people with prams access to experience the fascinating world of Naracoorte Caves. …

2019 Award Winner: City of Tea Tree Gully

City of Tea Tree Gully

2019 Local Government Award – Organisation

Heart Foundation Walking Campaign In early 2019 the City of Tea Tree Gully saw the opportunity for expanding the Heart Foundation Walking program across their city. As Heart Foundation Walking is a well-known brand with strong connections to the community the walking groups would be a measured …

2019 Award Winner: Health Focus, Port Augusta City Council

Health Focus, Port Augusta City Council

2019 Local Government Award – Organisation

Bizzi Walkers Program The Bizzi Walkers is a regular walking group, supported by Health Focus, an initiative of the Port Augusta City Council. Health Focus provides social support in a group setting for people over 65 years. Health Focus has been providing a Walking Group Leader for the Bizzi …

2019 Award Winner: District Council of Cleve

District Council of Cleve

2019 Local Government Award – Organisation

Trail Development and fostering a regular community health activity event (parkrun) The District Council of Cleve is being awarded for the upgrading of the Carappee Hill Hiking Trail, and fostering the community-led parkrun event on the Yeldulknie Weir Trail. The Yeldulknie Weir Trail, awarded …

2019 Award Winner: Willunga Basin Trail Inc.

Willunga Basin Trail Inc.

2019 Special Recognition Award – Group Organisation

For the Willunga Basin Trail development The Willunga Basin Trail Inc has instigated and is now delivering a new trail that will encourage walking and connection to local stories. The project is a work-in-progress to construct a 120km walking trail circumnavigating the Willunga Basin south of …

2019 Award Winner: Jill DeCianni, Heart Foundation Walking

Jill DeCianni, Heart Foundation Walking

2019 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Abundance of heart – Jill goes above and beyond her duties as a Heart Foundation Walk Organiser for the Brilliant Support Walking Group. The group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays every week, and loops around the newly re-developed Thorndon Park Reserve in Rostrevor, in association with …

2019 Award Winner: Mary Smith, Heart Foundation Walking

Mary Smith, Heart Foundation Walking

2019 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Leading with heart – Mary had always been a keen walker, but it wasn’t until she retired in 2015 that Mary joined a Heart Foundation Walking group, the Glandore Community Centre Walkers, in suburban Adelaide. They walk together every Tuesday morning. Since then, Mary has not only clocked …

2019 Award Winner: Zara Lupton, Willunga Basin Trail

Zara Lupton, Willunga Basin Trail

2019 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Zara has been heavily involved in the Willunga Basin Trail project as Secretary, exploring route options, and now leading volunteers in the trail construction phase. Zara became an accredited bush walk leader and has been identifying manageable walks for the group, leading and scheduling those …

2019 Award Winner: Chris Davies, Willunga Basin Trail

Chris Davies, Willunga Basin Trail

2019 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Chris was involved in the Willunga Basin Trail project as Chair, being a member the Friends of Willunga Basin in 2009 when the idea of a trail was first formed. From 2011 Chris was a key member exploring route options, and is now leading volunteers in the trail construction phase. Chris became …

2019 Award Winner: Jasemin Rose, St Agnes Bushwalkers

Jasemin Rose, St Agnes Bushwalkers

2019 Longstanding Contribution / Distinguished Service Award

Jasemin has been a member of the St Agnes Bushwalkers since 1982, having served in roles and on the committee member for many years. Involved in work with Walking SA, including some of the annual April Opening of the Bushwalking Season events, Jasemin has also been involved in saving Angove …

2019 Award Winner: Grant Smith, WEA Ramblers Bushwalking Club

Grant Smith, WEA Ramblers Bushwalking Club

2019 Longstanding Contribution / Distinguished Service Award

Grant joined the WEA Ramblers Bushwalkers in 1989. Since then he has participated in just about every Ramblers walk, to date completing over 760 hikes. From early on he has always been involved, first by taking on the role of Transport Officer, organizing getting walks to distant locations. For …

2019 Award Winner: Graham Hallandal, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

Graham Hallandal, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2019 Longstanding Contribution / Distinguished Service Award

Graham has been involved from the initial vision and concept of the Lavender Federation Trail network, through the formation of the South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) group, and then joining their Board. He was key in liaising with the Rural City of Murray Bridge on the initial …

2019 Walking Awards Nominations Open

Our 2019 Walking Awards presentation will be in October 2019. We accept nominations throughout the year until mid-September.

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.

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

Awards 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 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

Nominations
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.

For more information refer to walkingsa.org.au/awards.

2018 Walking Awards recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

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 third year, last night’s annual Walking Awards at the Jade in Flinders St 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.

If you know of someone who should be considered for 2019’s awards please do consider nominating them, we’re accepting nominations throughout the year.

2018 Annual Walking Award Winners

2018 Award Winner: District Council of Cleve

District Council of Cleve

2018 Local Government Award – Organisation

The Council developed the 5km trail to a standard to be accessible to people with mobility issues. Many have made use of the trail, as well as local gym members, a local walking group, and the local parkrun – all assisting in the promotion of participating in structured and unstructured …

2018 Award Winner: South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

On Saturday 5 May 2018, the final section of the 350km Lavender Federation Trail was opened at Clare. It had taken 21 years since the concept was imagined for the dedicated volunteers of South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) to bring the trail from a vision to reality. …

2018 Award Winner: National Trust of South Australia – Hahndorf Branch

National Trust of South Australia – Hahndorf Branch

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The trail honours the German pioneer women who regularly walked along the old Peramangk trails with their produce to sell in Adelaide. The Hahndorf Branch has been instrumental in establishing, maintaining and promoting the trail, having first walked the route in 1980 and opening the trail in …

2018 Award Winner: National Heart Foundation Walking

National Heart Foundation Walking

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The Heart Foundation established the program to encourage thousands of Australians to get moving for better health. The program gives participants 20 weeks to walk towards the magic target of a million steps or complete 100 group walks. Built upon the strong foundation of their network of free …

2018 Award Winner: Department for Environment and Water

Department for Environment and Water

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The Government of South Australia’s Department for Environment and Water established the Park of the Month program as a means of promoting our national parks in South Australia. Run in conjunction with Nature Play SA, this has been an exciting program focusing on individual parks with an …

2018 Award Winner: Peter Beer, Adelaide Bushwalkers

Peter Beer, Adelaide Bushwalkers

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Peter Beer has been a member of Adelaide Bushwalkers (ABW) since 1959 as a prolific walk leader, facilitating training for new members, Walks Secretary and President. He has published two books, “Flinders Ranges Walks”, and more recently “Adelaide’s Best Bush, Coast & City Walks”. Peter …

2018 Award Winner: Ted Chessman

Ted Chessman

2018 Special Recognition Award – Individual

As a trained and experienced walk leader Ted has for almost 30 years been involved in establishing walking groups. For 29 years Ted led 2 walks a week with the Keep Fit SA campaign (1989-1998) and later the Keep Walking group. He led walks of varying grades of difficulty, which enabled people …

2018 Award Winner: Andrew Govan, Bushwalking Leadership SA

Andrew Govan, Bushwalking Leadership SA

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Andrew has been involved in bushwalking since the early 1990s and has been a tireless contributor. He has been instrumental in continuing to ensure Bushwalking Leadership SA remains relevant and fit for purpose to the South Australian community. He is an active member of their Board and is …

2018 Award Winner: George Adams, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

George Adams, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

For the past 19 years George has been involved bringing the vision of the Lavender Federation Trail to fruition. George has taken every opportunity to complete the trail by assisting in planning of the trail route, working bees, and marking the trail. As the trail grew in length, he undertook …

2018 Award Winner: Barry Stacey, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

Barry Stacey, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Barry served for almost 14 years as Secretary on the Board of the South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI), which has brought the vision of the 350km Lavender Federation Trail to fruition. As planning and construction of the trail spread further north, in his role as Secretary he has been …

2018 Award Winner: Cynthia Pyle, St. Agnes Bushwalking and Natural History Club

Cynthia Pyle, St. Agnes Bushwalking and Natural History Club

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Cynthia has served as Club Secretary since 2004, including collating the walking program, organising the Club’s publicity and being the first point of contact for enquires from potential members and current members. She leads many interesting walks where she shares her comprehensive general …

2018 Award Winner: John Wilson, Friends of the Heysen Trail

John Wilson, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

John joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 1990, volunteering in trail maintenance, collaborating on an interim Heysen Trail Maintenance Manual and in developing the first Management Plan for the Heysen Trail. Serving on the organisation’s Council since 1995, as editor of the organisation’s …

Walking Awards 2018 Presentation Ceremony & AGM

The Walking Awards 2018 by Walking SA on Thursday 11 October at The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. 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.

Please join us to present and celebrate our outstanding community members at The Jade in Flinders St Adelaide.

Public welcome.

Venue: The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000 (View Map)
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
Time: AGM 6.30pm – 7pm, 7pm networking and refreshments, 7:45pm Awards

Our guest speaker will be Alison Buck, Manager Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Department for Environment and Water
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail opened in late 2016. The five-day walking trail weaves its way through one of South Australia’s most botanically unique areas before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean. The vision of the trail is to build on the Island’s reputation as an international tourist destination by offering a nature based tourism experience. By linking in with commercial tour operators the options available range from basic backpacker tours to gourmet food and wine and basic to luxury off-trail accommodation, as well as being open to independent walkers.

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award there’s still time to nominate. Get your nomination in by 14 September 2018.

Bar will be open for purchase of drinks, light refreshments provided.

For catering purposes please RSVP Thursday 4 October 2018 to Greg Boundy
office@walkingsa.org.au

 

The Walking SA Annual General Meeting will be held before the Awards presentation, from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.

The AGM Agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome & Apologies
  • Any other business to add to the agenda
  • Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM
  • Annual Report and Officer’s Reports
  • Appointment of Auditors
  • 2018/19 Board
  • Other Business
  • Meeting Close

If you wish to nominate for the Board you are strongly encouraged to do so. Please refer to the Nomination Form ( Microsoft Word, or PDF.)

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.

This event is part of Walktober – promoting walking throughout October.

2018 Walking Awards Nominations Open

Our 2018 Walking Awards presentation will be in October 2018. We accept nominations throughout the year. 2018’s award nominations deadline is 14 September 2018.

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.

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

Awards 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 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

Nominations
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.

For more information refer to walkingsa.org.au/awards.

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 …

Walking Awards 2017 Presentation Ceremony & AGM

Walking Awards 2017The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. 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.

Please join us to present and celebrate our outstanding community members at Plant 4 Bowden.

Venue: Plant 4, 1 Third Street Bowden
Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start, followed by networking and refreshments

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award there’s still time to nominate. Get your nomination in by 22 September 2017.

Bar will be open for purchase of drinks, light refreshments provided.

RSVP Thursday 5 October 2017 to Greg Boundy
office@walkingsa.com.au

 

The Walking SA Annual General Meeting will be held after the Awards presentation. It will be brief so people are welcome to stay after the Awards presentation to hear about the organisation, its achievements, issues and direction.

Our AGM Guest Speaker will be:

Sean Benz, Senior Ranger, Visitor Services, DEWNRSean Benz
Senior Ranger, Visitor Services

Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)

Sean joined the Department when the State Government’s $10.4 million investment in upgrading metropolitan national parks was announced.

He has since been involved in those upgrades, including the new trails and camping areas at Onkaparinga Gorge National Park, the new playground at Morialta Conservation Park and the new trails at Anstey Hill Recreation Park.

He will speak about the role of walking in our national parks, how the DEWNR has been working with Walking SA and listening to park stakeholders. His speech will be followed by a Q&A session.

 

The AGM Agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome & Apologies
  • Any other business to add to the agenda
  • Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM
  • Annual Report and officer’s Reports
  • Appointment of Auditors
  • 2017/18 Board
  • Other Business
  • Meeting Close

If you wish to nominate for the Board you are strongly encouraged to do so. Please refer to the nomination form.

Free on-street carparking and nearby carparking areas are available off Third Street. The tram stop at the Entertainment Centre is a 5 minute walk away. View the access and parking map.

This event is part of Walktober – promoting walking throughout October.

Walking Awards – Nominations close 22nd September 2017

Walking SA initiated annual awards to recognise contributions to walking in South Australia which were first presented in October 2016.

The Walking SA Awards for 2017 are now open in the following categories:

  • Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation
  • Local Government Award – Individual
  • Local Government Award – Organisation

Nominations close on 22nd September 2017 and we encourage nominations.

Save the Date

Award Presentation Ceremony
7pm Thursday 12 October

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Walking SA – Walking Awards 2017

Walking SA initiated the Walking SA Walking Awards in 2016 which were presented at an event in October 2016.

The Walking SA Awards for 2017 are now open in the following categories:

  • Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation
  • Local Government Award – Individual
  • Local Government Award – Organisation

For more information please see: walkingsa.org.au/awards.

We’re accepting nominations for the 2017 awards.

The 2016 inaugural annual awards to recognise contributions to walking in South Australia

2016 walking award winners at the award presentation, 13 October 2016

2016 walking award winners at the award presentation, 13 October 2016

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.

We’ve initiated annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. This year’s winners were announced at our Walking Awards & Forum on Thursday 13th October 2016. If you know of someone who should be considered for 2017’s awards please do consider nominating them, we’re accepting nominations throughout the year.

2016 Inaugural Annual Walking Award Winners

2016 Award Winner: Paul Di Iulio (CEO), Campbelltown City Council

Paul Di Iulio (CEO), Campbelltown City Council

2016 Local Government Individual

Walkability is embedded in Campbelltown City Council‘s Environmental Management Plan (2020), one of four strategic plans of Council, as part of sustainable management and enjoyment of Campbelltown’s natural environment. Council is committed to improving the connection of existing …

2016 Award Winner: Jim Binder, City of Salisbury

Jim Binder, City of Salisbury

2016 Local Government Award – Individual

The City of Salisbury were one of the first Local Government areas in SA to register with the Heart Foundation’s Just Walk It (now known as Heart Foundation Walking) program in 2005. Jim Binder was identified as the Local Coordinator and established numerous groups across the council …

2016 Award Winner: Coorong District Council

Coorong District Council

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

Development and construction of the Murray Coorong Trail is the largest of Coorong District Council‘s long term walking initiatives. Coorong District Council is one of three regional Councils involved in developing the 450km walking/cycling trail – and at the end of 2016-17 (when stage …

2016 Award Winner: City of Mitcham

City of Mitcham

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

The City of Mitcham is setting a South Australian benchmark for purpose built, sustainable trail development in local government reserves. Open Space within metropolitan areas is limited and reserves on the perimeter of urban areas are often used for informal sporting pursuits. The growing …

2016 Award Winner: District Council of Barunga West

District Council of Barunga West

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

The District Council of Barunga West is part of a region known for its high level of community connectedness. However, some of the challenges facing the region include older people living in smaller communities, who are at risk of isolation and with reduced access to infrastructure and …

2016 Award Winner: City of Mount Gambier

City of Mount Gambier

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

The City of Mount Gambier has recently completed a large scale walking project, developing the Mount Gambier Rail Trail. This has consisted of 3.1km of derelict rail corridor being transformed into a shared walking and cycling path from the west to east across Mount Gambier. The 3m wide asphalt …

2016 Award Winner: Yorke Peninsula Council

Yorke Peninsula Council

2016 Local Government Award – Organisation

Walk the Yorke is a continuous shared walking and cycling trail taking in over 500km of Yorke Peninsula coastline. Walk the Yorke offers users the chance to experience spectacular rugged cliffs, amazing views, pristine beaches, secluded coves, rocky reefs and tidal pools, windswept sand dunes, …

2016 Award Winner: Keith Herbig, Adelaide Happy Wanderers

Keith Herbig, Adelaide Happy Wanderers

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Keith started the Adelaide Happy Wanderers together with Bart van der Wel in 1982. His introduction to bushwalking was originally at Mannum Area School in the early 1960s. Keith was in active service during the Vietnam War. This experience would have prepared him for the hardships associated …

2016 Award Winner: Helen Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

Helen Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Helen joined the Retired Teachers Walking Group and ARPA Bushwalkers in 1994. She has been heavily involved in the planning and leading of many camps and walks for both groups over that time. She has been the Treasurer of Retired Teachers Walking Group for many years and supportive of others …

2016 Award Winner: David Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

David Tassell, Retired Teachers Association Walking Group / ARPA Bushwalkers

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

David joined the Retired Teachers Association Walking Group in 1994 at a time when his eyesight was failing due to Macular Degeneration. He also became a member of ARPA Bushwalkers about the same time and despite his disability has contributed to both groups through the planning and leading of …

2016 Award Winner: Michelle Wilson, Heart Foundation

Michelle Wilson, Heart Foundation

2016 Special Recognition Award – Individual

Michelle joined the Heart Foundation in 2004 as the manager of “Just Walk It” a South Australian community walking program that assisted councils, health services and community organisations to establish free walking programs in their community. Due to Michelle’s foresight and the leadership of …

2016 Award Winner: Friends of the Heysen Trail

Friends of the Heysen Trail

2016 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The Friends of the Heysen Trail were formed in 1986 to undertake the development and maintenance of the Heysen Trail and other walking trails which they have steadfastly done for over 25 years. Current membership is approximately 1,000. The Friends of the Heysen Trail coordinate many groups and …

2016 Award Winner: Heart Foundation – South Australian Division

Heart Foundation – South Australian Division

2016 Special Recognition Award – Group / Organisation

The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For over 50 years we have worked to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. The Heart Foundation is committed to actively promoting walking to the general public …

2016 Award Winner: Julian Monfries, Friends of the Heysen Trail

Julian Monfries, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2016 Longstanding Contribution/Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Julian has a long history of advocating walking as a beneficial healthy activity. He has always walked the talk. Julian walked with Keep Fit SA walking group prior to doing first Heysen Trail traverse in the early 90s. He joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail (the Friends) in 1991 and …

2016 Award Winner: Colin Edwards, Friends of the Heysen Trail

Colin Edwards, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2016 Longstanding Contribution / Distinguished Service Award – Individual

Colin joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail (the Friends) in 1989. Colin has given many years to assisting the management of the Friends, both with leading walks and trail development and maintenance. Not only management, Colin is very hands on, being one to lead the way. The Friends are very …

2016 Award Winner: Bill Gehling, Walking SA

Bill Gehling, Walking SA

2016 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 …

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.