Office of Recreation and Sport – Funding opportunity for clubs

The Active Club Program helps active recreation and sports clubs with program and equipment (up to $5,000 and facility upgrade requests up to $25,000 on a $1 for $1 basis.)

It has two funding rounds per year: facility requests and program and equipment (Round 41) and program and equipment requests only (Round 42).

Guidelines for Round 42 can be found at:

Applications close 10th October 2016.

Australian Adventure Activity Standards, September 2016 Update

Bushwalking Australia has been advised of the establishment of a national project to develop a set of Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS) to replace the existing state-based Adventure Activity Standards (AAS).

Bill Gehling from Walking SA is Bushwalking Australia’s representative on this matter and has been advocating the Bushwalking Australia policy summarised as:

Bushwalking Australia’s policy is that the proposed National Bushwalking AAAS must specifically exclude applicability to non-commercial users such as volunteer-run recreational groups including bushwalking clubs and groups of private individuals undertaking recreational adventure activities.

For further details please refer to

Bushwalking Australia hold their annual conference in November and Walking SA will be attending representing the South Australian bushwalking community. If you have matters you would like us to raise please contact the office.

Walking the Heysen Trail

Walking SA Executive Officer Greg Boundy finishes the Heysen Trail

Walking SA Executive Officer Greg Boundy finishes the Heysen Trail

Our Executive Officer Greg Boundy recently completed the 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail.

Greg has given us a quick summary of the experience:

“Together with my wife Valerie we commenced walking the Heysen Trail in an organised ground with the Friends of the Heysen Trail “End-to-End 6 Group”. As a somewhat reluctant walker and not being particularly fit the walking of the trail has been quite transformational in me now being a very motivated walker, and much fitter, as well as a range of other significant benefits. These include enjoying the environment on the trails, some truly exceptional parts of South Australia, establishing a delightful new group of friends as well as appreciating my love of photography.

What it has also made us appreciated is those that have lead and supported the Heysen Trail through the initial vision, establishing and now maintaining the trail as well as the leaders that have dedicated their time as well. All if these are volunteers. Walking the Heysen Trail also provides a significant boost to the regional economy with the provision of accommodation, meals, transport etc. We would strongly recommend undertaking the whole trail and enjoying the multiple benefits that will arise.”

Resources from the Office of Recreation and Sport

Office of Recreation and Sport ResourcesThere is a wealth of information available on the Office of Recreation and Sport website that may be of value to member clubs and organisations or of broad interest to individuals. Whilst a significant proportion of resources are directed to more of the sporting codes there are many that are of benefit to us in the walking community.

In particular there a range of publications that may be of interest and benefit to clubs and organisations, including club management and governance, as well as many others.

The next round of the Active Club program will open on 13th August 2016.

For further general information visit

2016 Presidents Forum ReScheduled

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the annual Presidents Forum in April as a number of key people that wished to attend were unable to do so. We apologise for the short notice of the cancellation.

The Presidents Forum follows on from the inaugural Forum in 2015, and 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.

We have now rescheduled the Presidents Forum for the evening of October 13th 2016 and it will tie in with the inaugural Walking SA Awards presentation. We will have a dynamic forum enabling all attending to share news and information and raise issues critical to the advancement of walking of all types in the South Australian community.

Grants Available under Active Clubs Program

The Active Club Program is currently open for and helps active recreation and sports clubs with:

  • programs and equipment (up to $5,000)

The grant is for a maximum of $5,000 and funds are allocated on the basis of $10,000 per state electorate. Some electorates have unspent funds from previous rounds so in some electorates there is more than the $10,000 available. The application process is very simple and and you can submit a suitable application that meets the needs of your club. Clubs are being encouraged to apply for the maximum amount. Last round there were some 600 applications and just over one in four were successful.

Application closing date of October 12th 2015.

There will also be a facility round (Round 41) open in early 2016.

Information Sessions

Date Venue Time
Tuesday 1 September 2015 Unley Park Sports Club

8 Northgate Street, Unley Park

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday 2 September 2015 Office for Recreation and Sport
G2/G3 Conference Rooms
27 Valetta Road, Kidman Park
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 8 September 2015 City of Salisbury
12 James Street, Salisbury
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Survey of Mt Lofty Ranges Scenic Beauty supporting World Heritage Bid

Survey of Mt Lofty Ranges Scenic Beauty supporting World Heritage Bid

The Mt Lofty Ranges are among Australia’s most beautiful areas and are enjoyed by many residents and visitors. Its lovely landscapes are the key to its popularity.

With the support of the World Heritage Bid for the Ranges, consultancy firm Scenic Solutions is carrying out a survey to measure and map its landscape quality. The results will inform and assist the Government, councils, land owners and other bodies in their planning, management and promotion of the region.

The survey comprises a set of photos of the region and involves rating them on a 1 – 10 scale of landscape attractiveness. The value of the survey depends on having as many people as possible participate.

No qualifications or experience are required and the responses will be anonymous. It is open to anyone 18 years or older.

The survey involves rating 150 scenery photos, and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The Mount Lofty Ranges Working Agricultural Landscape World Heritage Bid spans the world-renowned food, wine and tourism regions of the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula, all located within an hour’s drive of Adelaide, South Australia. The UNESCO bid has a core ambition to deliver real and lasting economic, cultural and environmental benefits to the region regardless of the outcome. View an ABC 7:30 segment.

Grant Opportunities, June 2015

We’ve prepared a shortlist below of current grant opportunities available to walking clubs.

Grant Information Sessions

Two free sessions will provide information to community organisations about grant availability, eligibility and guidelines. Each presentation will be followed by a Community Benefit SA grant workshop.

Hosted by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Nabo Community Grants

This program provides funding for projects or programs that help build safer and stronger communities.

Walking clubs may be able to tap in to two eligible activity areas:

  1. Community connectedness: Projects or programs that assist in building healthier and more vibrant communities and ultimately foster community spirit.
  2. Community inclusion: Projects or programs that encourage more inclusive communities by connecting and supporting marginalised Australians, for example:
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse
    • Disadvantaged youth
    • Economically disadvantaged
    • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (GLBTQI) community
    • Indigenous
    • People with a disability
    • The aged

Book Review: The Ways of the Bushwalker: On foot in Australia

book cover - The Ways of the Bushwalker, On foot in AustraliaA book review was recently published on Wild, about a book that has become something of a bible for local bushwalking enthusiasts.

From gentleman walkers to the mystery hiking mania of the 30s as well as how bushwalkers contributed to conservation, Melissa Harper gives an insight into the origins of bushwalking in Australia and how it is unique because of this.

The Ways of the Bushwalker: On foot in Australia, by Melissa Harper (University of New South Wales Press Ltd, 2007).

This book is based on the PhD thesis of the author and as such there are numerous quotes and references, which can, at times be, distracting. However, this detail is necessary, especially in the early chapters which explore how early colonialists and settlers began to walk for leisure (in comparison to early explorers) in the Australian bush.

The book picks up pace around half way, with chapters on the hiking “crazes” of the 30s.

The author captures the reader’s attention with the sections on how bushwalkers took simple recreation a step further and became conservationists, map makers and lobbied for national parks to be created.

Presidents Forum in Open Discussion Regarding Future Plans

The Walking SA Presidents Forum was held at the Adelaide Pavilion on 19 March 2015

The Walking SA Presidents Forum was held at the Adelaide Pavilion on 19 March 2015. Hosted by Wendy Keech, Chair, the forum provided an opportunity for the Board to engage with representatives of member Clubs in open discussion regarding future plans, and ways in which Clubs could be involved in further development of the organisation.

The Forum also included a presentation by the Treasurer, Walking SA, on the insurance process and eligibility.

You can view copies of the presentations here:

Current Grant Opportunities (at 19th March 2015)

We’ve prepared a shortlist below of current grant opportunities available to walking clubs.

1. Office of Recreation and Sport (ORS)

Grant website:

Two ORS funding programs are open now: Closing date: 20th April 2015

1. The Active Club Program helps active recreation and sports clubs with:

  • programs and equipment (up to $5,000)
  • facility upgrade requests up to $20,000 on a $1 for $1 basis.

2. The Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program helps eligible organisations to plan, establish or improve sport and active recreation facilities that meet the needs of the community in South Australia.

2. Adelaide City Council

Grant website:

The ACC Recreation and Sport Grants Program provides funding to eligible clubs and organisations that demonstrate consistency with the Adelaide City Council Strategic Plan 2012 -2013. Program priorities are to increase people’s participation rates in physical activity and utilise public spaces.

  • Minor grants (up to $8,000) are available for Be Active in the City programs. Applications are open all year.
  • Major grants (between $10,000 & $20,000 per application). Applications can be submitted any time, but assessment is conducted twice per year.

50% of total project cost (money or in-kind support) must be matched by the fund recipient.

The ACC Active Ambassador Program provides a great opportunity for Walking Clubs interested in providing a program of guided walks in the Adelaide City Council area. A small cost could be charged for participation. The Council is particularly interested at present in ideas for school holiday programs.

Note – The Club would be required to have a Child Protection Policy, and Walk leaders would need Police Clearances.

3. Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

Grant website:

DPCSI’s Community Benefit Grant scheme provides grants which aim to improve community participation, life management skills, well-being and quality of life of disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

4. Residents Win Program

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Grant website:

Resident Win grants assist residents or groups in a community to come up with innovative solutions for creating people friendly streets and safer roads. This could be an opportunity for a regional Walking Club.

5. GRANTassist

GRANTassist can help you locate Government assistance and programs most relevant to your communities needs. This site also provides useful tools for project planning.

Grant website:

Club Profile: Adelaide Bushwalkers

Adelaide Bushwalkers

This month we profile Adelaide Bushwalkers.

Mark Proctor, President, has answered a few of our questions.

Mark, tell us about Adelaide Bushwalkers. What walking activities do members engage in?

Adelaide Bushwalkers is a hiking club enjoying multi-day hikes carrying packs & camping, day walks, kayaking, cycling and other activities, near Adelaide, South Australia & interstate.

How often, how long and where are your walks?

There are multi-day walks 2-3 weekends a month during April to October. These walks are often around the Adelaide Hills and Flinders Ranges. There are some long weekend and week-long walks in the Flinders, Grampians and Tasmania. There are day walks around Adelaide on Wednesdays and some weekends.

What level of fitness would one need to participate comfortably?

Walkers need to be able to carry a pack with all their sleeping gear, food and tent. This can generally weigh 12-20kg. Gear hire and gear advice is available to members.

We are holding a weekend for new members in May at Kuitpo Forest, which answers common questions people new to multi-day hiking have.

What are the benefits of joining a club like Adelaide Bushwalkers?

Adelaide Bushwalkers specialises in off-track walking in remote places. The club walks in places that are not ordinarily accessible to people, or are difficult to organise and gain permission for. Meet like-minded individuals to enjoy hiking with.

Are you open to accepting new members into your Club? Tell us how someone may join Adelaide Bushwalkers and what your current membership looks like?

Members range in age from 20s and 30s through to their 80s. There are 200 members. People can see the walking program and join up on our website at Membership is $60 per year, hikes are user-pays system (sharing transport costs, park entry fees), and gear hire is available at reasonable prices. Public meetings are held twice monthly on Wednesdays, 8pm at North Adelaide Community Hall, 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide.

Walking SA Interview on Radio Station 5AA

Walking SA Chair, Wendy Keech, was interviewed on 5AA’s Michael Keelan show this morning.

Wendy talks about the role walking plays in people’s daily life and strategies to stay active and fit.

There are no prerequisites to walking – just get moving.

Walking on trails at overseas destinations is popular, as is bushwalking here in SA, but you can also start walking now in your local area.

If you have a destination, a trail, or people to walk with it is much easier. There are no prerequisites to walking – just get moving. There are many walking groups – from just get up and get going groups, to groups that walk from 1 hour to 5 hours, or have walking days away.

Listen to the Interview

Audio – 8min 30secs

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