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

Useful Links

Grant program open – info sessions this week

Active Club Program

This grants program is available to walking, recreation and sports clubs to provide assistance with programs and equipment (up to $5,000) from a pool of $2.3m.

Applications close Monday 13 October 2014.

Information sessions this week.

Date Venue Time
Tuesday 19 August Office for Recreation and Sport
G2/G3 Conference Room
27 Valetta Road
Kidman Park 5025
6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 20 August Ingle Farm Recreation Centre
Corner Beovich Road and Roopena Street
Ingle Farm 5098
6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 26 August Reynella Community Centre
1 Oval Road
Reynella 5161
6pm – 8pm

Feedback sought on the Bushwalking Adventure Activity Standards (AAS)


The 2nd draft of the Bushwalking Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) is now open for comment.

To provided feedback visit the SA AAS Project Page. From here you can download a copy of the draft and provide feedback in two ways:

  1. in an email – please reference the relevant AAS sections – eg 3.2 Activity Plan
  2. download the word file and use track changes to record your feedback before attaching the file in a reply email.

Once you are ready to provide your feedback please email

This 2nd draft review period runs for two weeks until Monday 28th July COB.

This project is being facilitated by Service Skills SA (SSSA) with support from Recreation SA and funding support from the Office for Recreation and Sport through the Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program.

Position Vacant – Executive Officer, Walking SA

The Board seeks to employ an Executive Officer for Walking SA.

Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, health, wellbeing, organised events, adventure, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

Our members include walking clubs, informal groups, individuals and organisations whose aims and objectives align with those of Walking SA.

The Executive Officer reports to the Board Chairperson and is responsible for growing, leading and coordinating the activities of the organisation and to champion and represent the organisation to the wider community, including other peak recreational bodies, government departments and other key stakeholders.

Key duties include, working closely with the Board to plan and implement strategies for the growth and sustainability of the organisation, financial planning, marketing and website maintenance and maintaining a positive, healthy and safe working environment.

We require someone with leadership, management and financial skills with a passion for promoting walking to the community. Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills are a must as well as demonstrated experience in securing funding and managing multiple- agency projects.

Remuneration of $30,000 per annum for approximately 20hrs per week; plus superannuation; times and location are negotiable.

More information about Walking SA can be found at:

Please forward your resume providing evidence of your skills and experience and the contact details for 3 referees to Ms Cate Mettam by email to or for any brief telephone enquiries on: 0428 841 715.

Applications must be received by COB Friday 20th June 2014.

SA Adventure Activity Standards – update 2014


Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) are minimum, voluntary guidelines for organisations conducting outdoor recreation activities where the participants are dependent on the activity provider.

They are a valuable resource for all types of organisations, businesses, guides and leaders. Whether you are a business owner cross checking your insurance compliance, the Operations Manager of an outdoor activity provider updating your Standard Operating Procedures or a leader looking to refresh your activity planning processes.

We at Walking SA are playing a fundamental role in ensuring the Bushwalking AAS meets your needs. To date we have assisted in establishing a tight consultation group to review the first Bushwalking AAS draft and we happy to advise that in the coming weeks you to will have an opportunity to comment.

The update of the AAS will be facilitated throughout 2014 by Service Skills SA and we will do our best to keep you informed. So if you’re keen to contribute make sure you stay tuned.

Looking for more information? Visit the SSSA SA AAS Update Project Page.

Onwards and upwards SA Bushwalking community!

This project is being facilitated by Service Skills SA (SSSA) with support from Recreation SA and funding support from the Office for Recreation and Sport through the Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program.

Day Walk Leadership Certificate Course

A nationally recognised course to become an accredited Day Walk Assistant Leader or Day Walk Leader.

Inman Valley 7th-9th June 2014

Run over one day  and one weekend, the basics of safely and professionally managing a dependent group are covered.

Ideal for:

  • teachers,
  • youth workers,
  • personal trainers,
  • potential day walk leaders and
  • interested bushwalkers.

The Day Walk Assistant Leadership Certificate: this program is designed to Train Leaders who wish to Assist a leader with groups on Day Walks on recognised trails, within 1 hour of outside assistance.

The Day Walk Leadership Certificate: this program is designed to Train Leaders who wish to lead groups on Day Walks on recognised trails, within 1 hour of outside assistance.

The course is facilitated by Bushwalking Leadership South Australia Inc.

Welcome to our new website

Our new website has been launched.

This website has been possible through a grant from the Office for Recreation and Sport, under the Be Active progam.

You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Active Club Program – grants available

The Office of Sport and Recreation has facility and program and equipment funding available to eligible walking and sport clubs.

The purpose of the grants is to provide assistance to active recreation and sports clubs with:

  • Programs and equipment (up to $5,000)
  • Facility requests up to $20,000 on a $1 for $1 basis

Applications close: Monday 14 April 2014
Eligible organisations: Incorporated Sport or Active Recreation Clubs that do not have a gaming machine licence.