Walking SA AGM with Panel Discussion on Trails and Award Ceremony

Thursday 28 October
AGM: 6:30pm
Trails panel discussion: 7pm
Followed by Walking Awards award ceremony

Torrens Rowing Club
Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000

Join us for a panel discussion on all things trails – trail building, trail maintenance, current and emerging trail projects, and how the walking community can help! Our panel will include representatives from National Parks and Wildlife Service SA, Forestry SA, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI), and some of our South Australian trail-related groups.

Public welcome, please register for free ticket.

Torrens Rowing Club is located on Victoria Drive, just north of the Adelaide CBD, on the southern bank of the River Torrens next to the City Bridge and Jolly’s Boathouse.
Please note the venue is accessed by stairs.

Nominations for the Board

Nominations for membership of the 2021/22 Walking SA Board are invited from anyone with a passion for raising the profile of walking, improving walking environments and getting more people walking.

Please refer to the Nomination Form ( Microsoft Word, or PDF.)

Getting there

Please note the venue is accessed by stairs.

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/6d5sECmBaqcLXzVj6

By bike: there are some bike racks nearby.

By public transport: 10 mins walk from the Adelaide Railway Station, or from the nearby tram stop.

By car: Use the Park Adelaide app to find street parking, displaying real-time info about available parking spaces, time limits, and parking payment. You can download the app free on Apple or Android.

Walking SA welcomes new Board Member Daniel Bennett

We’ve welcomed Daniel Bennett as our newest Board Member.

Daniel is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years’ experience asking questions, developing ideas, testing scenarios, working through them and shaping projects across all scales of strategy and design.

His expertise in understanding cities, movement, place and green infrastructure has helped shaped many projects in both the private and public sector, most recently in his role as Associate Director of Strategy and Design at the City of Adelaide, and prior to that as a Principal at Hassell.

At the City of Adelaide he developed the award winning Adelaide Design Manual, the city’s guide to creating great public spaces and streets, as well as developing c$65m of initiatives and projects delivering on the city’s Transport Strategy, Smart Move, and the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy.

This included the City Bikeways project (Adelaide’s first separated bike lane network), the City Laneways project and Park Lands park upgrades – all developed in partnership with the State Government.

He is currently shaping several projects across Australia – including an urban design strategy for Melbourne’s $10b Airport Rail link with Aurecon and Architectus, and an urban design and landscape strategy for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct with Jensen Plus.

Daniel is an active advocate within industry bodies, and is the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s State President in South Australia, chairs AILA’s National Advocacy Committee, is an independent member of the Premiers Climate Change Council and a past National President of AILA.

Daniel lives in the lower Adelaide Hills and is an avid bushwalker and has, amongst his achievements, walked Tasmania’s Western Arthurs and South Coast Track…packhauling at one point and determined to do it again one day.

Being naturally curious, he has a creative and innovative belief in strategy and design, and can synthesise ideas into things…he prefers to challenge defining a problem, not solving a perceived one.

Walking SA Club Presidents’ Summit, Friday November 13, 2020

Walking SA Club Presidents' Summit, Friday November 13, 2020A get together of the key people from walking clubs and organizations of South Australia was held to develop a more cohesive and relevant strategy going forward. We had nine clubs in attendance, representing over 2,600 members from around the state, however mostly Adelaide based.

The feedback seems to indicate a clear mandate to take the lead on issues and to be bolder and more coherent with our strategic vision.

There was an acknowledgement that most clubs were not seeing the benefits of stay-at-home tourists bar the bigger groups and all agreed we needed to find a way to get walkers to try out clubs. Volunteer leaders/maintenance teams were also identified as a finite resource.

The Leadership Training program has to date proven to be very popular with clubs, we still have some spots left for clubs who did not take up the offer first time around, so get in touch with the office.

Our guest speaker from National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia, who was to speak on getting clubs involved in park of the month promotions had a covid scare and could not attend. The proposal was presented to group, but without a calendar of parks, no actions could be made.

The importance of walking trail development and maintaining walking trails was iterated and it was great to see so many passionate people keen to keep these assets both in place and also being established.

Generally, all agreed this was a useful get together, if not lacking some strong vision on getting more people bushwalking.

Thankyou to all who took part. We hope to build from this and link up the thinking, resources and knowledge of the greater South Australia walking community to benefit all.

The next Summit will be in six months time. We are planning a First Nations training workshop in February 2021 – details to follow when finalised.

2019/20 Annual Report and AGM

Walking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 22nd October at the Adelaide Town Hall, 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.

Our guest speaker was Sophie Thomson from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia. Sophie spoke about her love affair with the environment and gardening, and how we can use time outdoors in the environment, walking or gardening, to ground us in our mental health.

2019/20 Annual Report

The 2019/20 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.

Walking SA AGM with guest speaker Sophie Thomson

Thursday 22 October
6pm for 6:30pm start

Adelaide Town Hall, Banqueting Room
128 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Public welcome. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines. Please register to assist us in managing our COVID-Safe event plan.

Guest Speaker Sophie Thompson

We are very pleased to announce that Sophie Thomson from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia will be joining us as our guest speaker. Sophie’s love affair with the environment and gardening was inherited from her plant loving parents whilst growing up and working at the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills.

In recent times, Sophie has mounted a successful mission to bring trees to those who lost their gardens in the bushfires in Kangaroo Island, created bee ‘hotels’ to protect existing native bees and encourage pollination, regularly advocated for saving significant trees in our environment (noting they improve our health and wellbeing and reduce the build-up and trapping of heat) AND she is an ambassador for Wild Orchid Watch! With over 35 years hands on experience, Sophie now believes that aside from the obvious environmental benefits, being in nature and gardening improves our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing as well as that of the broader community.

Sophie lives at Sophie’s Patch – a three-acre property in the Adelaide Hills, with husband Richard, five children under 18 and a menagerie of animals. Over the last eight years the Patch now includes numerous contained spaces as well as a fully productive organic vegie patch, more than 100 fruit and nut trees and what she hopes one day will be a breathtaking, climate compatible ornamental garden.

Nominations for the Board

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

Getting there

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/pi7odynxQHSBcGKe7

By bike: there are some bike racks outside the Town Hall on King William St, and a larger bike rack area around the corner on 25 Pirie Street outside of the City of Adelaide Customer Centre.

By public transport: the Pirie Street tram stop is outside of the Town Hall. Catch the tram from the Adelaide Railway Station, from the Entertainment Centre or from Glenelg.

By car: Use the Park Adelaide app to find street parking, displaying real-time info about available parking spaces, time limits, and parking payment. You can download the app free on Apple or Android. Multi-level paid car parking is available 4 minutes walk from the Adelaide Town Hall at UPark Topham Mall, enter from Waymouth Street (open until midnight). Also nearby is a 5 minute walk from Auto Park on Franklin, open until 10pm.

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Along with the rest of the community, Walking SA is concerned about and monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are thinking of you, your families and friends. The safety and health of our members, volunteers, supporters, staff and the South Australian community are our first priority – we are following the advice of health experts and government.

Can you go for a walk?

7 April 2020: During COVID-19 social distancing going for a walk in your neighbourhood or a nearby national park is OK, provided you are well, not in self isolation and follow social distancing guidelines. Find a trail near you for a short walk.

Walking SA activities

Further to increasing COVID-19 restrictions, please note that all Walking SA activities have been cancelled, postponed or have taken on a non-face-to-face format until the end of June 2020 or until further notice.

Walking SA administration and support is continuing remotely but the office at Marleston is now closed until further notice.

Advice to bushwalking and outdoors clubs

The Walking SA Board advises all bushwalking and outdoors clubs to:

For the future

We look forward to everyone resuming and enjoying bushwalking and outdoor activities when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Please get in touch if you need any additional information.

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.

New Executive Director for Walking SA

Walking SA is delighted to announce that Helen Donovan has been appointed as our new Executive Director. Helen will take up the role on October 29.

Helen has been a keen walking and cycling advocate for many years, and as a City of Adelaide Councillor is a strong advocate for prioritising urban planning as a means for improving health outcomes. This includes a recent success with getting the full support of all councillors for the City of Adelaide to develop a walking strategy.

With a Doctorate in Psychology (Health), she is passionate about behaviour change by connecting research to policy and actionable outcomes. In her work with Heart Foundation Walking she was involved in the rollout and evaluation of state-wide health behaviour change programs to increase physical activity participation across all 79 local government areas in Victoria.

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.

With an extensive career in project and program management for large national and state-wide organisations she will be a valuable asset in liaising with a range of stakeholders.

Helen started her career in the army reserves, and has worked with the organisation Trojans Trek, which conducts wilderness based interventions which reconstructs the psychological health and well being of service and ex service personnel.

Her passion in enabling physical activity in South Australia will help Walking SA to achieve its vision of seeing more people walking more often.

Walking SA seeking a Treasurer – voluntary position

Walking SA calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI)
Treasurer – voluntary position on Board

We’re seeking someone to fulfill the role of Treasurer, due to a vacancy on our Board.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often. If you have some finance skills and enjoy walking in any form and want to see more people experience the benefits of walking more often, then read on.

Type of work
Accounting and finance
Suitable for
Skilled volunteers
Time required
An average of 2 hours per month,
Board meeting 2 hours bi-monthly
Commitment
2 year period, option for ongoing

The position may be suitable for someone:

  • with suitable accountancy skills looking to do some volunteer work and promote walking and
  • who has some experience in fundraising.

The Treasurer’s role includes:

  • Ensuring compliance with ATO requirements (usually GST and PAYG returns)
  • Ensuring compliance with the terms of our grants and project funds (usually trust funds)
  • Charging back overheads and other costs against projects where appropriate
  • Planning and preparing budgets
  • Providing advice and tracking on expenditure
  • Planning cashflow requirements, including managing term deposits
  • Seeking and following up new sources of funding
  • Ensuring transparent reporting

The position is supported by our Executive Officer. The Board of Walking SA was formed in August 2013 and consists of 12 members with a variety of skills.

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.

Please direct any questions about the role or interest to our Executive Director Helen Donovan on 0457 006 620 or office@walkingsa.org.au.

Walking Awards 2019 Presentation Ceremony & AGM

The 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: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: AGM 6.30pm – 7pm, 7pm networking and refreshments, 7:45pm Awards

Our guest speaker will be Ben Trewren. Ben 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 writing his investigation report. Ben will present a report about what he discovered about how trail destinations attract and grow world class ‘shared-use’ interests.

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award there’s still time to nominate. Get your nomination in by Friday 27 September 2019.

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

For some guidance for catering purposes please RSVP Wednesday 16 October 2019 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.

View the AGM Agenda and Proposed Agenda Changes.

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.

Employment opportunity: Walking SA – Executive Officer (permanent, part-time, 21 hours/week)

Exciting opportunity to work for peak body in SA

Walking SA – Executive Officer (permanent, part-time, 21 hours/week)

About us

Walking SA is the peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, and health and wellbeing. We achieve this through promoting walking opportunities, events, adventure, environmental appreciation and fun experiences. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

About the role

Walking SA is looking for an Executive Officer to work with the Chair, the Board, key stakeholders, our volunteers and members to provide strategic advice, manage communications and implement strategies to support the activities of Walking SA within our Strategic Plan.

The Executive Officer will represent Walking SA to the broader walking community, including the general public, all levels of government and key stakeholders.

To apply for this senior salaried position, you must have highly developed oral and written communication skills. A proven record of writing successful grants may be beneficial. You must be able to generate workable, practical solutions, understand basic bookkeeping (knowledge of using Xero is an advantage), fundraising and marketing, be committed to a collaborative working approach; be able to operate autonomously, and have good, negotiation and liaison skills. A high level of organisational skills is essential.

Most importantly you should have an understanding of, and commitment to, the benefits and promotion of walking. A demonstrated knowledge or background in walking and the factors influencing opportunities for walking in South Australia, both recreational and for transport, would be advantageous.

This position has the potential to become full-time if additional funding is sought.

Employee benefits

We value our employees and volunteers and believe your passion and commitment will make a difference to achieving our vision. We offer:

  • Work-life balance – flexible work arrangements (some out of hours may be required).
  • Developing your career – we provide professional development opportunities.

To apply for the job please provide a cover letter addressing the criteria (max 3 pages), and your recent CV. Please address to Ms Tuesday Udell, Chair of Walking SA, office@walkingsa.org.au

Salary: $35,000 per year + superannuation ($61,250 FTE)
Office location: Adelaide
Contact Greg Boundy, 0457 006 620 for the position description and more information
Applications close on 15th September at 11.59pm

General information about Walking SA and our activities can be found at walkingsa.org.au

Discover more walking at the Caravan and Camping Sale this weekend

Caravan and Camping Sale Show, Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm daily at Wayville Showgrounds

We're at the Caravan and Camping Sale this weekend:
Thursday 25 July to Sunday 28 July, 10am to 5pm daily at Adelaide Showground, Wayville.

Discover more about walking by grabbing some some of our lists of best walks in the ten tourism regions of South Australia. Chat to us on Saturday or Sunday about the best trails, or become a supporter to help us promote walking.

The widest range of leading companies will be showcasing their camping and caravan products & services all within one convenient location. If you need to upgrade, if you want to buy your first van or trailer, or just fancy checking out some new equipment or accessories.

Visit us at stall J9b in the Jubilee Pavilion, we're sharing a stall with the Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA. Pick up your copy of the free Let's Go Caravan & Camping Almanac from them, normally valued at $10.

Showground entry tickets are $13, or $11 for concession. Children under 15 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

2017/18 Annual Report and Report and AGM

Walking SA 2017-18 Annual ReportWalking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11th October at the Jade in Flinders Street, with a healthy attendance of member clubs, organisations and individuals. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night.

The AGM preceded the presentation of the Walking Awards and was a relatively straight forward meeting.

Guest Speakers and Presentations

Alison Buck, Trail Manager from National Parks and Wildlife Service SA for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail speaks at Walking SA AGM

The AGM was followed by a presentation from Alison Buck, Trail Manager from National Parks and Wildlife Service SA for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. She spoke about the vision and planning of the trail, and how it was designed for busy city people to escape into nature.

The AGM was followed by a presentation from Alison Buck, Trail Manager from National Parks and Wildlife Service SA for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. She spoke about the vision and planning of the trail, and how it was designed for busy city people to escape into nature. Research shows that with the trail people stay an extra three nights on Kangaroo Island, boosting the local economy, including park ranger jobs and local tourism service providers. She outlined how the trail route and camping facility sites was determined, including ensuring the trail followed a route people naturally want to walk, to avoid people stepping off the trail. She updated us on the progress of the project seeing The Australian Walking Company (AWC) develop luxury tent-style eco-sensitive accommodation along the trail, which will offer a higher-end trail walking opportunity, similar to what the AWC does on the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.

Ben Trewren, recipient of Terry Lavender Scholarship from the Churchill Fellowship, updating us on his projectBen Trewren spoke on recently being awarded the Terry Lavender Scholarship from the Churchill Fellowship, updating us on how his project to investigate trails overseas is proceeding. View Ben’s presentation.

Board Member Appointments

We’re delighted to appoint two new members 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.

  • Anna Haygreen, Board member on the Walking SA BoardAnna Haygreen
    We welcome Anna to the Board. With a background in environmental work and significant experience in working for two Melbourne local councils as a Sustainable Transport Officer, her appointment will strengthen our perspective on walking for transport. Her experience in developing walking projects, with community engagement and project management complement her passion for promoting all forms of walking. Recently returning to Adelaide, she is an avid bushwalker.
  • Rod Quintrell, Board member of Walking SA BoardRod Quintrell
    We welcome Rod to the Board. As a board member of South Australia’s leading bushwalking training body, Bushwalking Leadership SA, and a member of Outdoors SA, Rod’s experience and qualifications in the fields of mental health and outdoor recreation/tourism broadens our perspective. Employed within a large South Australian outdoor education provider in business development and corporate training his skills and contacts will see the continued growth of Walking SA and our promotion of bushwalking.

We thank the work of our retiring Board Members:

  • Wendy Keech, retiring from 5 years of service on the Walking SA BoardWendy Keech
    After five years of service, including the last four years as Chair or Co-Chair we bid Wendy farewell from the Board. Her contributions have seen Walking SA’s profile and reach increase, bringing our vision of seeing more people walking more often to life.
  • Michelle Wilson retiring after 5 years of service on the Walking SA BoardMichelle Wilson
    After five years of service, we bid Michelle farewell from the Board. Her contributions and enthusiasm for walking for health have seen Walking SA’s profile and reach increase, furthering our vision of seeing more people walking more often.

Annual Report

The 2017/18 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Wendy, Co-Chair of Walking SA, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights as well as challenges, facing Walking SA and the walking community. View the 2017/18 Annual Report.

Highlights include:

  • Highlights of the past year
  • read about the year’s achievements in the Co-Chair’s Report
  • reports from our Walking for Recreation Committee and Walking for Transport Committee
  • Events: Walktober and April’s Hiking Expo
  • an overview of our membership
  • report from our new Executive Officer
  • Treasurers Report

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.

Success of the Hiking Expo

The successful Hiking Expo event was on April 15th in Belair National Park. The day consisted of guided walks and 35 exhibitors promoting walking opportunities including trails, outdoor gear, walking clubs and walking groups and tours.

We had indications of upwards of 2,500 attending on the day but unfortunately with poor weather that weekend this was reduced to about 500.

The event was possible through the financial seed funding and many volunteers from our key event partners the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers and Heart Foundation Walking. Thanks to the financial generosity of member clubs and other revenue generation on the day we were able to break even financially.

Save next year’s date:
Sunday 14 April 2019, 9am to 1:30pm