Trails Less Travelled – hike Mt Lofty from a different direction, Sunday 16th October 2016

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction. Sunday October 16 2016. Hikes from 8am.Most Adelaidians are familiar with the Waterfall Gully track to Mt Lofty Summit but did you know there are at least 9 other routes that can get you to the top? Come and join one of our hosted walks and discover some of the lesser known trails exploring Cleland Conservation Park and the trails beyond.

There are walk options to suit everybody. If you’re after a serious climb along forest trails to get your heart pumping, a gentle ramble to take in the scenery or something in between then we have a walk for you. Check out the options and choose from various lengths, terrain and starting points. All walks will start at 8am and will be led by one of our member clubs so you don’t even need to read a map! Registration is free.

Once you’re at the top, you can refresh yourself at the Summit Cafe and stroll among the stall holders in the summit courtyard.

So whether it’s a new route or an old favourite, register for one of the Trails Less Travelled and we’ll see you at the summit!

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.”

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.

Inaugural Walking SA Awards

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  • Who created that walking trail?
  • Who inspired me to go walking?
  • How did that organisation come about?
  • Who promoted the joys of bushwalking?

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. At Walking SA we believe that it’s about time they were recognised.

Walking SA is initiating annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. If you know of someone who should be considered for an award in 2016 please do consider nominating them.

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, bushwalking, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

Our vision is to have more people walking more often. We provide leadership through; promoting and supporting walking opportunities for all South Australians; promoting opportunities to improve the health and lifestyle of South Australians through walking; as well as expertise, guidance and advocacy for safe and supportive walking infrastructure.

We are launching 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

Criteria for the 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

The awards are a leadership initiative of Walking SA towards public recognition of individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to walking at all levels in South Australia.

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.

Nominations close on 26th August 2016. Awards will be presented at the Awards Presentation Night on Thursday 13th October 2016.

For further information contact: –

Wendy Keech – Walking SA Chair: 0403 997 907

Greg Boundy – Walking SA Executive Officer: 0457 006 620

2015 Annual General Meeting featuring Dr Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks

Notice of Meeting

7pm Thursday 8th October 2015
Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA
Drinks and nibbles from 7.00pm
7.15pm Guest Speaker – Dr Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks

Dr Ben Rossiter, Victoria WalksBen will reflect on the development of Victoria Walks. He will then share some pearls of wisdom from that evolving journey, especially some ideas that may be used to inform the future pathway for Walking SA.

Ben is the Executive Officer of Victoria Walks since it was established by VicHealth in 2009. Victoria Walks is widely recognised for its work in promoting walking and creating walkable communities.

Ben is an internationally recognised leader in walking promotion and is on the board of the International Federation of Pedestrians. He has a long interest in walking and strong, healthy, socially connected communities and urban environments. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities. He grew up bushwalking and particularly enjoys walking and playing in his neighbourhood with his children.

Auditor sought for Walking SA for 2015/2016 financial year

Auditor sought for Walking SA starting with the 2015/2016 financial year.

We’re looking for a person or company/partnership to audit our accounts and help us ensure we’re meeting all our statutory financial and tax obligations. Walking SA is a micro organisation with less than $100 000 turnover and a well organised accounting system using Xero.

The members of Walking SA are hoping to continue the fortunate practice of pro-bono auditor services.

If you can offer your services or would like further information, please contact the Treasurer, Ian Budenberg, on 08 8390 1574 or treasurer@walkingsa.org.au

Appointment of Executive Officer

Greg Boundy, appointed as Executive Officer, Walking SAWalking SA is delighted to announce that we have appointed Greg Boundy as our new Executive Officer.

Greg comes to Walking SA with a broad breadth and depth of experience. He has held senior roles in his career with commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations which equips him well for the Executive Officer role. Greg is highly experienced in developing and implementing strategic plans as well as operationally leading an organisation. Greg’s approach is to work highly collaboratively within the organisation, with stakeholders as well as the broader community. He is enthused by the work already undertaken by Walking SA with its strategic planning and its goals for the future and he can make a significant contribution to their achievement.

Greg has a range of personal interests including his family, hiking, photography and music. He and his wife Valerie are in their fifth year of hiking the Heysen Trail with The Friends of the Heysen Trail, which combines both his passion for walking and photography. They also holidayed in North America last year and the highlights included walking in the Canadian Rockies and also into Grand Canyon. Greg believes strongly in the health and wellbeing as well as the environmental benefits of walking and looks forward to engaging with all those with similar passion and commitment.

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.

Walking SA Survey 2015

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent survey. We had a huge response with 503 respondents!

The feedback we received is very important to us and we’ll be working towards creating a bigger and better Walking SA thanks to the great responses. The winner of the $100 voucher was Mike Jureidini. Congratulations Mike!

A summary of the survey results will be made available at a later date.

Position Vacant: Executive Officer – 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.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

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

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

We require a person with administration, financial and leadership skills, and 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 a 20.0 hour week; plus superannuation; time allocation is negotiable.

More information about Walking SA can be found at www.walkingsa.org.au.

View a copy of the Position Description.

Please forward your resume to Ms Wendy Keech by email to office@walkingsa.org.au by 5pm Friday 26 June 2015. For brief telephone enquiries phone: 0457 006 620

Enter our survey for a chance to win a $100 debit card

We are continually developing and improving Walking SA as an organisation that provides ongoing and long term benefit to the community. We are seeking your feedback and suggestions as to what you would like to see Walking SA do as the peak body for walking in South Australia.

We have compiled a survey to enable us to understand your wants and needs.  By completing this survey, you will help to shape the future of Walking SA and also have the chance to win a $100 pre-paid debit card.

The survey is open to everyone, so please encourage your friends and fellow walkers to also participate.

Please complete this survey by 12 June 2015.

Free Program of Discovery Walks & Walking SA at Belair National Park Discovery Day

Belair Open Day, Sunday May 3rd 2015During late April through to the end of May a number of national parks are having free Discovery Days. Find out about all the activities for each park and more detail on the NRM website.

Onkaparinga National Park and Recreation Park

Tuesday, 21 April, 10am-3pm

  • guided walks with the Friends of Onkaparinga Parks volunteers
  • wetlands walks

Belair National Park

Sunday, 3 May, 10am-4pm

  • WalkingSA information stand, come and say hi!
  • guided walks with Friends of Belair National Park
  • dogs welcome on leads

Para Wirra Recreation Park

Sunday, 24 May, 10am-3pm

Free overnight camping

  • night walk with a ranger
  • morning bird walk
  • guided nature walks
  • guided history walks
  • dogs welcome on leads

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park 25th birthday celebration

Sunday, 31 May, 10am-3pm

  • guided nature walks with the Friends of Cobbler Creek volunteers
  • dogs are welcome on leads

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: