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News - WA Hiking Strategy - boost bushwalking and trail running for WA.


WA Hiking Strategy to sustain boom in bushwalking and trail running.

The WA Hiking strategy has been released - this has been a culmination of collaborative working across a number of agencies and stakeholders to develop the first Australian strategy to cover both bushwalking and trail running. The strategy released by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is a 10 year strategy to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way.

The strategy is the first of its kind in the country and complements other trail strategies developed over the past 25 years in WA that focus on areas such as mountain biking and horse trails.

It will focus on traditional bushwalking and the emerging growth area of trail running, and will guide industry in the funding and development of hiking and trails for the next decade.

The State Government has allocated $250,000 over the next three years to encourage participation.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said it would help to guide the funding and development of trails over the next decade:

"It is crucial Western Australians continue to get outdoors and enjoy what our state has to offer in terms of nature experiences," he said.
"There has never been a better time to launch this strategy, now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing.
"Our hiking trails experienced record levels of participation over April and May and we want to make sure Western Australians continue to enjoy hiking and trail running.
"We look to our tourism partners to also contribute to the implementation of this strategy to create jobs and grow regional prosperity."

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said West Aussies were lucky to have so many world-class national parks on their doorstep:

"I want Western Australians to get out and see our stunning landscapes and recreational walking is a fantastic way for people to immerse themselves in the natural environment," he said.
"This 10-year strategy will help guide government investment and lead to stronger community development and economic outcomes - including regional development and job creation - throughout the state."

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The strategy was developed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), along with significant community input.

View a downloadable copy of the WA Hiking Strategy.

Project Management Group

Steve Bennett (DLGSC)

Bernadette Benson (elite level trail and ultra runner)

Linda Daniels (Trails WA)

Stuart Harrison and Kerstin Stender (DBCA)

Stakeholder Reference Group

Jamie Bennett (Outdoors WA)

Chelle Fisher (Down Under Discoveries)

Holly Fisher (independent bushwalker – intermediate level)

Chris Mawson (Perth Bushwalkers Club and Sport and Recreation Management Degree, University of Notre Dame, WA)

Melina Mellino (Perth Trail Series)

David Osborne (HikeWest)

Ian Newell (independent trail runner – advanced level)

Sue O’Connor (Adventurous Women)

Lisa Payne (independent trail runner – intermediate level)

Mark Pybus (The Life of Py)

The authors of the WA Hiking Strategy acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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