Statewide Bushwalking / Hiking Strategy
BWA was represented on the Stakeholders Reference Group for the development of a Statewide Bushwalking / Hiking (including Trail Running) Strategy in 2018-2019. BWA provided an early Discussion Paper, participated in several meetings and forums, and reviewed an early draft of the strategy as part of the process. A new draft version was recently prepared by the strategy consultant and a DLGSC-led Project Management Group. The new draft was released on 12 August for a public comment period ending 9 September 2019.
The strategy, to cover the decade to 2029, includes important implications for the way in which bushwalking itself could be governed in the future. BWA will gather the views of members and other bushwalking stakeholders to make a representative, unified peak body response. Contact BWA Acting Exec. Officer for more info.
DLGSCI plans to launch a finalised document as part of the 2019 ‘Outdoors October’ program organised by Outdoors WA.
The following are some of the issues for bushwalking that BWA hopes to see addressed within the final Strategy:
The need for more circuit trails of day walk length within easy reach of Perth
A diversity of bushwalking opportunities for different users
Fit-for-purpose walk trails
The need for a sense of urgency to achieve expanded bushwalking opportunities in WA
Various BWA papers/submissions on trails strategies and related subjects include:
- Submission on DLGSCI-Sport & Recreation ‘Common Ground’ (strategic funding review) Discussion Paper, Nov. 2018.
- Trails Strategy Discussion Paper re WA Bushwalking (& Trail Running) Trails Strategy development, April 2018.
- Comments on Draft Collie River Valley Trails Strategy 2018-2021, June 2018.
- Western Australian Trails Strategy Development submission, 2008.