The 2022 WA Trails forum will focus on the planning and construction of mountain bike and hiking trails close to Perth and other strategic priorities.
This forum is brought to you in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Western Australian Indigenous Tour Operators Council (WAITOC), Trails WA and the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
This year’s keynote speaker is Galeo Saintz. Galeo is a conservation adventurer, trail founder and mountain wilderness guide. A founding member of numerous conservation NGOs including the mountain trail initiative Rim of Africa and the biodiversity
corridor initiative Eden to Addo in South Africa. Galeo is also the founding Chair of the World Trails Network, an international initiative championing the international trails industry and promoting the world’s leading trails and trail destinations.
The forum will also be the platform for the launch of the Western Australian Strategic Trails Blueprint
2022-2027. The blueprint is an overarching guide for consistent and coordinated planning, development and management of quality trails and trail experiences across Western Australia. It provides a vision, guiding principles, strategic directions,
and actions for consideration across the State by Government, trail managers, landholders, trail support groups, tourism operators and the community.
There will be opportunities to network with other key industry stakeholders throughout the forum, including at an industry sundowner.
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Please note this schedule of presenters is subject to change.
Galeo is a conservation adventurer, trail founder and mountain wilderness guide. A founding member of numerous conservation NGOs including the mountain trail initiative Rim of Africa and the biodiversity corridor initiative Eden to Addo in South Africa.
Galeo is also the founding Chair of the World Trails Network, an international initiative championing the international trails industry and promoting the world’s leading trails and trail destinations.
Rod Annear been in protected area management for more than 40 years. He has worked as a National Park Ranger, natural area interpreter and has overseen the planning and implementation of capital works developments in parks across Western Australia (WA).
He is currently the Assistant Director for Parks and Visitor Services with the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in WA. Balancing community expectations for facilities and services in parks
with available resources and protecting the nature and culture of parks is an ongoing challenge.
Rod loves working with communities to deliver facilities and services that benefit WA and help nurture relationships with nature. He works with a team of creative designers, interpreters, architects and community partners to deliver high quality, innovative
experiences and facilities to Western Australian national parks. He can be a bit nerdy when it comes to gadgets and has a weakness for coffee, hazy pale ale and 1970s fashion.
Kerstin Stender heads up the Recreation and Trails team in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia. She has a Masters in Tourism Development which focused on sustainable trail governance. Born in Germany, Kerstin
enjoys Australian and worldwide natural environments and is often found hiking, cycling, paddling or recreating in protected areas.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has developed the 8-Stage Trail Development Process to standardise methodology for any tenure with a focus on conservation estate. It builds rigor into planning, design and construction to ensure
trail proposals are transformed into high-quality, low-maintenance assets and not liabilities. The development process not just provides best practice, but also offers the most time and cost effective outcome and transparency of process.
Gabby has worked in the Western Australian tourism industry for more than 20 years honing her skills within the private and government sectors. With 15 years working at a WA-based Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO), Gabby has extensive knowledge
in Tourism Marketing and Destination Management, with an understanding of the challenges regional tourism communities face and how working collaboratively with shires and tourism stakeholders can transform communities, adding to Western Australia’s
unique tourism assets.
WAITOC has been successful in securing the World Indigenous Tourism Summit for 2023 and continues to create new partnerships with prospective stakeholders in order to improve Cultural understanding, respect and positive social outcomes for the Australian Aboriginal People and diversify to create a strong sustainable business model.
Rory Garven id the the Environmental Coordinator at the City of Cockburn. Sitting within the Environmental Policy and Planning division, Rory’s role is to protect and enhance the city’s natural environment. The presentation will focus on the
delivery of the city’s Trails Master Plan and will include an overview of some of the successes and challenges experienced during some of the key projects. Case studies will include the Manning Park Mountain Bike Trails investigations and the
Coogee Maritime Trail.
Ryan is the Manager of Parks and Landscape at the City of Fremantle. With a background in landscape architecture, Ryan is passionate about site responsive, innovative and sustainable landscapes that deliver high quality spaces for the community. Ryan
has been involved in the planning for the Booyeembara Park Mountain Bike Trail since its inception by the Fremantle Mountain Bike Collective and is excited to see this project open to the public shortly.
Simone has 20 years' experience in the industry, specifically the local government sector, across a range of service areas including strategy, club development and community infrastructure planning. Currently the Service Lead — Leisure Services
at the City of Stirling with remit for planning and community engagement in relation to community infrastructure. Simone will discuss the city’s recent experiences and local changing participation trends in relation to the provision of urban
mountain biking facilities in the city. She will highlight how the city is responding to community needs through recent projects and planned initiatives.
David MacLennan is the CEO of the City of Vincent. He has extensive public policy and strategy experience at local, state, federal and international levels. David was previously Assistant Director General at the Department of Planning. He is a former
diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with overseas posting experience in the UK, Peru, Mexico and Papua New Guinea. David is a graduate of UWA and has a Masters of Management from ANU. His passions are family and fitness.
Scott Drysdale is Paddy Pallin’s Corporate Sales and Community Outreach Officer for Western Australia. Having initially trained and operated as an expedition guide for several years, Scott transitioned to management roles within the Outdoor
Retail Industry. In his current role, Scott aims to grow and develop an inclusive, diverse, highly knowledgeable, and active community that are passionate advocates of the wild places in which they recreate.
Marg’s passion for mountain biking started 10 years ago. After competing in several XC races, she quickly discovered a strong desire to improve mountain biking opportunities in WA and joined the West Australian Mountain Bike Association
(WAMBA) Committee in 2011. Marg has clocked up many volunteer hours from marshalling to trail advocacy work and everything in between and has been actively involved in a diverse range of projects, including the WA MTB Management
Guidelines, the Goat Farm MTB Park redevelopment and the delivery of the WA Mountain Bike Strategy. Marg has developed a strong appreciation of the challenges facing the mountain bike industry which is well utilised in her
role at WestCycle.
Steve Bennett has enjoyed 42 years working in recreation and trails and is currently employed at DLGSC as Senior Policy Officer — Trails. Steve has worked across government and industry to help guide the development
of sustainable trails state-wide. This includes working on the WA Sustainable Trails Blueprint, WA Mountain Biking Strategy and Hiking Strategy along with a myriad of regional trails master plans.
Steve has a particular strength in bringing stakeholders from across state and local government together with local community groups to deliver great outcomes that benefit the whole community. Steve will be discussing the recently launched WA Sustainable
Trails Blueprint with a focus on opportunities and challenges for the trails community.
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