March News

Recreation SA is pleased to announce Anthony Bates has joined the organisation, taking up the role of Trails Project Officer. Anthony’s previous experiences with YMCA, Royal Life Saving SA, and owning his own swim school have provided him with a knowledge of key sectors under the Recreation SA scope, and skills that were identified as a key requirement for this important role.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education), a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, a Graduate Diploma in Education,  and experience with managing projects that require overseeing budgets and achieving project outcomes.  His enthusiasm for the role was evident throughout the selection process and we look forward to him joining our team and ensuring our service to the trails industry is continuing to increase and enabling us to better to support the wide range of trail user groups and infrastructure providers.

Anthony will manage a range of trail projects and tasks which include the following:

  • managing the Trails Advisory Group and Trails Forum meetings;
  • ensuring the Trails SA website is successfully ready to launch and maintained as an up-to-date resource for users and all stakeholders of the trails sector;
  • building a database of all key trail stakeholders and establishing relationships with key people within the industry;
  • on behalf of the trails sector, ensuring Rec SA’s advocacy, sharing of information, and communication is strong;
  • with guidance from the Trails Advisory Group (made up of representatives from Bike SA, Scuba SA, Horse SA, Walking SA and Canoe SA) ensuring priority outcomes from the Trails Masterplan are identified and implemented.

Since Anthony's appointment as Trails Project Officer in February, it has certainly been a busy, yet productive, time in the Trails sector.

The usage of Recreational Trails within South Australia is ever increasing, as is the building and maintenance of the substantial network of trails throughout the state – so there are some exciting times ahead.

Trails SA Website

Promoting the access to, and the usage of, the trail network is a key objective of the SA Recreational Trails 10 year Master Plan, and creating a one-stop shop for trails information in South Australia is pivotal to success in this area. The redeveloped Trails SA website is now nearing completion with the official launch date set for April 3rd at the Recreation, Parks and Leisure State Conference.

With the number of new trails currently being planned or constructed, the Trails SA website will always be a work in progress with continual updates, photos, and trail notes being added as they become available.

With that in mind Recreation SA is seeking submissions of information (trails notes/descriptions) and photos for the redeveloped website. We are particularly seeking high quality photos of all trails within South Australia. The can be of any activity on the trails – Walking/Hiking, Biking, Horse Riding, Canoeing, Scuba Diving/Snorkeling or Camping. Photos could be of the views, signage, trail head, car park, campsites, walkers, riders, canoeists, scuba divers or any other pictures that may be useful to someone looking at the specific trail on the website. We will need the general location of the photo, photographers name (if you want it referenced) and, of course, permission to use the photo on the website.

Please email Anthony  or call 0428 747 545 or  to discuss potential content, or just send it through via email or a drop box link (or similar).

Planning Workshop

Recreation SA has continued to engage key stakeholders in the Trails Sector and earlier this month, a planning workshop was attended by industry representatives to prioritise the needs of the Trails Industry - with particular focus on the SA Trails 10 Year Master Plan. Thanks must go to all who attended. Their input was invaluable as we work together towards sustainable, world class trails in South Australia.

Thank you

On a personal note, Anthony would like to convey his gratitude thanks to Walking SA, Horse SA, Bike SA, Canoe SA and Scuba SA. The specialist input, history and advice provided by these peak industry bodies has been very helpful as I settle into his new role. He is also grateful for for the advice and invaluable contributions from representatives from DEWNR, Forestry SA and the Office of Recreation and Sport.

Picture Credit: Horse SA