Huge turnout expected at 3-day WA Trails and Recreation Forum

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Bald Head walk.
Camera IconBald Head walk. Credit: Supplied/Lee Griffith

About 200 people are expected to turn out next week for the triumphant return of the WA Trails and Recreation Forum in Albany.

Starting on October 13 and running over three days, the event focuses on all things trails such as stewardship, planning and recovery.

Former Olympian Emma George will also speak at the forum, showcasing the best trail projects being worked on in the Great Southern.

Outdoors Great Southern is one of the partners responsible for the event.

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Chief executive Lenore Lyons said attendees would leave with an improved understanding of the WA trail sector.

“This is the first time that we've had a forum of this type in Albany over three days,” she said.

“The aim is to provide an opportunity for people with an interest in trails with a good understanding of what’s happening across the trail sector in WA.”

Three workshops will run at Camp Quaranup before a full day of programs at the Albany Entertainment Centre. Site visits to places such as Castle Rock and Lights Beach will run on October 15.

Ms Lyons said the event was a great showcase for Albany and the Great Southern.

“On the Wednesday we’re going out to Camp Quaranup and we've got a series of workshops there ... and we've got a sundowner hosted by the City of Albany at the Albany Town Hall,” she said.

“Thursday is the full day of programming, so that’s where they’ve got all the formal kind of conference presentations, and then on the Friday we’ve got site visits across the region.

“To have about 200 delegates coming to Albany to experience what makes our region so special and to hear about what’s happening in other parts of our State ... it’s just such an exciting event for us to be involved in hosting.

“The wonderful thing about this event is that it’s a great showcase for the Great Southern and for the trails within our region.”

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