Sports and Recreation Minister labels Albany and the Great Southern as a ‘jewel’ at WA hiking forum

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Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie with Sport and Recreation Minister Toni Buti and Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens.
Camera IconWarren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie with Sport and Recreation Minister Toni Buti and Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens. Credit: Campbell Williamson/Campbell Williamson

Sports and Recreation Minister Tony Buti has labelled Albany and the Great Southern as a “jewel” in WA’s hiking network at the Albany Trails and Recreation Forum.

More than 150 key decision makers came together over three days at the forum last week, running from October 13 to 15, with a focus on trail recovery, resilience and recreation.

Speaking at Albany Entertainment Centre on Thursday last week alongside Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie and Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens, Mr Buti said he was excited to hear the views of industry.

“I see Albany and the Great-Southern region as a jewel in WA so obviously this is going to be a win for trail riders and trail walkers because it’s a beautiful environment,” he said.

On Wednesday, three workshops were held at Camp Quaranup before a full day of programs at the entertainment centre.

Site visits to places such as Castle Rock and Lights Beach took place on October 15.

Attendees at the Trails Forum at the Albany Entertainment Centre.
Camera IconAttendees at the Trails Forum at the Albany Entertainment Centre.

Mr Buti said the trail potential in the region was “unlimited” but future trails would need to be developed in harmony with the natural environment.

“One of the attractions of the Great Southern and the City of Albany is the natural environment,” he said.

“So obviously if you’re going to allow people to enjoy the natural environment, you’ve got to ensure that the natural environment is preserved.”

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