Statewide Bushwalking / Hiking Strategy
HikeWest (previously as ‘Bushwalking WA’) was represented on the Stakeholders Reference Group for the development of a Statewide Bushwalking / Hiking (including Trail Running) Strategy in 2018-2019. The strategy, to cover the decade to 2029, includes important implications for the way in which bushwalking itself could be governed in the future.
HikeWest contributed an early Discussion Paper, participated in several meetings and forums, and reviewed an early draft of the strategy. A new draft version was released by the strategy consultant and a DLGSC-led Project Management Group for a public comment period which ended 9 September 2019. HikeWest submitted comments on the draft taking account of the input of members obtained via a recent HikeWest online survey.
Once finalised and launched, the Strategy will be followed by the development of an implementation plan aimed at delivering meaningful outcomes across the 10-year strategy timeframe.
The following are some of the issues for bushwalking that HikeWest 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 HikeWest 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.