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 2030, includes important implications for the way in which bushwalking itself could be governed in the future. HikeWest contributed a Discussion Paper in 2018, participated in several meetings and forums, and reviewed an early draft of the strategy. A new draft was then released by the strategy consultant and a DLGSC-led Project Management Group for a public comment period. HikeWest submitted comments in September 2019 on the draft taking account of the input of member clubs obtained via a HikeWest online feedback survey. The finalised Strategy was launched on 24 June 2020. An implementation plan is now being developed to deliver meaningful outcomes across the 10-year strategy timeframe.
The following are some of the key issues for bushwalking that HikeWest hopes to see addressed as an outcome or extension of the Strategy and its recommendations:
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 and other papers/submissions on trails strategies and related subjects include:
- Submission on DLGSCI-Sport & Recreation ‘Common Ground’ (strategic funding review) Discussion Paper, Nov. 2018.
- “Sustainability of traditional bushwalking – Strategic implications for bushwalking in the Perth region – a bushwalker’s perspective” – Dave Osborne (WalkGPS), from July 2017 presentation (pdf; opens in Google Drive, including speaker notes).
- 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.