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Keynote - UPDATE
Welsh trail legend Daffyd Davis MBE will share his knowledge on the Welsh Mountain Bike initiative, Coed y Brenin, discussing the issues around creating destinations, bringing benefits to communities and adding value to public lands. Additionally, he will provide an overview of sustainable trail planning with an emphasis on purpose built (multi-use and single use) trails.


Keynote - UPDATE
Pam Gluck - Executive Director American Trails. Pam has served as the Executive Director of American Trails for thirteen years and has over 20 years experience in working in the sector. Pam will discuss the importance of developing ongoing and productive relationships with federal and state trail-related agencies and with national, state, and local trail-managers and advocacy/user organizations. Have a look here for more on American Trails

 

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PROGRAM

Development of the program content and themes has been an exciting time for us and we have been pleased with the achievements and the encouraging feedback from stakeholders - particularly the work that has been done to date on the national Greenways Declaration. These are important outcomes for us all and we encourage you to continue to be involved.

 

TUESDAY 30 AUGUST

WORKSHOP 1 - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - The Grand Canyon Walking Track Tim Lanyon (NSW)

WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST

08:00
Registration and Starter Refreshments
09:00Official Opening and Welcome
09:30KEYNOTE ADDRESS
DAFYDD DAVIS MBE
Whole-of-Landscape Trail Planning...creating destinations, bringing benefits to communities and adding value to public lands
10:30Refreshment Break
11:00STATE OF THE TRAILS
A series of presentations from around the country highlighting the latest in trail business, industry development, land management proctices, design and everything else that is making news.
12:30Lunch
13:30

FACILITATED PANEL SESSION
The Business of Partnerships

The relationship between governments and community groups seeking to develop trail opportunities is often a complex one. This session will explore two examples of how government agencies and community groups can work together and leverage the strengths of each to achieve worlds best practice outcomes.
John Dunn, Programme Manager, NZ Ministry of Economic Development (NZ)
Pam Gluck, Executive Director American Trails (USA)
Crystal Reed, Executive Officer Munda Biddi Foundation Inc (WA)
Kerstin Stender, Project Coordinator, Department Environment and Conservation (WA)

15:00Refreshment Break
15:30

CONCURRENT SESSION #1 (15:30 - 17:00)

ThemeCOMMUNITYDESTINATION
DESIGN
BUSINESS
3.30
Great Blue Mountains Trail - following in the footsteps of our early explorers
Neil Tredwell, Manager Tredwell Management

Australian Success Stories - a national fly-over of great Australian trails.
Nicolas Bowman, National Director IMBA Australia
Lysterfield Mountain Bike Park and Trailmix: A small business operator's entrepreneurial partnership with Parks Victoria delivers sustainable success for Melbourne's iconic MTB Park.
Kristjan Snorrason, Trailmix.
Digital Media and your trail experience.
Rod Annear A/Assistant Director of Parks and Visitor Services, Department of Environment and Conservation WA
4.00
Development of a world-class off-road cycling trail: the Munda Biddi
Crystal Reed - Executive Officer
Munda Biddi Foundation Inc (WA),Kerstin Stender - Project Coordinator, Department Environment and Conservation (WA)
Resolving trail bike conflicts.
Steve Pretzel (WA)
Active Trails: lessons from a collaborative initiative
Darryl Low Choy and Steve MacDonald (QLD)
 

 

Social What??
Peter Solly, Serial Entrepreneur (SA)
4.30
"Walking the line - balancing community aspirations and environmental sustainability in a contemporary MTB policy"
Dianne MacLean, Tourism and Visitor Management, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail
John Dunn, Programme Manager, New Zealand Cycle Trail
A longitudinal assessment of environmental and use impacts to Brisbane's Gap Creek Circuit mountain bike trail
Stu Clement
Stuart Clement Solutions (SA)
Geo-Design my Ride...
Andrew Fellows                   

17:00Close of Sessions/Informal networking


THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

8:30Refresments
09:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
PAM GLUCK - Executive Director American Trails
It's all about Partnerships - American Trails vision is to provide a trail opportunity to all Americans within 15 minutes of home or workplace - its all about partnerships

10:00
Refreshment Break
10:30
FACILITATED PANEL SESSION (10:30 - 12:30)
Regional and Landscape Planning - integrating trails within long term, strategic landscape-scale planning policy.
It is now acknowledged that sustainable trail infrastructure provides significant benefits to communities through the provision of greener and more active transport opportunities, improved tourism destination development, better informed environmental management practices and increased health benefits through a more physically active community. Trail development is therefore a key ingredient to "smart" regional planning policy. This session will look at communities that have embraced trails at the "pointy" end of the planning process. 
12:30
Lunch

13:30

CONCURRENT SESSION #2 (13:30 - 15:00)
Theme
Community
Destination
Design
 
1.30
New kid on the block: Balancing mountain biking with other uses of NSW national parks.
Philip Nicholas, Experience Development Coordinator, National Parks and Wildlife Service (VIC)
Have your say - Australian Greeways Declaration. An information and ideation session.
Stephen Hodge, Facilitator Australian Greenways Declaration
The Australian Walking Track Grading System
Richard Wadsworth (VIC)
 
 2.00
Signs of Recovery - The place of design in rebuilding social and economic capital post-Natural Disaster
Steve Jones (VIC)
Clarence - River of Adventure Project
Danny Parkin, Liz Fairweather and Richard Dunning
Walking and MTB Trails - some principles for cooperation
Bill Gehling, President of the Walking Federation of SA (SA)
 
 2.30

A small Success Story - Parks and Wildlife Service rangers versus pesky MTB's. A generally negative relationship turning sweet!
Shamus Conway - Senior Ranger, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QLD)

 

A glance back at the development of the Otago Central Railtrail and a cycle tourism business.
Neville Grubb (NZ)
Mechanised Trail Development - do these techniques and technologies yield a faster, better, more cost effective trail network?
Tony Boone, IMBA (USA)
 
3.00
Refreshment Break
15:30
FACILITATED PANEL SESSION 1 (15:30 - 17:00)
Natural Disasters - floods, fires, drought and extreme weather.
These occurances are only forecast to increase in severity and frequency. What does this mean for trail planning and asset management. From ranger to small business operator, regional develoment authorities to policy planners in state agencies - what can we do to mitigate these risks and how can we learn from the remediation work that has and will be undertaken following recent events.
16:10

FACILITATED PANEL SESSION 2 (15:30 - 17:00)
National Standards - are they the ultimate rejection handler?

There is much discussion on the relative merits of the trails sector working together to develop a set of national standards that encompass all aspects of trail design, contruction, use, management, signage, marketing and interpretation - from urban to regional/remote communities. Will national standards improve the manner in which the promised experience is delivered to the user and more importantly, will the delivered experience meet the promise? This session will investigate some international and local examples where a clear set of "standards" has delivered significantly improved outcomes for communities.
Daffyd Davis - International Trails Consultant (UK)
Richard Wadsworth
- Statewide Recreation & Tourism Coordinator, Forests & Parks Division (VIC)

17:00
Close of Sessions/Informal Networking
18:30
Conference Dinner

FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
08:30Refreshments
09:00KEYNOTE ADDRESS
MICHAEL HAYNES 
Michael
will dive into the issues of developing policy that delivers cost effective solutions and more sustainable health, transport, environmental, recreation and tourism outcomes to the community.

10:30
Refreshment Break
11:00

PLENARY WORKSHOP SESSION (11:00 - 12:00)
New ways of doing old business...alternative natural asset management models

The Business of Trails is a proven economic driver for regional communities as well as providing improved health, transport and recreation outcomes for urban populations. For those natural assets that sit adjacent to or within conservation areas, striking the right balance between visitation and conservation is a challenge not new to managers. Resourcing the management of assets under state or federal control will continue to be done within tight (and in some cases shrinking) budget allocations. This workshop session will investigate whether or how "business" can be engaged to invest in the future welfare of trail asset management.
Pam Gluck, Executive Director American Trails

12:00PLENARY WORKSHOP SESSION (12:00 - 1:00)
Greenways Declaration - the merits of a Commonwealth Greenways Declaration.
The Greenways Working Group (GWG) of Trails Australia have drafted a Greenways Declaration for consideration by the Commonwealth, based upon the Lille 2000 Declaration. Delegates will have the opportunity to review the draft declaration prior to the conference. The potential benefits of a national approach to the recognition and development of Greeways in Australia will be identified through a facilitated plenary discussion. The GWG will present the following for consideration by all delegates:

"The Australian National Tracks and Trails Conference have endorsed the Declaration of Greenways for Australia. The Declaration provides a national statement about the values of greenways for Australia and Australians and to seek in-principle support from the Australian Government to recognise the Declaration, setting direction to progress formal recognition of greenways."

1:00Summary Session and Closing Remarks
National Tracks and Trails Conference - the way forward.

The work of Trails Australia and the development of the National Tracks and Trails Conference will be open for general discussion as well as the potential formation of a series of working groups to progress critical development areas identified during the conference.
ALL
13:30
Lunch


 

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