For this years' conference, we will continue to build on previous conference themes and outcomes.
2008 saw around 250 delegates learn much in the area of trails development, management and maintenance - particularly in the area of mountain biking. Since then, we have all seen activity across the nation in the area of trail development, some of it proactive and productive and some of it far slower than we would like.
As the wheels of regional and urban trail development increasingly turn, it is timely that we explore some of the themes that will impact on users of these community assets. Key words such as 'engagement, 'destination' and 'business' have been frequently used in trail discussions around Australia.
In recent years, sustainable trail development within a conservation context, is seen increasingly for its true value to the community. However, the 'business end' of trails is often overlooked - how do we maximise visitation, measure return on investment and provide support for local community inputs - all the time working to expand the capacity for conservation outcomes to be intimately linked to the business side of the trail equation?
Is it as simple as "safety in numbers" - the more people that engage
with parks, will see more people respect parks, and result in more people investing in parks - better managed assets, better conservation and diversity outcomes through increased visitation?
During the planning stage of the conference, we will be working towards the themeatic look and feel from the key words and phrases below. As we proceed, we will expand on these themes.
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Product and destination development
Trail and signage standards - local and national
Sustainable trail design
Trail monitoring - evidenced based
Government grants and program funds
Volunteer development and retention
Evaluation - the SEE Principle (social/
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