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LATEST NEWS

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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THEMES

THEMES

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.

If you have a particular passion or concept in mind - we'd love to hear about it, so drop us a line at trailsaustralia@bikesa.asn.au

Community
Engagement
Ownership
Stewardship
Volunteers

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Product and destination development
Marketing/Events/risk etc
Land management
Policy

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Trail and signage standards - local and national
Sustainable trail design
Trail monitoring - evidenced based
Insurance

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Commercial partnerships
Government grants and program funds
Volunteer development and retention
Evaluation - the SEE Principle (social/
environmental/economic)

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