Centre to make the Great Southern WA's adventure capital

06 October 2017
Adventure opportunities in the Great Southern will be taken to a new level with today's launch of the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE).
  • Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence launched today in Albany
  • Centre aims to create the adventure capital of Australia, boosting job opportunities in the outdoor recreation sector.

Stirling Range National Park - we are driving exonomic growth in regional communities

Officially launched at Albany's Camp Quaranup by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, GSCORE aims to help make the region the adventure capital of Australia by promoting growth in the outdoor recreation industry.

GSCORE aims to create a vibrant and sustainable outdoor recreation sector in the Great Southern through innovative training, business support and strategic planning services.

GSCORE will position the Great Southern as a hub for outdoor education and active leadership, driving education visitation and job creation in the training sector, including the growth and expansion of the tertiary sector and creative partnerships with the commercial sector. The centre should also attract international students to the region.

GSCORE is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; the Great Southern Development Commission; and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"The Great Southern is blessed with an amazing natural environment which just begs locals and tourists alike to climb, hike, walk, cycle, paddle or sail.

"The launch of GSCORE signals the opportunity for the region to come together as one with the goal of being recognised as the adventure capital of Australia."

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"GSCORE is community, industry and government collaboration that has achieved a winning outcome for residents in the Great Southern.

"The facility has great potential to develop and host major sporting events and activities including those targeting interstate and overseas visitors, adding to the region's growing tourism strengths."

Group photo of people at the GSCORE launch

Above (from left to right): Greg Mair, South Coast Regional Manager Dept. Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Dr Lenore Lyons Executive Director Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE), Hon Alannah MacTiernan Minister for Regional Development, Chris Thompson, Regional Manager Great South Sport and Recreation (WA), Angela Simpson Regional Manager Community and Corporate Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), Jennifer O’Neil Director, UWA Albany Campus.

Graham Brimage speaking at the GSCORE launch

Above: Graham Brimage, Executive Director Sport and Recreation (WA) a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Dr Lenore Lyons, Executive Director, Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE)

Above: Dr Lenore Lyons, Executive Director, Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE).