Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence launched

Outdoor recreation in the Great Southern is set for a big boost following the launch of the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE).

Minister MacTiernan took to the archery range following the formal launch of the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan visited Albany on Friday 6 October to launch the GSCORE project, which is a joint initiative of the GSDC, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI), and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

GSCORE executive officer Lenore Lyons said the centre’s aim was to make the Great Southern the adventure capital of Australia and to increase the economic and social benefits of outdoor recreation for the region.

“It’s fitting that we officially launch GSCORE at Camp Quaranup in Albany,” Dr Lyons said.

“Quaranup has been the site of student camps for over one hundred years. Our goal is to capitalise on the camp’s rich history and stunning location to position the Great Southern region as a destination for outdoor education and active leadership.”

GSCORE will help to grow the outdoor recreation industry by providing training, business support and strategic planning services. It will promote the Great Southern as a destination for outdoor recreation activities and events, and support the development of new events, programs, products and services.

GSCORE is a $617,000 project supported by $300,000 of State Government funding through the GSDC’s Regional Grants Scheme, and $150,000 through the DLGSCI.

GSDC Chair Ross Thornton said the project aligned with the strategic directions of the Commission.

“We know the huge importance and further potential of tourism for the region,” Mr Thornton said.

“GSCORE will open innovative avenues to grow that sector of the economy and provide jobs while protecting the natural environment that we all value,” Mr Thornton said.

Photo: Minister MacTiernan took to the archery range following the formal launch of the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence.

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