Have you got a story to tell about the Great Southern? Do you have a favourite place in the region that’s special because of the stories you associate with it, or because of a momentous event that happened there? Do you know something of the cultural or historical significance of a location in the area?
We want you to share your memories, stories, memorabilia, photos or artefacts to help build a treasure trove of information about the region as part of the Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail project. Outdoors Great Southern is collecting stories and other information for signage and interpretative materials to enhance the experience along the Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail.
The Bobtail Trail, which was identified as a priority project in the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan (2020-2029), is a network of walking, cycling, and paddling trails integrated with the existing Great Southern Treasures (GST) Drive Trail. It adds value to the existing drive trail by providing visitors with multiple opportunities to undertake a short recreational trail activity. While most of the trails already exist in some form, the majority lack trail signage or interpretative materials.
The installation of wayfinding and interpretive signage at each site will assist visitors to select trails based on their abilities and interests, and enhance their understanding and appreciation for the region’s history, culture and biodiversity. The information will also be curated for use on the Great Southern Treasures website.
The project aims to improve social connection and individual well-being, and to provide an increased sense of purpose for residents of regional areas, particularly seniors and Aboriginal Elders, with the help of a Lotterywest grant. It’s also hoped that he project will encourage participation in outdoor recreation by residents and visitors, increase connection to Country, and provide an economic boost to Great Southern communities.
The project area encompasses the following local government areas:
To complete the project, Outdoors Great Southern will partner with nine local governments (the land managers), Aboriginal corporations, organisations and their representatives.
If you have a story to tell, or materials such as photographs that you would be willing to have recorded for the purposes of the project, Outdoors Great Southern would love to hear from you.
You can get in touch via the following methods or find out about story collection workshops and other events in your community: