Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail
The Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail is a priority project identified in the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan (2020-2029). The trail consists of 26 proposed walking, cycling and paddling experiences across nine local government areas in the Great Southern.
This diverse array of active leisure opportunities is designed to stop travelers in their tracks, showcasing the region’s unique landscapes, heritage and culture, and encouraging participation in outdoor recreation with a series of informative signs.
It's intended that the project results in greater community awareness of, and engagement with, the Bobtail Trail while providing opportunities for community members to share their knowledge. It's also hoped the project will provide more opportunities for Aboriginal people to spend time on Country in order to share stories. Learning and collaboration opportunities will be realised through interpretive signage explaining the region's history, heritage, culture and biodiversity.
The project is expected to provide seniors, including Aboriginal Elders, with opportunities for social connection through participation in a community history and storytelling project linked to the Great Southern Treasures Bobtail trail.
In the longer term, the project has the potential to grow social connection, improve individual wellbeing and provide an increased sense of purpose for members of the community.
The information will also be curated for use on the Great Southern Treasures website.
Outdoors Great Southern Project Manager said the full project would take about 18 months to deliver, and detailed consultation with the local government authorities would begin in coming months. Significant community engagement would be required to develop and compile meaningful interpretive content for the storytelling project.
To complete the project, Outdoors Great Southern will partner with nine local governments (the land managers), Aboriginal corporations, organisations and their representatives.
The project area encompasses the following local government areas:
Outdoors Great Southern looks forward to contributing to a project which will encourage active trail use, community pride, environmental stewardship, and better cross-cultural understanding, made possible by a generous Lotterywest grant.