Walk for the Heysen: Mt Crawford Forest – 21st May 2017

WBHTF Walk for the Heysen event, 21st May 2017

Walk on the Heysen Trail, BBQ & live Blues Band

Experience the pine forest and native scrub and have fun while supporting the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation’s 2017 fundraising efforts. The foundation supports the improvement of facilities and the environment on the Heysen Trail & other walking trails.

Three walk options:

  • 5km
  • 8km
  • 15km

Walks depart from 9.30 am. Arrive in time to register before your walk.

All walks depart from and arrive back to the Fromm’s Farm picnic area. Walks are designed to suit all ages and standards of walking fitness.

Bring the family for a great day out at Mount Crawford.

After the walk grab a sausage off the BBQ at the Fromm’s Farm picnic area, or bring your own picnic while enjoying some cool blues with “The Bluesers”. The picnic area features a larger shelter shed, picnic tables, toilets and parking.

In keeping with the tradition of the Warren Bonython Memorial Walk conducted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 2013 the theme for the day will be yellow.

A prize consisting of a Heysen Trail merchandise pack (value $100) is up for grabs to the best sartorial contribution on the day.

Tickets: $25 for adults, $5 for children, $50 for families

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Support the Foundation by making a donation.

The Foundation is a registered environmental charity and donations are tax deductible.

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Foundation Supports Tree Planting on Walking Trails

Volunteers planting trees at Spalding, May 2015

Volunteers planting trees at Spalding, May 2015

The Foundation was established with the objective of raising funds to support the sustainability and integrity of the Heysen Trail and other walking trails in South Australia. Over the last two years, the Foundation has supported greening activities along the Heysen Trail. In coming years, the aim is to extend the Foundation’s involvement in tree planting on other walking trails and activities such as improvements to infrastructure which protect the environment by reducing the impact of the trail in sensitive areas.

Working with volunteers from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, the Foundation has financed the planting of 750 trees along the Heysen Trail at Dutton’s Trough near Worlds End south of Burra. Walkers familiar with the Heysen trail will be aware that this is a particularly barren section of the trail and desperately in need of some shade or shelter. However, as it is on Goyder’s Line, it is also a challenging area to grow trees. This has meant that the Foundation has financed several supplementary waterings to encourage the trees to thrive.

Tree planting a tree at Worlds End, April 2015

Tree planting a tree at Worlds End, April 2015

The Foundation has also financed the planting of 600 trees along the Bundaleer Channel where the Heysen Trail crosses Railway Dam Road east of Spalding. Once again the work has been undertaken by volunteers from the Friends of the Heysen Trail and it follows from a previous tree planting at that site. The plantation has progressed to the stage where there is the semblance of a forest which warranted the clean-up of the site with the removal of guards and stakes.

In the coming year, the Foundation is expected to finance work to better protect trees planted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail around Hiskey’s Hut, west of Georgetown. And negotiations are underway to assist in greening the Lavender Trail with tree planting along the trail near Point Pass.

The Foundation continues to search for other opportunities to improve the environment of walking trails in South Australia and welcomes any suggestions of necessary works.

Walk for the Heysen – Fromm’s Farm, Mt Crawford

The colour theme for the day was yellow in memory of the late Warren Bonython AO who was known for his yellow walking shorts

The colour theme for the day was yellow in memory of the late Warren Bonython AO who was known for his yellow walking shorts

Robert Alcock presents the prize for the best sartorial contribution to a walker in the Fromm’s Farm shelter

Robert Alcock presents the prize for the best sartorial contribution to a walker in the Fromm’s Farm shelter

The Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation held its first fund raising event on the 22nd of May 2016 in Mt Crawford Forest. Featuring a number of walk options, blues band ‘Deuces Wild’ and a BBQ, the event was well attended and raised over $3,000 for the Foundation.

The event will be held again in 2017 to raise awareness of the Foundation and the Heysen Trail in addition to raising funds.

Thanks to Robert Alcock, the Friends of the Heysen Trail walk committee and numerous others for their help on the day.

WBHT Foundation Granted Tax Deductible Status

After an extensive application process the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation and its public fund were entered onto the Register of Environmental Organisations effective from the 27th April 2016. The Foundation has received endorsement by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR).

Donations made to the Foundations public fund from this date may be eligible for a tax deduction.

Walk for the Heysen: Mt Crawford Forest – 22nd May 2016

2016 Walk for the Heysen, Sunday, 22nd May 2016 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Cen. Australia Standard Time

2016 Walk for the Heysen
Mt Crawford Forest
Sunday 22 May 2016 from 9.30 am

(from Fromm’s Farm, Mount Road, Mount Crawford)

Please join us for the Foundation’s inaugural fund raising event.

Proceeds of the Foundation’s fund raising activities are currently used to support greening activities along the Heysen Trail and the restoration of fire damaged sections of the Trail.

There will be three loop walk options of:

  • 5 km
  • 8 km
  • 15 km

All walks depart from and arrive back to the Fromm’s Farm camp-site. Walks are designed to suit all ages and standards of walking fitness.

In keeping with the tradition of the Walk for Warren established by Friends of the Heysen Trail, the theme for the day will be yellow and a prize consisting of a Heysen Trail merchandise pack to the value of $100 will offered for the best sartorial contribution on the day.

After the walk grab a sausage off the BBQ at the Fromm’s Farm camp-site. Or bring your picnic while enjoying some cool blues with “Deuces Wild”. Fromm’s Farm offers a Large shelter shed and a Picnic area with space to relax.

The cost of registration is $30 for adults, $5 for children and $50 for families.

 

You may also choose to make a one-off donation to the Foundation through the Foundation’s cause page: https://www.gofundraise.com.au/payments/donate/beneficiary/1418

Please note that the Foundation’s application to be registered as an environmental charity is still pending and donations at this point in time are unfortunately not tax deductible.

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Walk for Warren: Mt Crawford Forest – 22nd May 2016

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What is the Economic Value of Bushwalking in South Australia

Participation in bushwalking by visitors to South Australia

Participation in bushwalking by visitors to South Australia

Statistics published by Tourism Research Australia and the South Australian Tourism Commission indicate that[1]:

  • 3% of recreational daytrips[2] undertaken in South Australia over the period 2012-2014 involved ‘bushwalking / rainforest walks’ as an activity. This equates to 347,000 daytrips over an average 12 month period.
  • Average daytrip expenditure in regional SA in the year ending June 2015 was $96 per trip. This equates to total expenditure of $33.3 million by day trip visitors that bushwalk.
  • 10% of all overnight domestic visitors to South Australia participate in ‘bushwalking / rainforest walks’ as a component of their visit. This represents around 527,000 visitors annually over the period 2012-2014.
  • The average expenditure in regional SA by domestic overnight visitors was around $430 per visitor in the year ending June 2015. This equates to a total expenditure of $226.4 million by overnight visitors that bushwalk.
  • More than one third (38%) of international visitors to SA participate in ‘bushwalking / rainforest walks’ as a component of their trip to Australia. While this activity may not necessarily occur in SA it represents an average of 138,000 visitors over the period 2012-14.
  • The average length of stay by holiday / VFR[3] purpose international visitors to SA was 16 nights over the period 2012-14 while the average spend per night in regional SA in the year ended June 2015 was $86.

This suggests expenditure by international visitors to SA who bushwalk as a component of their trip of around $189.9 million.

The estimated expenditure made by daytrip and overnight visitor in SA who bushwalk is summarised below.

Day trip Domestic overnight International overnight Total
Visitors 347,000 527,000 138,000
Expenditure $33.3 Mill $226.4 Mill $189.9 Mill $450 Mill

The total annual visitor expenditure for all overnight visitors over the 2012-14 reference period was $5,100 million and expenditure by overnight visitors who bushwalk represents around 8% of total overnight visitor expenditures for the State.

While not all of the expenditure can be attributed to the direct influence of bushwalking as an activity (in most cases walking will be an ancillary activity) the data demonstrates the importance of bushwalking as a component of the benefits sought by visitors and suggests that walking should be prominently positioned within a broader nature based tourism strategy.

It is anticipated that significant infrastructure such as the Heysen Trail will be recognised and appropriately supported through tourism product development under the State’s nature based tourism strategy.

The understanding of the impact of walking would benefit from further analysis of TRA data and surveys of walkers in SA. Questions to be considered include:

  • What are the characteristics of walkers in South Australia?
  • What are the key motivations for walkers in South Australia?
  • What trails / regions are most attractive? Why?
  • What is the economic impact of walking in regions?
  • What is the value of tourism based on those visitors who travel primarily to walk?
  • What should be the product development priorities to attract more visitors interested in walking?

This article originally appeared on Greenhill Research and Planning’s blog and is reproduced here with permission.

[1] Tourism Research Australia. Travel by Australians. International Visitors in Australia. SA Tourism Commission. South Australian Tourism Profile.

[2] Daytrip is defined as: Non routine round trip of at least 50 KMs and 4 hours away from home.

[3] Visiting Friends and Relatives