The State Government has opened the latest round of trail development grants in a bid to boost grass-roots projects to help the State’s appetite for trails tourism. Up to $25,000 is available for local trail development projects through the the Trail Planning Grants Program, open to local governments and incorporated organisations planning on expanding or developing bushwalking, cycling, horse riding, snorkelling and mountain biking trails in WA. This latest round of funding follows on from the release of the WA Strategic Trails Blueprint in October, and from three years of active investment in regional trail networks by the State Government, including the $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative. Collie Preston MLA Jodie Hanns encouraged local organisations to apply for the grants, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, to help make the State’s trails network stronger, sustainable and more inclusive. “The popularity of trails is booming across the State, whether it is bushwalking, cycling, horse riding, snorkelling, or mountain biking — there is huge appetite for these activities,” she said. “The Trail Planning Grants Program is a fantastic opportunity for neighbouring shires and interested organisations to apply for funding. “This would enable them to leverage off the significant McGowan Government investment in the Collie Adventure Trails project.” Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman hopes the State’s trails will continue to connect more people to Country. “WA has some of the greatest trails in the world but for our trail industry to thrive we must encourage a high standard of planning, development, and maintenance, and ensure Aboriginal engagement and cultural values are integrated across all stages,” he said. For more information and to apply visit the DLGSC website.