New Churchill Fellowship in honour of Trails Pioneer
27 Aug 2017
The Churchill Fellows' Association of South Australia in conjunction with the Churchill Trust are raising funds to offer a Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship to investigate ways to improve, manage and promote outdoor recreational trails in South Australia.
A public appeal for donations towards this Fellowship was launched at the Uraidla Hotel last Sunday, 20 August 2017.
"We're hoping that the South recipient of this award will work with us to investigate ways to further develop, improve, manage and promote outdoor recreational trails and pursuits to the world," State Manager of Parks and Tourism Chris Thomas said.
"We're working hard with a range of stakeholders in the Hills to connect up trails, make them shared use to be more inclusive and present them with fresh and consistent sign age.
"Ultimately, we want our guests to have the best possible visitor experience in the Hills."
Originally from the UK, Terry Lavender moved to Adelaide with his wife Ann in 1969. In 1978, he became the main designer for the Heysen walking trail and oversaw its construction until its completion in 1992.
In 1991, Terry was awarded the Churchill Fellowship to study the development of recreation trails and their impact on tourism in England, USA and Europe.
Terry marked the routes and trails throughout the Mount Lofty and Flinders Rangers and helped establish the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Terry's work was recognised when he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1994.
Terry sadly passed away in 2004 but his legacy lives on.
The Lavender Federation Walking Trail that runs through the Murrylands, Adelaide Hills and Barossa was named in his honor.
Terry's wife Ann Lavender was "quite surprised" to hear about the new Fellowship.
"I feel quite honoured and privileged that this Fellowship has been named after Terry," she said. "He has left such a legacy for South Australia and it probably needed someone of his strength, stamina and perseverance to have achieved it all."
Churchill Fellow and organiser Annie O'Connell said the Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for South Australian residents.
"The recipient will be able to travel the world to meet with experts working in a similar space and by seeing what they're doing they can bring back new ideas to South Australia," she said.
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