In many ways exceeding the challenging requirements and expectations for the award, Simon’s accomplishments make him highly deserving of Honorary Membership.
Simon is an exceptional mentor and an outstanding leader and role model.
He has a remarkable ability to build networks and a willingness to take on projects and see them to successful completion.
The Friends’ membership, and the wider community have benefitted from his vision for the Trail and he has earned enormous respect for his dedication through volunteer involvement.
He has contributed substantial and sustained service since joining The Friends of the Heysen Trail Inc in 2001, having served as the Walking Committee Chair, Vice President from 2005-2007, President from 2007-2011 and Council Member from 2011-2014.
He has led by example, co-ordinating the End-to-End 3 group, and has guided groups on Extended Walks in the Grampians, Kokoda Track, Great Ocean Walk, Larapinta Trail and Flinders Ranges.
His initiatives also included Walk Leadership Training and Twilight Walks.
More recently, his achievements have included membership of the Tank Site planning subcommittee and Chair of the Warren Bonython Memorial Walk.