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Kids Outdoors 2030

Kids Outdoors 2030 incorporating the Nature Play Symposium is on this month. Exciting and inspiring keynotes, stimulating presentations and workshops, new activities to try, trade display stands and a Gala Evening at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  Bookings are rolling in so don't delay - go to Register and book today!


Mike Lanza

Author or 'Playborhood'


Ash Nayate

The Parenting Revolution


Judith Locke

The Challenge of
Building Resilience


Date: June 26 – 28 (put it in your diary now!)
Venue: Queensland Recreation Centre Gold Coast

There are still some spaces left in the Trade Display zone
- go to EXHIBIT and sign up if you are interested


Download Kids Outdoors 2030 Flyer here


EO's Report

Dear all,
What happened to May?? Early bird closed already and Kids Outdoors 2030 only 3.5 weeks away. Great to see a real diversity of people coming along to the various events and looking forward to catching up with you all. A huge thanks to Bec Fox, from Exceeding Expectations, for working tirelessly in developing the great program we have on offer. There is truly something for everyone that lives life outdoors.

After last month’s newsletter a number of you asked me why the Statewide Outdoor Recreation Framework had been removed from the NPSR site. Do not panic, it is still moving ahead but is being updated to reflect the new administrative arrangements. As mentioned previously, this framework is a real game changer for outdoor recreation in Queensland.

QORF and Sport and Recreation Services, South East Region, hosted another Queensland Mountain Bike Forum on May 12th and it was great to have representatives from as far away as Atherton and Mt Isa. Many topics were covered by a range of speakers and if you would like a copy of the notes please let me know. At the forum we released the Regional Solutions plan (see below) and I do want to thank Donna Little and the working group for their efforts in developing this document.


Quick happy birthday to Nature Play Queensland which turned 1 during May. If you have not been back to the Nature Play Queensland website for a while I encourage you spend 5 minutes and explore all the great new research and things to do. Like Nature Play QLD on Facebook while you are there to keep up with the latest Nature Play news.

School Camp & Activity providers remember you only have till Friday to submit your industry survey. This data will create a baseline for future surveys and give you the latest industry statistics and ratios to enable you to make better business decisions. If for some reason you have not received the survey please contact Nicole in the QORF office.

As mentioned above looking forward to seeing you all on the Gold Coast at the end of the month.  

Yours in the outdoors!
Murray Stewart


Kroombit Park Closed!

QORF Green Circle Member Kroombit Park forced to close due to extensive flood damage


The 21-year legacy of Kroombit Park will be transformed to fond memories of happy times as park owners Alan and Carol Sandilands announce the park’s closure at the end of the month.

Extensive flooding crushed the park following flooding in February but the clean-up process was unable to restore the years of hard work that had made the park popular destination.



Developing Mountain Biking in Queensland

Aims to present a selection of MTB trail development priorities in Queensland that are viable community assets and are economically and environmentally sustainable.

QORF Executive Officer, Murray Stewart commented that, 


“It is our intention to reinforce that not only can MTB trails contribute to healthy and active communities; but that well designed, constructed and supported trails also contribute to regional development"


Subsidised Training 

QFSR Skills Alliance subsidised training in Certificate IV in Small Business Management is now available on weekends and one-to-one!

The cost to participants will be $395 (which is tax deductible) and includes five workshops, two hours of one-on-one business mentoring and networking opportunities, all with flexible delivery options.

Contact Jo on 07 3367 0833 or jo.chiu@skillsalliance.com.au 


PLA Conference

The theme Parks and Leisure in a Changing World  reflects how quickly things can change and how we need to develop resilience, flexibility, an evidence base and a great sense of humour. QORF staff presentations on Get Lifelong Ready and Recreational Asset Auditing. Still time to book a place - go to Online Registration 


Little Big Dash

26 July 2015
Seventh Brigade Park, Chermside

If you want to be a part of the Expo villager please contact  David Martin, 02 4349 6074, or


Coomba Falls 

The Coomba Falls near Maidenwell featured in both photo and film entries in this year's Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp.

Watch both My Ode to Summer and Coomba to Coast on QORFTV, QORF's YouTube channel


Coomba Falls Clifftop by Campbell Depper is our Wallpaper this month


Outdoor-tober Seed Funding

Do you need financial support to
get your Outdoor-tober outdoor projects off the ground? Maybe we can help!


An essential resource from IMBA for anyone planning a bike park project. Now available at the QORF Shop


Young Adventurer

Young Adventurer

In 2015, one lucky young Queenslander (or group) will be selected to receive the QORF Young Adventurer of the Year scholarship to help make their adventure dream a reality and ‘live life outdoors’.

QLD Outdoor Rec Awards

Outdoor Recreation Awards

Nominations for the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards will be opening soon. Now is the time to start thinking about suitable individuals, clubs, organisations or programs! 


Climbing on Sunshine

A collection of short films that show off some of Queensland’s most popular rock climbing destinations.
BUY your copy today. 

Premiere of this exciting new film on June 26. 




New Green Circle Members

Welcome aboard to Cooee Consultants and The Highgate Group. Go to the Membership 
section to become a QORF Green Circle Member today


Green Circle Members

Please remember to only use the new Green Circle Members logo on your websites and in other applications. Email industry@qorf.org.au for a copy.


What's On

The online calendar of What's On Activities, Events, Workshops & Training

If you have an event, public training opportunity, open day, adventure race, workshop or conference coming up in 2015, submit the details and we will help promote it.


Jobs Available

Several new jobs are listed on our Jobs Available page in the Industry / Jobs & Careers section

If you have jobs to fill, gear to sell, links to share, events to promote or information to pass on, send us an email with all the details and we'll put it up online.


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