QORF eNews December 2015
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Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp

Happy New Year. 2016 is well underway and promises to bring many challenges, a few changes, lots of hard work, good times outdoors and success in many forms!

Above image is one of the first entries in for the Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp 2016 - thank you to photographer, Shakeah Hough, for 'Taking a Break'


EO's Report

Happy New Year!

I’m pleased to say that I started 2016 in a very enjoyable outdoorsy manner - camping at Cylinder Beach at Minjerribah (Straddie) for a few days. It was a good reminder for me of how very fortunate we are to have such wonderful opportunities in Queensland.

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for QORF. 1996 was a year of change – in addition to the foundation of QORF, Rob Borbidge succeeded Wayne Goss as Premier of Queensland, John Howard took over from Paul Keating as Australia’s Prime Minister, and a new-fangled thing called the “internet” expanded from one million computers to the unimaginable figure of ten million connected machines. In 1996, the Spice Girls had their first No.1 hit song, and with varying levels of success, people were “doing the Macarena”…

Without wanting to comment on the political happenings or offend the Spice Girls’ legion of fans, the establishment of QORF obviously stands out as the high point of the year. 


Dom Courtney, QORF EO

Within QORF’s on-going mission to raise the profile, develop capacity and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation across Queensland, we are looking at options to appropriately celebrate this milestone for QORF – if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

The QORF AGM will be held on Wednesday 9th March, which is fast approaching. If you want to play a greater role within the outdoor sector, a position on the QORF Management Committee may be for you - at least give it some thought. If you are interested, perhaps speak to current members of the committee.

I hope that 2016 is a terrific year for all. If there is anything the QORF team can do to help, please let us know.

Yours in the great outdoors, 


Visioning the Outdoors

Visioning the Outdoors OPEN

Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp is now OPEN

Some great images are being entered in this year's competition. With cash prizes and the opportunity for your images/films to make a difference on how we see, understand and relate to outdoor recreation in Queensland, it makes sense to enter NOW. Not a photographer or filmmaker - simply pass on the info to others: http://www.visioningtheoutdoors.com.au


Local Government Elections

As QORF will be endeavouring to influence candidates for the upcoming local government elections, to be held across Queensland on 19 March 2016, we'd like to remind you this is the time to EMAIL us with your concerns, questions and positive experiences in your region - things that are going well and need to be maintained going forward.

On behalf of our members, QORF will advocate on the various issues affecting the provision of outdoor recreation in Queensland. To represent you in the best way possible we need your input and your feedback on your most pressing matters.


Reviving Neighbourhood Nature Play

Childhood is evolving, however the greatest shift has been away from an outdoor childhood. We need to have a serious conversation around what we can do to revive neighbourhood play for our children.


Join us for sessions being held at Cairns, Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  



NOEC 2016

Register NOW for the 2016 National Outdoor Education Conference

Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

NOEC 2016 logo

GO See Oz

Go See Oz

Go See Oz has been updated for 2016. Great resources for Aussie caravan owners, campers and travellers.


NPQLD Play List

NPQLD Playlist

Check out all the "Thank you for being part of the journey" and other NPQLD video material on QORFTV


Social Media

With the ever increasing importance 
of social media as a marketing tool and way of keeping in touch, QORF is developing a solid social media presence. We encourage you to like us on Facebook,
us on Twitter
 to us on YouTube, follow us on Instagram 
and follow us on LinkedIn.

LIKE, FOLLOW and SUBSCRIBE to us and we will reciprocate!! A good way for us all to keep in touch and improve our effectiveness.


Coming Events

Snowies MTN Bike Festival

We have World Wetlands Day on Feb 2, the Snowies MTN Bike Festival from Feb 12 and Parks Week from March 5


Use a QORF hashtag (#QORF) with your Instagram photos
and they will be displayed on our homepage


New QORF Staff Members

Welcome aboard to Hubertien Wichers, QORF's new Office Manager and Anya Perkins, the Community Development & Resource Coordinator for Nature Play QLD

Anya & Hubertien

Anya Perkins & Hubertien Wichers


Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland

In store now: a guidebook of shorter, easier, more accessible family-friendly bushwalks in South East Queensland by Gillian Duncan and Mark Roberts.

Family Bushwalks


What's On

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

If you have an event, public training opportunity, open day, adventure race, workshop or conference coming up in 2016, submit the details and we will help promote it.



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 online.


Go to the Membership section to become a QORF Green Circle Member today. New member pages will be acknowledged here, on the QORF home page and on Facebook.

Caldera Dynamic

Caldera Dynamic

Welcome aboard to new QORF Green Circle Member, Caldera Dynamic, who specialise in challenge ropes courses, height safety anchor testing and more.


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