QORF eNews April 2016

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Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp

Nothing more to say really - there are some great images and films just waiting for your vote. Go to http://www.visioningtheoutdoors.com/peoples-choice and vote today. Voting closes on May 20 and winners will be announced on May 28.

EO's Report

The EO Report

Dom Courtney, QORF EO

Hi all,

“The earth has music for those who listen.” (Reginald Vincent Holmes)

This quote seems particularly pertinent for modern Australia. (also attributed to William Shakespeare by Google…)

We constantly hear about how busy our society has become. There seems to be a never ending competition to collect as many things or experiences as can be squeezed into one lifetime.  To re-connect with the earth’s music, we don’t necessarily need to leave society behind (although that can help).

We can all go outdoors, just in our neighbourhoods, and allow ourselves time to breathe and listen.

When did you last listen to the music of the earth? Our sector is ideally placed to be able to “make time” during our busy days (and nights) to do this and reap the personal rewards. We can introduce others to the magic of the outdoors and see first-hand what a difference this connection can make. Voting is now open for People’s Choice for the Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp – prepare to be inspired as you check out the entries submitted by some very talented people.

Thanks to those who found the time to complete QORF’s recent sector survey. The survey information you provided will assist in our mission to provide meaningful services to Queensland’s outdoor sector – and will hopefully allow even more ears to be opened to the music of the outdoors.

Please contact the QORF team if we can be of assistance
Yours in the great outdoors, 

Outdoor Recreation Symposium

Set aside October 27 - 29 for the bi annual QORF hosted Outdoor Recreation Symposium held in conjunction with the annual Outdoor Recreation Awards, Friday October 28.

Boating Facilities Survey

Increasingly across QLD, the demand for new and improved boating facilities continues to rise. Fill out the survey and help the Government prioritise funding for infrastructure projects.
Enter the SURVEY


The NEWS section has more on what is happening in the outdoors in QLD and beyond, and we use News Flash on the Home page to alert you to the most urgent, the most important and the most recent!


Skateboarding is good for you

- and good for public spaces too!
Having people out and about not only adds to a community’s social vibrancy but also contributes to safety by having more “eyes on the street”. And while it might not to be to everyone’s taste, skateboarding can contribute to a place’s ambience.

COTA’s Federal Election Panel

The federal election looks like it will be soon and we want to make sure the issues affecting older people are front and centre for all political parties.
COTA is establishing a panel of interested older people to give feedback on policies and issues that matter to you.



October might seem like a long way off but Outdoor-tober will be here before you know it! What are your plans? What new events or activities will you be trying this year? Can we help Seed Fund this NEW event or activity? 


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.

Keep an eye out for our new 30 sec video clips - little bursts of interest and excitement on the outdoors.

See the first "How do you live your life outdoors?" right now!

"How do you live your life outdoors? (Pages)

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

World Orienteering Day


Other events coming up: on May 6 you can learn to Facilitate Games & Activities That Heal, on May 9 National Volunteer Week starts, on May 13 adults can go on a Mind, Body & Soul adventure camp and on May 15 there is a Parkour training day in Brisbane.


New on the QORF Website

The QORF website is constantly being updated and added to. Recent additions include: a selection of A3 Posters you can download, an ABC radio interview with EO Dom Courtney, a new research section on Cycling and more fun things for kids to do in the outdoors.

Have you noticed the new I WANT TO ... item in the top menu - a quick way for you to get to the most common tasks!

Great Aussie Camp Out

Registrations are now open: http://tiny.cc/GACO_Rego, and get your 2016 GACO Poster today!

GACO Poster

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

New positions available at Marrapatta, Ironbark and Camp Kokoda.

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.


Member Opportunities

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

New Members

Welcome aboard to new QORF Green Circle Members: Adrenalin Climbing Gym, Guanaba Experience and St James Lutheran College.


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