QORF eNews June 2016

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Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp

Visioning the Outdoors Youth Photo Winner: Surf Action by Joel Tudehope

A busy month for outdoor related activities in Queensland 
despite the colder weather!

EO's Report

The EO Report

Mark Squires, Partnerships Manager

With Dom on leave this month I have been charged with providing an overview of what has been going on in June. 

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.  (Alan Lakein) 


This quote from Alan Lakein is particularly relevant to us all in Australia this week. What the country decides this weekend will undoubtedly have an effect on our environment, our lifestyle, our education and our industry. So, as you enter the polling booth on Saturday, I urge you to think hard on who will represent you and your interests best, and who will make changes that will positively influence the direction of outdoor recreation in Queensland.

Report Highlights

  • GROW with Nature Play
  • Redlands Track Park opening
  • Forest Learning workshop
  • Awards and the forthcoming Symposium

Please contact us if we can assist. 
Cheers Mark 

Outdoor Recreation Symposium

Set aside Friday 28 October for the bi-annual QORF-hosted Outdoor Recreation Symposium to be held in conjunction with the annual Outdoor Recreation Awards. More detail to follow soon.

Healthy Waterways and Catchments

A new era for the management of South East Queensland’s land and waterways has been formally announced, with the official formation of Healthy Waterways and Catchments. 


The annual Outdoor Recreation Awards are now open for nominations. The Awards have been updated so please read the Awards Criteria page carefully before selecting the appropriate award for your nominee.

Kathy Kingsford

QORF Life Members

Life Membership is the highest honour QORF can bestow, and Life Members are held in the highest esteem.

There have been five Life Members in our 20 year history. This month we feature Kathy Kingsford, who was the QORF Executive Officer from March 1999 to May 2008.



The call is out for women and girls to Join the Movement. Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, has launched the Queensland Government’s new Join the Movement campaign urging women and girls across the state to become active and healthier for life.
READ MORE on Women & Girls in the Outdoors

Shaping SEQ

Be part of the solution!
The South East Queensland regional plan is under review, and is calling for ideas to ensure the plan reflects the values and needs of the community. By getting involved, we can encourage the government to support outdoor recreation and outdoor education.


Surfing Australia and Soldier On Partner Up

Surfing Australia and Soldier On are proud to announce an official partnership that will see veterans benefit from a unique surfing and rehabilitation experience through the Soldier On Surf Therapy Program.

Australia’s Least Famous
World Champion

She has been named the international 2015 Female Mountain Bike Cyclist of the Year and can jump her bike over vans and logs, yet Janine Jungfels is quite possibly Australia’s least known world champion.


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!

GROW with Nature Play
  • Development
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Confidence
  • Curiosity
  • and Family Bonds

GROW with Nature Play

New update now available for iPhone and Android
The new GROW with Nature Play app was a great success at the recent Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo and is building quite a following with sales going well here in Australia and overseas - even in Russia!

If you already use the app please help us out by going on to your app store, rate the app and write a review on things you like or suggestions for improvement.


QORF Green Circle Member Survey

In order for QORF to best represent our members and the outdoor sector in general, and to add weight to our position when we advocate on your behalf, we need to know how many people we connect with. QORF Green Circle Members are being surveyed right now, and this info in conjunction with our social media stats should give us a good picture of our level of influence. Want to be heard? Become a QORF Green Circle Member.


Outdoor Recreation Forums

The annual QORF run Outdoor Recreation Forums (ORF) are on again in 2016. The first date to be confirmed is August 17 in Cairns. We are currently looking at venues and dates for Central Queensland, Toowoomba and the South East. The ORF's are a good way to keep up with the latest news from QORF and the wider outdoor recreation community in your area.



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, follow 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.

"How do you Live Life Outdoors?

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


The Mt Barney Bushcraft & Survival Introduction Camp starts on July 4, the Walkabout Creek Trails Race is on Sunday July 10, The Kokoda Challenge – Gold Coast is on July 16 and National Tree Day is celebrated on July 31st.


New on the QORF Website

The QORF website is constantly being updated. Recent additions include: All at Sea, a page for boating enthusiasts; Women & Girls in the OutdoorsRock Climbing for keen climbers; On the Road, games you can play in the car; and Promo Clips, a selection of our monthly 30 sec video clips.

Want to share your stories, resources and more with us ... simply go to the (I WANT TO...) SUBMIT page and follow the prompts!

Apps for Outdoors

Newly added: the new app from NPRSR, information on locations, news and events of activities in your area; GROW with Nature Play; outdoor activities including mountain biking, boating, paddling and climbing; and the new BOM mobile weather site.

Apps for Outdoors

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 The Outdoor Education Consultants and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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: Hover Creative Studio, My Sun Protection and student Kiana Zeppa.

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


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