QORF eNews September 2015
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Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards

Join QORF and all the successful award nominees at Riverlife Brisbane for the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards on Friday October 30 


EO's Report

Hi all, and thank you to all who have made me feel welcome in my first few weeks as Executive Officer of Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation.

QORF primarily exists to help people, by raising the profile, developing the capacity, and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation in Queensland.

Dom Courtney, new QORF EO

QORF’s staff members are a dedicated group of people who work hard to make a difference to our community, and I thank all of the QORF staff for their assistance, especially while I have been getting started in the role.

I want to acknowledge the work of my predecessor, Murray Stewart. In addition to his work for QORF for the last few years, Murray has found significant time to hand-over details of projects and to try to make my transition into the EO role as seamless as possible. Although Murray has taken on the awesome role of CEO of Rowing Qld, Murray has agreed to continue his relationship with QORF as Treasurer of our Management Committee.

I am looking forward to meeting all QORF members and other stakeholders who contribute to the wonderful world of outdoor recreation in Queensland and beyond – questions for the non-members are:
1. Why aren’t you a member of QORF?
2. What could/should QORF do to attract new members?

Please let us know what you think via whatever means suits you.


Opportunities to have your say on relevant issues in the near future include:

1. Draft Australian Standard – Artificial Climbing Structures (Flying Foxes and Challenge Ropes Courses) – consultation direct to Standards Australia closes on Thursday 8 October

2. The Active Recreation Consultation Survey from Sport and Recreation Services - survey closes 5pm, Thursday 15 October

3. Development of Australian Adventure Activity Standards.

There is more information elsewhere in this newsletter on the Sport & Rec survey. Information on the Australian Adventure Activity Standards will be released shortly. QORF will provide updates, and we will advise once drafts of the new national standards are released for public consultation.

Please find time to make your voice heard – you might save hours in the future, if you take a few minutes to contribute now.

If you need some inspiration for outdoor activities, you can always visit the Discover section of the QORF website. There is no shortage of things to do - it is just a matter of choosing, and then getting out and doing it. Remember to take your cameras - if you snap a few good pics, maybe enter QORF’s Visioning the Outdoors photo comp next year.

Finally, the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards evening is on Friday 30 October – we received terrific nominations for the awards, so get your bookings in now to join us in celebrating another year of living life outdoors.




Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards

Bookings are OPEN 

Come along and join us for a 'cocktail party' styled event on the banks of the Brisbane River on Friday October 30. Riverlife Brisbane is a lovely spot to share a drink, enjoy some great food, get together with like-minded folk from the outdoor sector and, most importantly, acknowledge all the Award winners and finalists.

The Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards recognise and reward excellence in the outdoor recreation community. The Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have been successful in significantly improving outdoor recreation outcomes for participants and clients.

Thank you to all the award sponsors for their ongoing support: The Queensland Government, the Brisbane City Council, K2 Basecamp, Riverlife Brisbane and Nature Play QLD.


Gone for Shore

NEW guidebook in the SHOP
From a sea kayak, Tim Trehearn has captured a view not often seen of this precious, world-famous region – a window to paradise. 
This book would suit sea kayakers of all ability levels, or anyone curious to see this special region through the eyes of a sea kayaker.



Interested? Email Jeanette.


Advertising spaces are now available on the QORF Wallplanner. It's a great way to put your services in front of your audience - people who are interested in outdoor recreation.

Reduced rates for QORF Green Circle Members. We can even design your ad for you too!



From time to time the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing conducts surveys in order to develop a better understanding of the industry and to assist in policy development if needed.

QORF is pleased to assist the Department in circulating this survey. Please complete the Active Recreation Consultation Survey by 5pm, Thursday 15 October 2015.


NOEC 2016

Call for Presenters / Papers at the National Outdoor Education Conference 2016 being held at the University of the Sunshine Coast, March 29 - April 1, 2016 



Did you know we have an Outdoor Gear section on the QORF website? We invite all gear freaks, retailers, distributors and most importantly users to send us reviews of their favourite bits of gear. 


Risky Play

New research shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience. 

Children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health.



Queenslander Janine Junfgels has emerged victorious to be crowned Observed Trials World Champion at the MTB and Trials World Championships in Andorra earlier this month. The result is Australia’s first Observed Trials World Championship title, and our second ever after Jungfels also finished third last year.


Outdoor Rec in the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee will decide on a proposal from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to include five new sports in the Olympic Programme. Among the suggestions are skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing, reflecting the desire of the Olympics to reconnect with youth and changing activity.

Spring, the time to get outdoors with your camera!
Think: Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Competition



DMM Locking Carabiners sold between 18th May 2014 - 11th September 2015 may be faulty. A failure of the carabiner to close or lock completely poses a potential fall hazard, which may cause serious injury to the user.


QORF in the '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, subscribe 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.


Apps for Outdoors

Did you know that the QORF website has a section for mobile phone apps - Apps for Outdoors?


Outdoor Ed
APPBag of Tricks

Icebreakers, program themes, readings, initiatives, solo, campfire and fun games, conundrums, canoe games, Aboriginal learnings, gear lists, debriefs, fire safety and more.


Don't forget to sign up for GACO and Outdoor-tober


Seed Funding

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


Get Outdoors in October

Get Outdoor-tober!


Coming Events

Atherton Bike Fest

We have the Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO) on the 11th, the Atherton BikeFest is on the 17/18th, the Moreton Bay Boat Club's Discover Sailing day is on the 25th, and QORF's Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards on October 30.


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


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 2015-16, 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 up online.


New Green Circle Members

Welcome aboard The Outdoor Education Consultants!

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.


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


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