QORF eNews May 2016

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Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp

Congratulations to the winners of the
2016 Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Competition

Best Photo: Mt Barney Sunset by Lachlan Gardiner
Youth Photo: Surf Action by Joel Tudehope
Best Film: Scratch the Surface by Diana Doreian & Stephanie McIntyre
Youth Film: Unplugged by Amber Grant

People's Choice Open Photo: First Light Exercise by Ellen Foulds (above)
Youth Photo: Boy Fishing With His Dog by Shakeah Hough
Best Film: Unplugged by Amber Grant

Check out all the winners HERE - we will be featuring these images and films on our website and social media over the coming weeks. 

EO's Report

The EO Report

Looks like a busy day ahead!
Dom Courtney, QORF EO

Hi all,

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' (Martin Luther King Jr)


QORF has been asking questions about what we do for others, what we should do, and what value is placed on QORF activities by our members. We've released a summary of our Outdoor Sector Survey for your information. Please have a read, and let us know if you have anything to add.

Report Highlights

Please contact us if we can assist. 
Yours in the great outdoors, 

Outdoor Recreation Symposium

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

Outdoor Sector Survey 2016

In early 2016, QORF undertook a survey of its members, to help us better understand the needs and assist the Queensland outdoor community. A summary of the results is now available.
Survey Summary


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.

Rob Simson

QORF Life Members

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

There have been five Life Members in our 20 year history. Over the next five months, we will profile one QORF Life Member in each eNewsletter. 

First up is Rob Simson, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Thursday 26th May 2016. Congratulations Rob.


Nature Conservation Legislation

On 10 May 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed new legislation that returns the primary focus of the national park system to the conservation of nature. QORF contributed, ensuring that access for appropriate outdoor recreation and outdoor education opportunities would be retained ...

The National Park Experience

Why national parks should be valued, told through the lens of children. 
Town planners and psychologists had been exploring the potential benefits of making natural spaces freely available to children to play and explore for decades.
READ the FULL STORY  for a child’s view on the National Park Experience.
Source: NPAQ


Coaching Course Success

After only five months, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) has accredited their 100th coach after the completion of the Level 0 Skills Coach Course in Canberra. The program, which is part of the National Accredited Coaching Scheme, is the 15th course to have been run across Australia since January 2016.

Vitamin N Challenge

Find out what a dose of Nature can do for you and your family!
Despite a growing awareness of the need for greater connections with nature, many of the barriers between people and nature remain ... ref. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv.     READ MORE


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

Nature Play QLD recently launched a new app designed for parents/carers of children 0 – 3 years old, the important formative years of a child’s life. GROW with Nature Play is a practical play app featuring things-to-do, tips, and hints about how and why playing in nature can benefit your baby. The app which is available on both the iTunes and Google app stores allows parents to plan age appropriate play lists that can help 'GROW' their children.


AAAS Update

QORF and the other state outdoor bodies are working together to develop a new set of Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS). Queensland is well represented with Peter McKenna and Phil Harrison on the Common Content Working Group, and Gavin Dale from Bushwalking QLD part of the bushwalking working group. Draft versions of the new AAAS will be available for comment and feedback before final publishing.


Shaping SEQ

Be part of the solution!
The Queensland Government is currently reviewing the South East Queensland regional plan, and is calling for ideas to ensure the plan reflects the values and needs of the community. By ensuring that the outdoor sector’s voice is heard in this process, we can encourage the government to preserve the good things and address issues that affect outdoor recreation and outdoor education.


QFSR Skills Alliance is Skilling Queenslanders for Work!

QFSR Skills Alliance is currently delivering a number of Community Work Skills Projects across Queensland including the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Rockhampton/Yeppoon.  These projects involve groups of 15 trainees undertaking paid work and formal training through a Certificate I in Construction traineeship.  QFSR Skills Alliance trainees are working on refurbishing sport and recreation club facilities, local council facilities, parks and recreation spaces, and vegetation management. MORE INFORMATION


Skills IQ

Skills IQ is a new organisation formed to replace the recently closed Service Skills Australia and other skills councils which will work to support training package development for Sport, Fitness and Recreation, Tourism, Travel and Hospitality and others. READ MORE



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 connect with the outdoors?

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

Great Aussie Camp Out

October 8, 2016 registrations are OPEN: http://tiny.cc/GACO_Rego, and CLICK to get your GACO Poster today!

Brand Awareness Survey

To assist Scouts Queensland understand what people know about Scouts. Go to Survey



World Environment Day on June 5
Other events coming up: also on June 5 is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, on June 11 the National Day of Real Play celebrates kids play time, on June 15, Do Something Day encourages volunteering and on June 19 there is the Ross River Rush Trail Run.


New on the QORF Website

The QORF website is constantly being updated and added to. Recent additions include: a page on Conservation issues, a celebration of QORF's Life Members, information on Adventure Based Learning and a page of links to Member Surveys - how we find out what it is that you want or need!

We have also added a quick and easy way for you to share stories, resources and more with us ... simply go to the (I WANT TO...) SUBMIT page and follow the prompts!

One Million Stars

Become a ‪#‎starweaver‬. Support the One Million Stars to End Violence Campaign by weaving stars and sending them to the Office of the Commonwealth Games.

One Million Stars

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.

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: Camp CoobyGreen Frog Adventures, Hover Creative Studio and Michael Johns.

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.


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