QORF eNews September 2016

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October - It's busy month!

Outdoor-tober all month with two QORF supported events: Queensland Walks' Walk at Work and Pinnacle Sports' Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival, the Great Aussie Camp Out on the 8th, the QORF hosted symposium "Outdoors Queensland - Strengthening Connections" and the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards Dinner on October 28th.

Outdoors Queensland - Strengthening Connections

Join us for a day of discussion and practical tools to engage people at different stages of their lives to be active participants in outdoor activities and experiences.

When: Friday October 28 (same day as the Awards)
Where: Rydges South Bank, Brisbane

Why Should You Come?

To learn how …

  • To encourage people to participate across their lifespan 
  • To understand the evolving needs, capacities, interests and challenges of participants
  • To gain insight, knowledge and tools to help people ‘Live Life Outdoors’.
  • To develop targeted programming to better connect people with the outdoors

Presentations include:

The benefits of engaging young children and families through play outdoors
Dr Sue Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, University of New England

#GetLifelongReady – Engaging adults in outdoor recreation
Dr Alana Thomson, Thomson Management Group / QORF

Communicating value in a world of irrationality.
Sibel Korhaliller, Communications and Marketing Manager at Alzheimer’s Australia 


Other sessions will cover:

  • Things that are working: snapshots of organisations and spaces that are enabling participation across the different stages;
  • Communicating across the social demographic divides;
  • Action: how to go from ideas, to intentions, to implementation.

EO's Report

The EO Report

Dom Courtney, Executive Officer

“The wise [person] is one who, knows, what he [or she] does not know” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

This year, we have provided Outdoor-tober seed funding for 2 first time events.

Do you know what you don’t know? Do you want to share what you do know? Join us at your Outdoors Queensland – Strengthening Connections symposium for a day of known unknowns ...

Do you want to know who won the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards for 2016? The best way is to come to the awards evening ...

Yours in Outdoor-tober 

The Awards Dinner

The award winners will be announced at the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards Dinner held at the Rydges South Bank Brisbane on Friday October 28th. 

Guest Speaker
Carlo Tonini, aspiring member of The Seven Continents Marathon Club, creator of the Worlds Biggest Dinner and passionate supporter of Cure Cancer Australia.


Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards
The Finalists

The decision to select an award winner is never easy and even more so when faced with the exceptional quality of nominations this year. Congratulations to all the finalists in the 2016 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards.


Australian Adventure Activity Standards

The core standards containing all of the common content for all the Australian AAS has been released for public comment and is now closed. 
Download the core standards consultation draft 

Donna Little

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 Donna Little who has been interested in nature conservation and outdoor recreation since childhood.


Wall Planner 2017


Planning is underway for the 2017 Wall Planner. For advertising rates please go to and/or contact QORF by EMAIL or call: 07 3369 9455. Note returning advertisers get a 10% discount.

Comm. Games Trail Legacy

Dirt Art trail builder Simon French says the construction of new trails in the Nerang National Park for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will leave a legacy for local riders. READ MORE

New No Smoking Laws

From 1 February 2017, smoking restrictions will apply to Queensland’s national parks - smoking is prohibited within 10 metres of most visitor facilities. READ MORE

Sport Climbing

Road to Tokyo for Sport Climbers

The journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has begun for some of Australia’s best sports climbers as they’ve hit the walls at the 2016 World Championships in Paris.  READ MORE


Physical Activity in Early Childhood

Physical activity in early childhood is associated with better physical health... But it may be important for children’s brains and social skills too. 


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!


Connect with us

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?


October is upon us! and Outdoor-tober is underway! What are your plans? What new events or activities will you be trying this year? Share your stories and photos with us!  Simply go to the I WANT TO SUBMIT page and share!

Walk at Work Week

Walk at Work Weekan initiative of Queensland Walks, celebrates and encourages walking in and around the workplace.
An Outdoor-tober Seed Funded Event

Passchendaele V1 Bouldering Festival

The Passchendaele Bouldering Festival is the first of it’s kind to be hosted in the iconic ‘Granite Belt’ region of Southern Queensland.
An Outdoor-tober Seed Funded Event


Coming Events

Walk to Work on the 7th, Ride2Work on the 12th, the Wild Women Adventure Race on the 15th, Barefoot Beginnings from the 10th & 12th, the Forest School Leader Training course 24-28th. Outdoor-tober concludes with the Strengthening Connections Symposium and the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards Dinner.


The Atherton BikeFest is on the 22nd.

Atherton BikeFest

New on the Website

The QORF website is constantly being updated. A recent addition this month is a link to the Nature Play QLD events.

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

We are planning on increasing the stock our shop carries - suggest books, DVD's and other resources by emailing:
Shop Suggestions

New Books

Two new books have been added to the Shop this month: Serious Fun by Mark Collard and The Living Rock by Dr Michael Meadows.

The Shop

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

Looking for a job and want to let people know - promote yourself on Jobs Wanted

Member Opportunities

If you have jobs to fill, gear to sell, links & eNewsletters 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: Seaforth Pines, Queensland Walks and Barefoot Nature Play.

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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