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People's Choice

Announcing the Winners!

The People’s Choice voting to decide the winners of the 2015 ‘Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp’ closed on the 10th March and we are pleased to announce the winners, runners up and a few deserving of special mention.

Of special mention too are the competition partners; SEQ Catchments, Paddy Pallin Fortitude Valley and QORF. Their enthusiastic and continued support ensures the competition retains vitality and purpose.

Film Comp

The joint winners of the Open Film category were Trial and Error by Lachlan Ryan & Janine Jungfels and Pages Pinnacle by Nathan McNeill. 

Second place goes to My Ode to Summer by Hannah Depper and 'Evolution of the Trials Rider' by Barry Morris deserves a special mention.

The joint winners of the Youth Film category were Evolve by Emmet Ford and Coomba To Coast by Campbell Depper.

Photo Comp

The joint winners of the Open Photo category were Above the Treetops by Tara Davidson and Under the Galaxy by Ellen Foulds, with special mentions to Lachlan Gardner for evocative bushwalking images, Christian Botella for outstanding water based shots and Peta Newcombe for ‘Paradise’.

The winner of the Youth Photo category was Coomba Falls Clifftop by Campbell Depper. Shakeah Hough’s lovely wildlife shots and Rory O'Chee’s ‘The Gorge’ both deserve a special mention.

All the winning images and films can be seen on the People's Choice 2015 Winners page.

Our congratulations to all the winners and runners up – you have created wonderful images that capture the spirit and theme of the competition – Live Life Outdoors. Many of these images will be seen on the QORF website and used to help promote outdoor recreation and protection of our green spaces.


EO's Report

Dear all,
I would like to start by welcoming some old and new faces to the QORF Management Committee after the recent AGM. Greg Dunk from Life Stream Australia joins the committee and brings a wealth of experience from the disability services sector. Long serving member Ian Heath from Scouts Queensland has returned for another 2 year stint as has Allana Bold from Rosco Canoes & Kayaks. A huge thank you to retiring committee member, Steve MacDonald who did not stand for re-election. The executive make-up continues unchanged from 2014 with Andrew Boyle QORF President, Dave Hills Vice President, Allana Bold Secretary and Ian Heath continues as stand-in Treasurer. 

On that note we are looking for a person with accounting skills to join the QORF Management Committee to take on the Treasurer’s role. In recent years this person has been co-opted onto the committee for 1 year so they can be from any QORF member organisation and do not need to follow the usual nomination process. If you are interested or if you know someone that would be interested please let me know.     

As you can see from this bumper edition of the newsletter there is a lot happening in the QORF world. We all get far too many emails so we are committed to keeping unwanted emails out of your inboxes. What you will find, moving forward, is a greater use of the QORF Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts plus regular updates on the QORF website.


To keep abreast of everything happening please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter & Instagram and regularly visit the website for the latest news and events. I do need to say a huge thank you to Mark for making all this happen.

I do also want to congratulate Bushwalking Queensland  for their launch of the peak bushwalking season last weekend. For those of you that did not make it you missed out on possibly the best chocolate cake I have tasted. Looking forward to seeing lots more people on the trails over the coming months.

Have a great Easter break and stay safe in the outdoors. The camper trailer is loaded and ready to go in the garage so let’s hope the weather holds off. If you are Instagram’ing or Tweeting photos of the great outdoors don’t forget to add the hashtag #qorf.            

Yours in the outdoors!
Murray Stewart

Kids Outdoors

On the weekend of June 26 - 28 QORF and Nature Play Queensland are partnering with the Australian Camps Association in hosting a 3 day event to look at what the future may look like 15 years from now ...

  • How can the things kids do outdoors have a lasting impression?
  • What services will be available to enable kids to get outdoors?
  • What will traditional school camp look like in the years to come?
  • What we can we be doing now to ensure a bright and vibrant future?

Kids Outdoors 2030
Date: June 26 – 28 (put it in your diary now!)
Venue: Queensland Recreation Centre Gold Coast
Registration: Opening soon!

We are looking for Expressions of Interest from potential presenters and trade display exhibitorsIf you are interested in presenting or exhibiting at the conference please email the Conference Coordinators 
or call 07 3369 9455


PLA Conference

The theme Parks and Leisure in a Changing World is aimed at reflecting how quickly things can change around us and how we all need to develop resilience, flexibility, adaptability, an evidence base and a great sense of humour.

Go to Online Registration to book.


Get Lifelong Ready

Equipping our recreation and sport industry with practical information to engage, or re-engage, adults in physical activity, QORF invites 
outdoor recreation and sport stakeholders along to join the Stakeholder Consultation 


Outdoor Recreation Forum

Date: 23rd April
Venue: Boulder Creek Holiday Centre

Are you a Horse Rider, Mountain Biker, Bushwalker, Trail Runner, Outdoor Educator, Kayaker, Trail Biker, 4wd’er, Quad Rider, Tour Operator or Land Manager? Do you love to spend time in the outdoors? 
YES? ... then you need to come along!

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news from QORF and the wider outdoor recreation community.


Trail Construction 

Research to examine the issues surrounding unauthorised trail construction in Australia.

The purpose is to explore the reasons for unauthorised trail construction and how to develop more mountain biking trails whilst maintaining conservation values. The findings of the research will be made available to mountain biking organisations, land managers and the participants who complete the survey. The online survey will take ten minutes to complete. A consent process and further information about the survey can be found in the link.  Dr Rob Hales from Griffith University invites you to participate in the survey. Contact Rob for further info at r.hales@griffith.edu.au.



The QORF Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, 12th March 2015. The Annual Report was accepted in its entirety and new Management Committee members confirmed. The Committee members are:  Andrew Boyle, Coefficient (President); Dave Hills, Canoeing QLD (Vice President); Allana Bold, Rosco Canoes & Kayaks (Secretary); Ian Heath, Scouts Queensland (Treasurer); Michelle Cordon, Triathlon QLD; Greg Dunk, Life Stream and Angela Wright, Redland City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge retiring members: Bronwyn Wearne, Hillbrook Anglican School and Steve MacDonald, for their time and commitment.


Outdoor-tober Seed Funding

Do you need financial support to help get your Outdoor-tober outdoor projects off the ground?

QORF invites you to apply for seed funding to develop your new OUTDOOR event or program that encourages people to get outdoors and active in Outdoor-tober. So, if you are thinking of a new event (or have something that is still building)



 AND you are running this in October, then apply for some financial support to help the process along.


Young Adventurer

In 2015, one lucky young Queenslander (or group) will be selected to receive the QORF Young Adventurer of the Year scholarship to help make their adventure dream a reality and ‘live life outdoors’


Outdoor Recreation Awards

Nominations for the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards will be opening soon - time to start thinking about suitable individuals, clubs, organisations or programs! 


Climbing on Sunshine

Order your copy of Climbing on Sunshine today. A collection of short films that show off some of Queensland’s most popular rock climbing destinations.


New Green Circle Members

Kinetic Software - camp and venue management solutions. Welcome aboard! Go to the Membership 
section to become a QORF Green Circle Member today


Green Circle Members

Please note: a reminder to only use the new Green Circle Members logo on your websites and in other applications. Email industry@qorf.org.au for a copy


What's On

The online calendar of What's On Activities, Events, Workshops & Training.

If you have an event, public training opportunity, open day, adventure race, workshop or conference coming up in 2015 - submit the details & we will help promote it.


Jobs Available

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


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