QORF eNews October 2015
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Award Winners 2015

The winners of Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards were announced on Friday October 30th at Riverlife Brisbane. It was a great evening full of good food, interesting conversation, pleasant  music and the chance to see some inspiring folk acknowledged for the great work they do in the outdoors in Queensland (see below).


EO's Report

Outdoor-tober is finished for another year, and we now seem to be on the slippery slope towards 2016. 

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2015 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards. Thank you to those who nominated the very worthy finalists for these awards. Thanks to those who attended a terrific evening at a beautiful venue and my thanks also to the sponsors of the evening – Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, K2 Basecamp, Riverlife Brisbane and Nature Play QLD.

As you will see below, the winners of the 2015 awards came from across the state and represented a wide range of outdoor recreation pursuits - from blue-water sailing, cycling, outdoor education and a forest school, scouting and PCYC, adventure racing, mountain biking, through to off-road motorcycling. We also had a local government winner and a state government winner in one category.

As you might expect, a massive amount of work goes into our awards evening, and it was very pleasing to see our guests enjoying themselves. My deepest thanks to the QORF staff, particularly Mark Squires and Nicole Martin, who ensured that the evening went so well. Also, thanks to the QORF Management Committee who handled the difficult task of judging the awards with aplomb. As our Master of Ceremonies, Murray Stewart showed that he may or may not have a career in stand-up comedy.

While wary of singling out award recipients, it would be remiss of me not to highlight Donna Little’s public recognition as a Life Member of QORF on Friday evening – an honour which was approved at the QORF AGM in March 2015. This ceremony wasn’t a secret or a surprise, but it represented a very special moment for our organisation.



Dom Courtney, QORF EO

Life Membership is the highest honour that QORF can bestow, and is conferred upon individuals who have rendered distinguished service to QORF and / or to the wider recreation community in Queensland. The QORF Constitution explicitly states that “Life Members will be held in the highest esteem”, which certainly applies to Donna. She joins the select group of Life Members of QORF – previous life members are Dave Batt, Kathy Kingsford, Brian Kross and Rob Simson. Please join me in congratulating Donna on her admission to this group.

You are no doubt aware of people and organisations doing wonderful things in outdoor recreation in our state - please consider submitting a nomination or nominations for the 2016 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards.

While 2015 is slipping away, there is still plenty going on. QORF will be hosting a rock-climbing forum on Friday 27th November, at which we are hoping to start a discussion on the current or emerging issues for rock-climbing in Queensland. 

Good luck to those of you who might have a punt on the Melbourne Cup. My only tip is to follow the advice of the annoying man on the adverts who continually interrupts to tell us, “Most importantly, gamble responsibly....”



Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards

Our heartfelt congratulations to the winners  ...

  • The Queensland Government Award for Encouraging Participation in Outdoor Recreation: Cycling Brisbane
  • The K2 Basecamp Encouragement Award: Jemima Michell
  • The Riverlife Award for Excellence in Outdoor Instruction and Education: PCYC State Youth Leadership Program
  • The Brisbane City Council Outstanding Achievement Award (Organisation): South Passage
  • The Queensland Government Environmental Award: Healthy Waterways
  • The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Event Award: Grin ‘n’ Bear It Challenge
  • The QORF Government Achievement Award: Ipswich City Council & Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
  • The Queensland Government Outstanding Achievement Award (Individual): Damien Boicos
  • The Nature Play QLD Award: Natureweavers
  • The QORF Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces: Queensland Moto Park

In acknowledgement of her passion, commitment and dedication to outdoor recreation, and her ongoing support of QORF, Donna Little was made a Life Member of QORF joining a select group of long time QORF supporters.

As CEO of QORF, Donna was tireless in her pursuit of opportunities to increase participation in outdoor recreation for all Queenslanders.


The Achievers Award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of the consistent winners of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards since their inception in 2002. In 2015 we are proud to present this award to Motorcycling Queensland in recognition of the fine work they have done to further the opportunities for trail bike recreation in the outdoors.

Thank you to all the award sponsors for their ongoing support: The Queensland Government, Brisbane City CouncilK2 BasecampRiverlife Brisbane and Nature Play QLD.


Rock Climbing Forum

Join us for an opportunity to review the current state of play for climbing in Queensland, to discuss the issues and to create a vision for the future.

Friday, November 27
10am - 2pm
Sports House, Milton


Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2015–2020: Draft for consultation

The draft Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2015–2020 provides the framework for building a thriving ecotourism industry and delivering new ecotourism experiences in Queensland's spectacular national and marine parks and other natural areas.

The plan outlines the government's commitment to foster ecotourism opportunities that support the sustainable growth of the ecotourism industry, provide a positive contribution back to Queensland's natural environment, culture and community, and strengthen the Queensland economy through partnership the tourism industry, traditional owners, conservation and research sectors and the community.

Your feedback on the plan will help inform the future of ecotourism in this state.  Submissions close at 5pm, Friday 20 November 2015.


Wall Planner

Let us help keep track of your time!

The 2016 Wall Planner is now ready. If you want help to manage the day to day - simply go the Wall Planner 
page and fill in the order form.

Wallplanner 2016

The next edition of the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education has now been published. If you would like a copy please place an order on the OCA Website


Office Manager

As Nicole, our Office Manager, has decided to move north and pursue a new career on the Sunshine Coast, QORF is looking for a new Office Manager. If you are interested you can find more info about the role on the JOBS AVAILABLE page.



First Aid

Leaders Wilderness 
Advanced First Aid
Jan 9 - 15, Mt Barney Lodge

The course extensively covers response and treatment relating to wilderness first aid situations within South East Queensland


To book a spot on this course contact Wilderness First Aid Australia on 03 9005 7172 or email



Australia’s peak outdoor bodies have welcomed a commitment by State and Territory Sport & Recreation Ministers to fund the creation of the first set of national adventure activity standards for the industry ... outdoor industry peak bodies will develop the Australian Adventure Activity Standards to help improve safety in outdoor experiences.


10 Commandments

Whilst there are plenty of ideas for having an effective and healthy volunteer program, Volunteering Queensland has put together a list of 10 they consider imperative for a truly successful program that is adaptable to most community organisations.

  1. Thou shall have clear role descriptions for volunteers
  2. Thou shall have all the ...

NOEC 2016

Register NOW for the 2016 National Outdoor Education 

Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) is pleased to announce that bookings for NOEC 2016 are now OPEN

NOEC 2016 logo

Visit the new OEA website for all the details and to register


Getting Outside is
Good for You

So why exactly does hanging out in nature make us so happy? Turns out, it’s not just our adoration for foliage that leaves us feeling Zen—being outside can actually offer relief for everything from depression to negativity.
Here, a few more reasons to take an extra-long lunch today, or a walk after dinner ...



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. 


Annual Report

It has been a very busy and successful year for QORF's Nature Play QLD program - how successful? Read the Annual Report

Bike Parks

Bike Parks

New book from IMBA, an exciting era of bike park development is underway. Modern bike parks are designed to appeal to every skill level and ride type.


Infrastructure Fund from QT

Funding to build new tourism infrastructure, which will boost Queensland visitor numbers.


Apps for Outdoors

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


Looking for somewhere to hang out for the summer?

Check out the Get Outdoors in Australia! app page - and get outdoors! It really is better outdoors!



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.


Coming Events

Adventure Therapy Tx

We have the Adventure Therapy Training Nov 16/17; a PLA End of year – Industry Event on Dec 4 and the Australian Mountain Bike Summit on Dec 7/8.


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

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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