QORF eNews November 2015
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Storm Season - weather links

Storm season is upon us! Summers in Queensland can be beautiful - long balmy days on the beach and in the bush. They can also be very challenging. Storms, lightning strikes, gale force winds, trees down, flooding, roads closed ... with these conditions expected now is the time to prepare. At home - is your house ready? Do you have your local SES number handy? And for those heading outdoors - are you ready? What contingency plans do you have in place? What if things go terribly pear shaped? Check out the QORF WEATHER page for useful resources.   
(Photo: Mark Calleja)


EO's Report

Welcome to summer 2015/16.

While the school year is drawing to a close (or already ended for some) and the summer holiday period is rapidly approaching, some parts of the outdoor world will enjoy a well-earned break, but others will be busily preparing for their busiest time of the year.

Without wanting to get too political, our world leaders are currently gathering in Paris for (another) summit on climate change. Our hearts have gone out to Paris and France in light of the recent terror attacks, and it is wonderful to see important people still gathering in Paris to tackle such an important issue. Hopefully, meaningful consensus will be reached on action on that front – if not, one wonders how future generations will manage to enjoy the outdoors (SPF 200+, perhaps?).

Plenty of the Queensland summer focus will be on water-based activities, whether that be at the ocean, beach, lake, dam, river, creek or maybe a little known waterhole somewhere. Over 80% of our State is currently in drought, which makes water-based recreation seem like a luxury at times, however it can also provide a much needed break from our heat. Recent storms have brought welcome downpours to parts of the state, but it has not been drought-breaking rain. 


Dom Courtney, QORF EO

We should keep in mind the very resilient people who are doing it tough throughout the state – a donation to one of the worthy drought-relief charities might be a good Christmas gift for someone in your life who already has everything.

The QORF office will be closed from Friday 18th December 2015; reopening on Monday 4th January 2016. I will have the mobile phone with me, so will be able to assist with anything urgent - phone reception may be patchy while my wife and I are camping with friends at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), but I will check for messages periodically.

Thanks to those of you whose work over this peak period will allow the rest of us to enjoy our breaks (especially the good folk looking after the campers at Minjerribah) - here’s to summer adventures!


Xmas Closing Dates
The QORF Office will be closed from Friday 18th December and reopen on Monday 4th January.


Rock Climbing Forum

The first QORF initiated Rock Climbing Forum was held on Friday November 27. Vigorous discussion led to a number of good ideas and the potential for a new direction for climbing in QLD. Want to keep informed? Join the new Facebook QORF Rock Climbing group



The first set of Australian Adventure Activity standards for the outdoor sector, Stage 1 is all the common elements, the features that appear in all the AAAS. First new standard will be on Bushwalking. Sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date.


Getting Kids into National Parks

Whether the idea of taking your children out into nature fills you with a sense of excited anticipation or nervous dread, one thing is certain – children benefit from contact with nature. For tips on how download the new Getting Kids into National Parks from NPAQ


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


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


The Dignity of Risk

Dignity of Risk

The Dignity of Risk acknowledges that life experiences come with risk, and that we must support people in experiencing success and failure throughout their lives.


Daisy Hill Action Plan

Daisy Hill

Help Mick de Brenni, MP for Springwood, improve Daisy Hill State Forest for mountain bikers, horse riders, conservationists and trail walkers alike.


Recalls & Warnings

Companion COMP243  and Adventuridge 41480 camping stoves  are being recalled - risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning if not used correctly. STOP using the product immediately. Call Companion Brands on 1300 555 197 for more info.




New Subscriptions & Updates
Why Knot - how to tie knots, string games, lashings, paracord projects
Bushloreoz - fire starting, navigation, survival, bush camps
Roadie Rob - learn to ride, mountain bike skills



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

World Wetlands Day

We have the Australian Mountain Bike Summit on Dec 7/8, a Leaders Wilderness First Aid course from Jan 7 and World Wetlands Day on Feb 2


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 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

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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