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Kids Outdoors 2030

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 for camping and kids in the outdoors 15 years from now. We have an exciting line up of keynotes and speakers, trade displays, an excellent venue and the Gala Evening will be something special!


Norm Hunter

Educational Leadership


Rachael Sharman

Child and Adolescent Development


Judith Locke

The Challenge of
Building Resilience


REGISTRATION is now OPEN! Save now with an Early Bird Special 

Date: June 26 – 28 (put it in your diary now!)
enue: Queensland Recreation Centre Gold Coast

There are still some spaces left in the Trade Display zone - email kidsoutdoors2030@qorf.org.au if you are interested


EO's Report

Dear all,
Great news to start the newsletter with - the Statewide Outdoor Recreation Framework is back and underway. QORF and the Queensland Government departments have all been working hard to finalise the project plans that fit under each of the commitments. Watch the QORF and NPSR website for updates and projects start to hit the ground.

In late 2014 and early 2015 QORF with support of the State Wide Mountain Bike Regional Solution and Advocacy Working Group finalised the Developing Mountain Biking in Queensland: Regional Solutions proposal. This document looks at a selection of shovel ready, regionally significant trail development priorities in Queensland. We will be presenting the document back to the wider community at the upcoming forum on May 12 (see below for more details). A huge thank you to Donna Little from Way To Be for developing this document.

The QORF and Australian Camps Association offices have been very busy developing a great program for the Kids Outdoors 2030 conference on the Gold Coast. As you can see we have specifically sourced hands on presenters that have deliver real world outcomes. 


Even the usual “boring” conference dinner has been replaced with a night at the beautiful Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which will have hands on animal encounters. With 3 specific but related strands there will be interest from camps and commercial operators, instructors and group leaders, teachers and school principals, day care and outside school hours care providers. The early bird rate is still available so jump on to the conference website sooner rather than later.       

For those of you in the State's South East hope you stay dry and fingers crossed this weather does not eventuate into anything nasty. For those of you in the west hope this rain makes it out to you and for the rest up north we know you will be living life outdoors with your sunny 30 degree days!         

Yours in the outdoors!
Murray Stewart


Mountain Bike Forum

Tuesday 12th May
09:30 am - 12:30 pm

Rob Hales from Griffith University will talk about his research into illegal trails. Meet Shane Coppin from Mountain Bike Australia and learn about the future strategy for MTBA. Hear about the regional solutions proposal for mountain biking in Queensland. Plus regional updates and initiatives.


Springwood Bowls Club
100 Cinderella Drive, Springwood

Please RSVP by 11th May 2015 to info@qorf.org.au 
or call 07 3369 9455


ChildSafe Training


In this day and age, providing a safe environment for children at outdoor recreation and activity venues is of paramount importance.

The Christian Venues Association and ChildSafe are providing training in Brisbane on the 26th May.



PLA Conference

The theme Parks and Leisure in a Changing World  reflects how quickly things can change and how we need to develop resilience, flexibility, an evidence base and a great sense of humour. QORF staff presentations on Get Lifelong Ready and Recreational Asset Auditing

Go to Online Registration to book.


New Apps for Outdoors

Weatherzone - Australia’s most accurate weather forecasts whenever and wherever you are.

This Is Queensland - Helping you discover more of Queensland’s wonderful destinations 

Mobile Apps - A useful collection from the Queensland Government


Subsidised Training 

QFSR Skills Alliance subsidised training in Certificate IV in Small Business Management is now available on weekends and one-to-one!

The cost to participants will be $395 (which is tax deductible) and includes five workshops, two hours of one-on-one business mentoring and networking opportunities, all with flexible delivery options.

Contact Jo on 07 3367 0833 or jo.chiu@skillsalliance.com.au 


Little Big Dash

26 July 2015
Seventh Brigade Park

Sanitarium is offering QORF members and outdoor recreation providers spaces in their Expo Village. 


With 3,000 participants expected to take part, it will be a good way to gain added exposure and publicity. 

For more information:

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

Spaces are also available at the TRYathlon events in Townsville, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

See try.weetbix.com.au for details.


51 Things To Do Before You're 12 Challenge


Share your Nature Play story to WIN an adventure pack!

Three families will each win the following prize:

Riverlife Family Kayaking adventure pass + hiking-quality modern 
backpack & beanie (Lowe-Alpine) + small and ultra-powerful headlamp (Princeton Tech Byte) 


Outdoor-tober Seed Funding

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


An essential resource from IMBA for anyone planning a bike park project, coming soon to the QORF Shop


Young Adventurer

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’.

QLD Outdoor Rec Awards

Outdoor Recreation Awards

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


Climbing on Sunshine

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

Premiere of this exciting new film on June 26. 




New Green Circle Members

Welcome aboard to Bike Linx, Support Crew and the Whitsunday Diving Academy! Go to the Membership section to become a QORF Green Circle Member today


Green Circle Members

Please remember 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 and 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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