QORF eNews February 2016
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QORF Climbing Network

Early in March we are hosting the second meeting of the QORF Climbing Forum, an opportunity for rock climbers throughout Queensland to discuss the issues, opportunities and ways forward so that rock climbing remains a viable outdoor activity. The climbing image above was an entry in the 2015 Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp 2016 - thank you to photographer  Nathan McNeil for 'Tibrogargan Multipitch 2'


EO's Report

Hello all,

QORF is well and truly off and running for 2016. Our AGM will be on Thursday 10th March, which is fast approaching. Thank you to those who nominated for management committee positions for the coming year. We will be hosting an Outdoor Recreation Forum at Sports House, Milton, immediately before the AGM – don’t forget to RSVP for both the forum and the AGM.

The Nature Play QLD team is engaging with our communities in a big way in the next few weeks, with our Reviving Neighbourhood Nature Play events in Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane from 14th to 18th March, and the Sustainability in Action Outback Bus Tour over the Easter long weekend.

QORF is assisting the Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland (OEAQ) in relation to the 2016 National Outdoor Educators Conference (NOEC), which will be held at University of the Sunshine Coast from 29th March to 1st April. 


Dom Courtney, QORF EO

All of these events will provide opportunities to focus on the wonderful benefits that the outdoors can provide for communities. For more information, check the relevant webpages.

Good luck to all candidates who are running for the local government election on Saturday 19th March – may they remember that outdoor recreation is a key part of healthy, connected communities, and that local councils play a major role in activating the outdoors.

QORF is your federation - if we can be of assistance, please contact us.

Yours in the great outdoors, 


Visioning the Outdoors

Visioning the Outdoors OPEN

Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp is now OPEN

We are proud to announce the Ray's Outdoors has joined with us in bringing the Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Comp to you in 2016. Have you entered yet?
Not a photographer or filmmaker yourself - simply pass on the info to others: 


NOEC 2016

Register NOW for the 2016 National Outdoor Education Conference

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

NOEC 2016 logo

Program and abstracts now online!


Reviving Neighbourhood Nature Play

Childhood is evolving, however the greatest shift has been away from an outdoor childhood. We need to have a serious conversation around what we can do to revive neighbourhood play for our children.


Join us for sessions being held at Cairns, Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  



Rock Climbing 

The next QORF Rock Climbing Forum will be held at Sports House, 150 Caxton St, Milton, on Thursday 3rd March 2016, 5.30pm for a 6pm start. RSVP to eo@qorf.org.au or industry@qorf.org.au by 1 March. 


Australian AAS

Work is well underway on the common content and first drafts are expected by April 2016. The first Australian Adventure Activity Standard to be addressed is the popular bushwalking.



Black Diamond Voluntary Recall of Carabiners and Quickdraws 


NPQLD Play List

NPQLD Playlist

Check out all the "Thank you for being part of the journey" and other NPQLD video material on QORFTV


Social Media

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,
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.


Coming Events


We have Parks Week from March 5, the QORF Outdoor Recreation Forum followed by the QORF AGM on March 10 and the National Outdoor Educators Conference starting March 29.


Use a QORF hashtag (#QORF) with your Instagram photos
and they will be displayed on our homepage


New on the QORF Website

The QORF website is constantly being updated and added to. Recent additions include: an update to DISCOVER,  Disability Inclusion, Seniors Outdoors & Trip Intentions.

New apps have been added to Apps for Outdoors:  Footpath Route Planner & NewRoute (Navigation) and Bugle (First Aid & Safety)


Web Surfing

Two websites we have recently 
discovered that are worth a look:

Trip Intentions
Let someone know before you go

Trail Hiking
What's your destination?


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

Blue Peter, the Sea School are looking for sailing instructors

If you have a job to fill, send us an email with all the details and we'll put it online.


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.


Member Opportunities

If you have jobs to fill, gear to sell, links 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, TouchPoint One, Outer Limits, & Darren Edwards


On Life and Leadership

Are you tired of feeling drained? 
As Managers and Leaders in Outdoor Recreation we often put a huge amount of time and energy into others. Whether it be your groups you are leading on program, your workplace team or your voluntary commitments. Often we leave ourselves to last, leaving our energy bucket depleted and drained. Does this sound familiar? If so, I have a few little ideas that will spark your energy. READ MORE

Courtesy Rebecca Fox, Exceeding Expectations


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