Life Membership is the highest honour that Outdoors Queensland can bestow and Life Members will be held in the highest esteem.
The Outdoors Queensland Board may from time to time recommend to a General Meeting of members that the organisation confer life membership upon individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the organisation and/or to the wider outdoors community in Queensland. (Outdoors Queensland Constitution)
Celebrating 20 years of Outdoors Queensland
Six Life Members have been conferred in our 20 year history since Outdoors Queensland (QORF) was formed in 1996.
“Over my life I have become passionate about outdoor recreation and the management of indigenous protected areas”
John Wood has spent 50 years serving the parks and leisure industry in a variety of roles as a government officer, university lecturer, consultant and community volunteer. He has earned national and international respect for his expertise in natural area management, parks, recreation, tourism, open space planning in urban and rural areas, world heritage areas, national parks and wilderness areas. John passed away on 17 September 2021 in Brisbane.
Conferred 30 April 2015
“Every now and then, I really do just have to immerse myself in deep nature, not just dance around the edges”
Donna Little spent her childhood swimming, camping along the Eastern seaboard and fossicking in the Queensland Outback. A trained teacher, the experience of leading at a US Summer Camp inspired her to facilitate outdoor opportunities for others. Years spent in academia in the fields of sport, outdoor recreation, education and tourism brought her in contact with QORF in its early days and saw her become the organisation’s CEO from 2008 to 2013
“I’m still active in the outdoors though day and multi-day bushwalks; occasional road cycling and mountain biking; canoeing, flat, sea and white-water paddling; camping, body surfing and bird watching.”
Dave Batt grew up playing in the outdoors sparking an interest in landscapes, nature conservation and outdoor recreation. These interests led to an Associate Diploma in Wilderness Reserves and Wildlife; 13+ years working for QPWS; and 18 years in various Queensland Government departments for Sport and Recreation, Forestry and Regional Planning.
“When looking back on QORF at that time I think the value it provided was the promotion of outdoor activity with control and standards around leadership ansd safety.”
Brian Kross joined the Seventh Day Adventist’s Pathfinders Club at a young age and it soon became a way of life. Brian, at 78, is close to celebrating fifty years as a club and later district director of the organisation.
“Venerate the natural landscape and show this love of the natural world to others. I did my thesis on Landscape Aesthetics – it was first study I know of that addressed the issue of the value of landscapes as a resource – not just for recreation but for scenic aspects”
Rob Simson was a pioneer of Outdoor Education in Queensland: introducing environmental studies into the curriculum; leading school excursions to Carnarvon Gorge; establishling the Outdoor Education Centre at Maroon Dam (MOEC), forming the Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland and developing orienteering in Australia. Rob passed away on 15 July 2018 in Brisbane.
“To reach individuals and families involved in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism independently, in addition to the current client base of organisations, clubs and their members.”
Kathy Kingsford who was QORF Executive Officer from March 1999 to May 2008, has recently retired from a position with Sport and Recreation Services, Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.