One of our most important functions is to develop and/or support submissions to government on issues of significance to the outdoor sector. (Most recent additions at the top)
Outdoors Queensland has made a submission to the 2024-25 Queensland Budget process. (November 17, 2023)
- Outdoors Queensland calls for funding to be allocated to the review of the Australian Adventure Activity Standard and Good Practice Guides, which provides Queensland outdoor organisations with guidance on responsible delivery of outdoor activities.
- Outdoors Queensland calls for additional funding to be allocated to fund programs dedicated to outdoor activities, rather than the traditional model of having combined recreation and sport funding programs – this would address the inherent difficulties involved in comparing relative merits of projects that address quite different needs for our communities and would acknowledge the complexity in these systems.
Outdoors Queensland has made an online submission on the Proposed Changes to the Fossicking Act consultation managed by the Department of Resources. (November 17, 2023)
Fossicking is a legitimate outdoor activity which generates significant economic and social value for Queensland through visitation to regional Queensland.
Although the question is phrased as a proposed amendment to “coordinate” fossicking permissions, the proposal would effectively restrict the places fossicking can occur in Queensland, since it may be difficult or impossible for fossickers to obtain approval from a mining lease applicant before fossicking on the land. This would either force fossicking underground (so to speak) or prevent fossicking from occurring in areas where large parcels of land may be subject to mining applications from multiple applicants.
The stated vision of Resources is “We will be an influential economic department that advocates in the public interest.” This proposed change appears to support business (mining companies), at the expense of the public interest (fossickers and the communities that benefit from fossicking and fossicking-related tourism).
Outdoors Queensland does not see potential public benefit to communities in preventing fossicking on land where a mining application has been lodged.
Outdoors Queensland is the peak body for outdoor activities in Queensland. We represent outdoor organisations and individuals in Queensland, consisting of a range or outdoor industry stakeholders, covering the five broad pillars of outdoor activities – outdoor recreation, outdoor education, outdoor health and outdoor tourism. We believe that all people should have opportunities to connect with Queensland’s outdoors. This proposed change could preclude people from engaging in a legitimate outdoor activity on land because an application has been lodged, even if that application is never approved.
- Section 4 of the Draft Nerang Area Management Plan lists the key values for the Nerang Area as lowland rainforest, Coombabah Lake wetland area, open forests and woodlands, and mountain bike riding experience. Outdoors Queensland is pleased to see that the mountain bike riding experience is included as a key value of this location. Outdoors Queensland is concerned that some of the strategic management directions identified in the Draft Nerang Area Management Plan will negatively impact the key value of mountain bike riding experience in the Nerang Area.
- We acknowledge that one of the strategic management directions included in section 5.5 Visitor Management is to “Maintain visitor safety on the mountain bike trails by sustaining relationships with trail maintenance groups and volunteers.” Outdoors Queensland supports this direction, noting that successful positive relationships require shared understanding of the wants/needs of the parties involved. We believe that leadership by a responsible organisation like the local mountain bike club is a key factor in preventing future unauthorised track construction.
Outdoors Queensland has put in the attached submission to the draft ShapingSEQ 2023 Update (https://shapingseq.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au). We have acknowledged the positive intentions of the update and have made several suggestions for improvements.
Outdoors Queensland is pleased to note that “significant greenspace/parks and recreation areas” are included in the proposed framework for high amenity areas, which is incorporated into Element 1 – Efficient land use of the Grow goal. In encouraging “gentle density”, it is important to consider the increasing demands and pressure this increasing population will have on outdoor spaces, even if the increase is “gentle”. We suggest that gentle density should be accompanied by programs of expansion of connected, accessible green/blue spaces.
The Live goal refers a “A region of great places” and “active, safe, green, comfortable and accessible places…”. Outdoors Queensland broadly supports this approach, however we note that our communities also need access to places that allow us to feel a little unsafe and slightly uncomfortable, such as so-called “wild” spaces.
Outdoors Queensland has put in the attached submission to the review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)
The Queensland (and Australian) outdoor industry is made up of workers who deliver products and services relating to outdoor activities. Our outdoor industry is comprised of four broad sub-sectors:
• outdoor recreation,
• adventure/nature-based tourism,
• outdoor/environmental education, and
• outdoor health.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to HumanAbility Jobs and Skills Council. Outdoors Queensland looks forward to working with HumanAbility regarding the workforce needs of the recreation (and sport) industry.
Outdoors Queensland is the peak body representing outdoor recreation organisations and individuals in Queensland. The group has collaborated with HumanAbility to address the needs of Queensland’s outdoor industry workforce.
Outdoors Queensland identified issues that need to be addressed, including remuneration, the promotion of career pathways, and increased training opportunities. The group emphasised the importance of keeping up with broader societal expectations that are changing the way the outdoor industry operates.
Stakeholders believe that the “new” Outdoor Leadership Package is an improvement, but there is a disconnect between industry experts who develop/review training packages and the true education experience for students and educators.
Overall, it was suggested that cross-fertilisation from different education settings could provide various education providers with good practice training methods and training package implementation and delivery to students.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to the Attorney-General’s Department of the Australian Government on the proposed changes outlined in the Privacy Act Review Report
Outdoors Queensland supports many of the proposed changes outlined in the Privacy Act Review Report. However, we have concerns regarding unintended consequences associated with the removal of the Small Business Exemption set out in Proposal 6.1 and 6.2.
The vast majority of outdoor organisations in Queensland (and across Australia) are small businesses.
On page 52, the Privacy Act Review Report states that “The Issues Paper sought feedback on whether the current scope of the Act strikes the right balance between protecting the privacy rights of individuals and imposing unnecessary regulation on small business.”
We submit that removal of the small business exemption will impose unnecessary regulation, and for that reason this exemption should not be removed from the Privacy Act.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to the Independent Review Panel Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Legislation at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts on the Review of Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Legislation Phase 2 – Costs and Charging Arrangements
Outdoors Queensland is pleased to make a submission to the Review of Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Legislation and costs and charging arrangements that is currently underway. We understand that the purpose of this review is to consider whether Australia’s legal framework for the safety of domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) is fit for purpose, whether the framework is being delivered efficiently and
effectively, and options for future funding arrangements for the National System.
We have serious concerns regarding the potential imposition of fees or levies for commercial outdoor operators, especially in relation to paddlecraft. Many outdoor operators who conduct commercial activities already have effective safety management systems. It is difficult to understand how being required to pay fees to the Federal government for a kayak or canoe will enhance the safety culture of an organisation or improve the safe operation of the paddlecraft in question.
We are concerned about the scope of the imposition of any proposed fees or levies, and the potential impacts that could have on organisations who instruct clients on safe operation of various craft, with that instruction later applied when those people paddle their own recreational craft.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to Professor the Hon. Stephen Smith and Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) on the Australian Government Defence Strategic Review (October 2022)
Participation in outdoor activities necessarily requires access to land and water where those activities can take place. Recent years have seen a significant increase in participation in outdoor activities, which has led to increased pressure on areas like National Parks and Conservation Parks. All government agencies which control land-holdings need to consider appropriate access to that land for appropriate outdoor activities.
The Australian Department of Defence manages an estate which comprises significant land-holdings across Australia, including in Queensland. Much of this Defence managed land is not available for public access. We acknowledge that there may be operational reasons, including safety and security, for restricting public access to areas, however it is suggested that some properties are controlled by Defence to the exclusion of the public may be remnants of past decisions that should be reviewed.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to the City of Ipswich on the draft Natural Environment Strategy 2023 (September 2022)
Outdoors Queensland broadly supports the draft Natural Environment Strategy 2023 that has been released by City of Ipswich. Outdoors Queensland has completed the online survey, and is pleased to have an opportunity to provide more detailed feedback in this written submission.
Outdoors Queensland believes that allowing appropriate access for positive outdoor experiences is a crucial method of achieving improved community connections to natural areas. Positive outcomes can be significantly enhanced by providing accessible information in various ways for visitors to natural areas, whether the outdoor activities are undertaken as part of an organised group with an outdoor leader or independently by members of our communities.
Although the heading used in the draft strategy is “Sustainable nature-based recreation”, recreation is described in the draft document as a threat to the natural environment, with multiple negative consequences listed. It is suggested that in the interests of balance, the positive consequences of recreation should also be presented – improved health of communities, enhanced appreciation of natural environment, increased investment in conservation activities and land management practices.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to Healthy Land and Water regarding the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan (2009–2031) 2021/22 Update (January 2022)
The goals of Outdoors Queensland significantly align with those of Healthy Land and Water, and we support the objectives of The South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan (2009-2031) (SEQ NRM Plan (2009-2031)).
The SEQ NRM Plan (2009-2031) 2021/22 update acknowledges the need to assess how natural assets are doing against the targets set in 2009, and ask whether there are things that should be done differently in updating the plan. Outdoors Queensland supports this approach, and is pleased to provide this submission to this process on behalf of Queensland’s outdoor community.
Outdoors Queensland broadly supports the Consultation Outcomes stated at Section 5 of the SEQ NRM Plan (2009-2031) 2021/22 update document, and makes the following comments on this section:
- The theme of “Green space and recreation” is particularly significant to Outdoors Queensland, and we are pleased to support the stated priority of “Facilitate improved community connections to natural areas with the intent of increasing the communities’ understanding of the values of natural areas”.
- Outdoors Queensland believes that allowing appropriate access for positive outdoor experiences is a crucial method of achieving improved community connections to natural areas. Positive outcomes can be significantly enhanced by providing accessible information in a various ways for visitors to natural areas, whether the outdoor activities are undertaken as part of an organised group with an outdoor leader or independently by members of our communities.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to the Sport and Recreation Planner, Sport Leisure and Facilities, City of Logan regarding the Recreational Trails Strategy 2022-2032. (December 2021)
It is important that trails are provided for a range of outdoor activities in the new strategy. The 2010-2020 trails strategy provided a definition of “trail” for the purposes of that strategy. Outdoors Queensland notes that 2010-2020 strategy applied to non-motorised recreational uses, such as horse riding, walking, off-road cycling and paddling. Motorised recreational activities were excluded form that definition. It is suggested that if motorised recreational activities (such as trail bike riding and four wheel driving) are excluded from the scope of the 2022-2032 strategy, then consideration may be required for the development of a separate trails strategy for these activities.
In 2019, the Queensland government released the Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 strategy, with the stated vision of that strategy being that “Physical activity enriches the Queensland way of life.” Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 sets out a range of priorities that City of Logan could consider for inclusion in its new Recreational Trails Strategy.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to the Department of Resources on the proposed amendments to the Stock Route Management Regulation 2003 and associated legislation. (August, 2021)
Outdoors Queensland is pleased to note that the Discussion Paper acknowledges that
“While their primary use is as a resource for travelling stock, the roads and reserves also have environmental, recreational and cultural significance.”
Queensland’s stock route network is comprised of approximately 72,000 kilometres of roads, making it one of the largest trail networks in Australia. The recreational value of Queensland’s stock route network should not be underestimated. This network, with its connections to reserves for camping presents significant value to Queensland in a variety of different ways, including the following:
- Provision of places to be active outdoors improves health and wellbeing of Queenslanders, improving the physical, social and mental health of individuals, families and communities, and reducing burdens on the health system,
- Opportunities to capitalise on tourism benefits in rural and regional areas of Queensland, particularly as Queenslanders (and Australians) are holidaying locally due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,
- Opportunities to increase understanding of Indigenous and post-Colonial history and culture of large parts of Queensland, and
- Economic benefits associated with tourism opportunities and avoided health treatment costs.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to the Department of Environment and Science in support of and commenting on the Noosa Area Draft Management Plan (July, 2021)
Queensland’s Protected Area Estate plays a crucial role in the provision of space that is used for outdoor activities. We support the development of management plans for our State’s protected area estate, and we appreciate the opportunity to provide input into the draft management plan for the Noosa area.
We support the overall goal to protect a diverse range of native plant and animal species and natural communities, while allowing for continued recreational opportunities. It is pleasing to note the recognition of Noosa Headland as an iconic destination and one of Queensland’s most visited sites.
Outdoors Queensland supports the desired outcome and strategic management directions, particularly regarding appropriate visitor management
Outdoors Queensland supports the strategic management directions. However, it should be noted that restricting public access should be an option for consideration when required, not an immediate go to action, particularly if visitors to this area are to be managed to the exceptional level of service.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following to ACARA in support of the inclusion of outdoor activities and outdoor education within the Australian Curriculum. (July, 2021)
We support the overall goal to improve the Australian Curriculum by refining, realigning and decluttering the content so it focusses on the essential skills students should learn and is clearer for teachers on what they need to teach. Presenting the curriculum in a more user-friendly format and making the curriculum clearer should be welcomed.
We acknowledge the three dimensions of Australian Curriculum – learning areas, general capabilities, and cross curriculum priorities. We understand the approach taken is that learning areas have primacy, and the general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities are considered best taught and learnt through the learning areas.
The primary focus for Outdoors Queensland in this process is the inclusion of outdoor activities and outdoor education within the Australian Curriculum, and establishing where outdoor activities and outdoor education fit.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following in support of the development of a masterplan for the Birkdale Community Precinct. (May, 2021)
Outdoors Queensland supports the development of a masterplan for the Birkdale Community Precinct, and we appreciate the opportunity to provide input through the community survey, the visioning process and feedback on early “What’s Possible” concepts.
Outdoors Queensland supports sustainable and culturally appropriate use of the Birkdale Community Precinct for a wide range of recreational and community purposes. The survey lists a large number of possible uses and these are by and large supported.
Attention should be given to current supply of outdoor activities in the region. Current and future demand must be considered carefully when faced with decisions about duplicating such activities in the precinct, e.g. BMX, skate and ramp facilities and sports facilities.
We suggest that care should be taken when considering camping and overnight stays at this site. There may be demand for these facilities in the region, however significant onsite management must be considered to ensure that the camping experience is a positive offering which is not detrimental to the overall experience by the community.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following letter in support of the development of the new Natural Environment Policy by Ipswich City Council.
Outdoors Queensland supports the development of the new Natural Environment Policy by Ipswich City Council, and we appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft policy. We consider this policy as another step forward in ensuring that more people have opportunities to create connections with the outdoors.
Ipswich City Council can significantly contribute to positive outcomes for the natural environment in relation to both the natural areas owned/managed directly by Council and the influence exerted by Council on activities conducted in natural areas across the city.
Outdoors Queensland has submitted the following letter in support of the development of the Brisbane Off-Road Cycling (BORC) strategy
Outdoors Queensland supports the development of the Brisbane Off-Road Cycling (BORC) strategy, and we appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft BORC strategy.
The remit of Outdoors Queensland covers all outdoor activities. While the draft BORC strategy primarily addresses off-road cycling, it is pleasing to see that other outdoor activities are included within the scope of the strategy. We support the statement on page 4 that says “…[Brisbane City Council] must ensure our strategy meets the demand for recreation activities, such as off-road cycling, in a way that is sustainable and protects our city’s valuable natural areas.”
Outdoors Queensland has published the following position statement on the importance of the outdoors and outdoor recreation for the forthcoming 2020 Queensland State Elections.
Outdoor activities deliver significant benefits to Queensland: due to our State’s great outdoors, thousands of Queenslanders are employed and millions of Queenslanders are healthier.
Labor: Hon. Mick de Brenni
The Palaszczuk Government appreciates receiving your policy suggestions for the 2020 general election.
Your submission will be considered as polices are developed in the lead up to the election.
Following our swift, strong and effective response to the health challenges posed by COVID-19, the Palaszczuk government’s plan to accelerate economic recovery follows extensive consultation with business, industry, regional and community stakeholders.
The policy suggestions from business and industry groups and other peak bodies have been crucial in the development of the government’s plan that lays the foundation for our longer-term recovery, with a strong focus on partnerships, to deliver the best possible outcomes …
The Palaszczuk government looks forward to continued engagement with you and thanks you again for your considered policy suggestions.
2020 has brought many challenges for Queensland, and indeed the nation. COVID-19 has placed many Queenslanders under various forms of stress, and as a result we’ve seen a rise in mental health impacts, as recorded by various organisations. The importance of sport and being outdoors are both widely recognised for physical and mental health benefits, and consequently have been very important to many people this year, as they strive to deal with unprecedented pressures.
Outdoors Queensland has an important role to play in the continued development of outdoor spaces and activities for Queenslanders, and I wish you every success for your work. The LNP, in a Deb Frecklington LNP Government, would value your contributions and policy input.
Greens: Michael Berkman, MP Maiwar
The Greens strongly support expanding Queensland’s protected area estate including national parks, aiming for a total of 17% of the State. Queensland is well short of this international benchmark. I’ve been working alongside peak advocacy organisations to push the government to make the necessary investment to meet its own targets.
I was disappointed to see that the government’s recently announced Protected Area Strategy did not include measurable targets and fell short of the annual $135 million funding commitment which the Queensland Conservation Council and others have been pursuing.
As well as expanding the protected area estate, I strongly support improving accessibility in our national parks and making sure QPWS rangers have the resources they need to manage our natural assets.
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Outdoors Queensland recognises that being outdoors is good for people. The outdoors is great for well-being and can speed up healing. Nature can calm us down and increase creativity and productivity. Outdoor experiences connect people to their true selves, to others and to the natural environment.
Outdoors Queensland Strategic Plan: 2020-2022
QORF Input on the Naree Budjong Djara National Park Draft Management Plan
QORF (the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation) is pleased to provide input on the Naree Budjong Djara National Park Draft Management Plan, which includes the Naree Budjong Djara Conservation Park, Myora Conservation Park, Main Beach Conservation Park and Minjerribah Recreation Area.
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QORF Letter to Minister of Education re schools returning to camps & OE providers
Letter to Minister Grace Grace seeking assurance for Queensland outdoor education providers that once the industry COVID SAFE Plan for Outdoor Education Providers is approved by the Chief Health Officer, Queensland Department of Education schools will return to school camps and other outdoor education providers.
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Today, QORF & OEAQ joined together to write a submission to the QLD Education Minister regarding the return to participation in outdoor education programs for Queensland students. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been felt far and wide across our members and the outdoor industry as a whole. The submission today to the QLD Education Minister was in support of the Outdoor Council of Australia’s letter to the Commonwealth Minister for Education at the end of last week.
A snippet from our submission
“As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, Queensland students need outdoor activities and outdoor spaces for their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Students will need outdoor programs to assist them to process the impact that this time has had on their lives. The outdoors has always been an extraordinary space to discover strengths and that must continue. Outdoor programs will help students reconnect through shared experiences following significant periods of social and physical distancing from their peers.”
Outdoor Council of Australia letter to Minister of Education re. post COVID-19 return to outdoor education
As a key member of the OCA we support this approach to the Ministry of Education as a way to approach a return to post COVID-19 normality.
Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education
Dear Minister Tehan,
The Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA) is the National Peak body representing the interests of Outdoor Recreation across the country. OCA is reaching out for your support at this crucial time. Our sector supports outdoor educators, outdoor recreation facilities, school camp providers, community outdoor recreation bodies as well as outdoor therapy for those with special needs.
The Council is made up of each state’s representative peak body and individually they have reached out to their relevant education departments to encourage a swift return to enabling participation in outdoor recreation. The health and wellbeing benefits are well understood particularly for students and school communities. As our communities begin to re-engage in community sport and recreation, we are seeking your support to see a timely return to participation in school camps and outdoor recreation excursions. Today we ask you to consider backing us on this important message.
The effects of COVID-19 have been wide-reaching, and this has been a very trying time for many industries, people and family units. But what we do know is that the rebound to our health, both physical and mental, is incredibly important for the community, the health system and a resilience influencer to other challenges people may face in their day to day lives.
We believe an outdoor program will be more important than ever because students will need space and time to process the impact this time has had on their lives. The outdoors will be an even more extraordinary space to discover their strengths and help students reconnect through shared experiences post social distancing from their peers.
The data speaks volumes…
There is substantial research to confirm that outdoor programs positively impact young people’s self-perception of their own personal strengths, feelings, limitations, and the value they bring to a team. The collaboration often involved in outdoor activities, such as cycling, hiking, canoeing and climbing within a framework of safety and support brings people together and helps them to connect in a positive way.
Connecting people with nature-based outdoor activities is important for their health and well-being as the industry has been reported to save an estimated $480 Million per year on healthcare system costs in NSW, $208 Million in WA and $380 Million in VIC (Marsden and Jacobs, 2017).
In addition to the health benefits, camp-based recreation and education contributes a massive $16-20 billion to the Australian economy each year, $11 billion to Australian GDP. While this industry is currently trading at $0 in the National economy, we are hoping by working with you we can start to return this economic benefit back to all of Australia in an effective timeframe for regional communities to survive this epidemic.
We ask that you please support our messaging to the states in returning students to the outdoor education opportunities as soon as possible as it will positively impact their re-entry and will be well received by both students and teachers alike as curriculum needs are met and life-skills are being taught.
As the Australian recognized peak body for the outdoor ‘skill-building’ sector, we are here to help and guide you as a key stakeholder and partner in our industry.
A joint letter with Queensland Walks, Bicycle Qld, Nature Play QLD, QORF and the Heart Foundation regarding investment in active communities.
Attached is the letter sent to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, a version of which will go to all Queensland mayors and councillors.
Dear Lord Mayor,
We congratulate you on your recent election and we look forward to supporting you in developing more active, safe and connected communities. 1
During COVID-19, more people are choosing to be active every day in local neighbourhoods. The provision of footpaths and safe crossings, open space and access to roads in our neighbourhoods are ever more important. We call on you for your commitment to:
- Shovel-ready walking and cycling 2 projects. Increased budgets and commitment to delivering basic, safe and innovative walking infrastructure with construction and maintenance of: footpaths, safe pedestrian crossings and refuges, wider kerb ramps, signalised crossings with a shorter cycle and phasing to suit seniors, vision impaired, people with disabilities and children to safely cross the road
- Temporary street closures or shared zones to allow for people to safely walk and ride on local streets during COVID-19
- Slower designed streets and speed limit reduction for all people to walk and cycle safely
- Wider, connected and safe footpaths (which also allows for essential physical distancing)
- Better shading of all paths through tree planting and shading structures
- Local mixed used and multi-generational parks, playgrounds, nature play and green space that create community hubs and destinations within walking/cycling distance of homes
- Separated walking pathways from bicycles, e-bikes and e- scooters in high traffic or commuter routes
- Removal of slip lanes that cause unnecessary risk to walkers and riders, or an addition of zebra crossings until slip lanes have been removed
- Commitment to a local walking and cycling strategy, preferably integrated into an overall active transport and recreation strategy
- Liveable and active streets designed for all: children and our more vulnerable walking or wheeling residents.
- Investment in walking programs (10,000 Steps, Heart Foundation Walking, parkrun and local bushwalking groups) through local funding, resources and supportive infrastructure.
We know how important a safe and healthy community is to you. Walking and cycling facilities are one of the lowest cost services that you can provide to your residents to improve their health and wellbeing, generate better community cohesion and create benefits for local business.
Thank you for your interest in supporting active communities. We would be happy to talk to you about how you can support our organisations and the localised active travel and recreation of neighbourhoods for your local residents.
For any further queries, contact Anna Campbell, Executive Officer Queensland.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 728 670 on behalf of Queensland Walks, Bicycle Queensland and Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation.
QORF’s Comment on the review of the national EPBC Act
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.
Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Incorporated (QORF) is the peak body representing the interests of the outdoor sector in Queensland, incorporating
non-competitive outdoor recreation, outdoor sports, outdoor/environmental education activities, health and lifestyle improvement, adventure therapy, and
QORF is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation charged with representing a coalition of outdoor recreation groups to advocate on behalf of the outdoor
community. A key reason for establishing QORF in 1996 was to facilitate communication between different user groups and levels of government on outdoor
recreation related issues.
QORF values the opportunity for all people, of all abilities, all cultures and all ages to recreate outdoors.
QORF believes that the current EPBC Act should be strengthened to protect nature to prevent the destruction of habitat and the extinction of many species.
We believe that strong national environmental laws should allow for appropriate human activities in appropriate places at appropriate times, while protecting nature.
QORF supports the restrictions on public gatherings in this time to reduce the spread of the SARS Cov 2 virus. However, QORF is extremely concerned that during the current COVID-19 health emergency, opportunities for people to go outdoors may be removed and outdoor locations will be closed to the public.
Now more than ever, Queenslanders need outdoor activities and outdoor spaces for their physical and mental health and wellbeing. As the population is coming to terms with extreme uncertainty and anxiety the focus on mental health is paramount. Multiple research studies show that being in the outdoors is beneficial to people.
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We note that the vision stated in the North Queensland Regional Plan is that “North Queensland thrives as diverse, liveable and innovative tropical region, set around the emerging capital of northern Australia.”
QORF supports the four regional goals set out in the draft North Queensland Regional Plan:
- A leading economy in regional Australia
- A rich and healthy natural environment
- Liveable, sustainable and resilient communities that promote tropical living at its best
- A connected and efficient North Queensland
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Make your own submission here: https://haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/north-queensland (Closes Friday November 22, 2019)
QORF Submission to the The Victoria Park Vision
Brisbane’s biggest park in 50 years
QORF believes that the decision to turn Victoria Park into a world-class parkland is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the connection between Brisbane people and their sub-tropical environment.
Given the area available, the widest possible range of outdoor activities should be incorporated into the design of the parklands, from nature play spaces and outdoor classrooms, through to event spaces and connected pathway systems. The park could be promoted as a health-giving hub for all visitors through the provision of nature play, discovery and adventure, walking and nature rich experiences, fitness and challenge opportunities, places for improving mental and physical health, wellbeing tourism and maybe even growing healthy food. It is essential that Victoria Park be designed to be accessible and inclusive of the needs of all people.
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On Monday 1 April, Dom Courtney represented the outdoor sector at the Queensland parliamentary committee public hearing regarding the Health and Wellbeing Bill 2019. He spoke to the committee to emphasise that physical activities, including outdoor activities and the outdoor industry, needs to be part of the solutions for health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.
See what he had to say in this excerpt from the hearing on Parliament TV (2:16:30 through to 2:48:23)
QORF Submission to the Queensland Health and Wellbeing Bill 2019
QORF welcomes the introduction of the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Bill 2019
including the establishment a health promotion agency, to be known as Health and
Wellbeing Queensland (HWQ), as a statutory body contributing to the objectives of the Bill. HWQ has the potential to play a key role in the health and wellbeing of all
Outdoor recreation opportunities and locations provide Queenslanders with positive
quality of life choices, experiences and social connections. Outdoor recreation spaces and. activities connect people to place, self and others and enable communities to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.
As part of our Nature Play Queensland project, QORF has developed a series of evidencebased position statements entitled “Nature Play is Everybody’s Business‘. The position statements set out the linkages between children and health, infrastructure, education, environment and community.
The Nature Play Health Position Statement states that we believe a healthy world comes from a complete and balanced childhood incorporating outdoor free play. Similarly, a healthy Queensland comes from a balanced life incorporating outdoor activities. It calls for an alignment between nature play and health to strengthen children’s health and the health of their families, neighbourhoods and communities.
QORF Submission to the Queensland Walking Strategy 2019-2029
QORF is pleased to have been able to publicise the opportunities for people across the outdoor sector to contribute to the community consultation process involved in the Queensland Walking Strategy 2019-2029. We trust that many interested Queenslanders will have completed surveys and made submissions to this process to ensure that their voices are heard.
We note that “the Queensland Government is investing $2.5 million over the next 3 years to deliver a range of initiatives and actions identified as part of the Queensland Walking Strategy to improve the environment we walk in and the facilities we walk on”.
In recent months, QORF has been strongly involved in the development of another Queensland Government strategy, the Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2019–2029, which we understand is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2019. It is important that the Queensland Walking Strategy and the Queensland Sport and Recreation Strategy are in step with one another (pun intended). The Sport and Recreation Strategy will assist to shape the physical activity of all Queenslanders, while the Walking Strategy will deal with the physical activity that is undertaken most commonly by Queenslanders.
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QORF Submission to the Sport & Active Recreation Strategy 2019 -2021
Sport and active recreation provide opportunities to develop qualities of leadership, teamwork, effort and integrity in a fun and rewarding environment. The Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2019–2029 will set out a plan for future development to ensure all Queenslanders have the best access possible to active recreation opportunities.
The Queensland Government needs our help – our feedback – so they can invest wisely to get people physically active, now and for the future.
To better inform our submission on the Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2019–2029, QORF put out a simple 3 Question Survey to gather your your thoughts and ideas – the 3 key questions the Strategy is addressing and your answers have helped us craft our own submission to the Strategy.
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17 september, 2018
QORF is recognised as the peak body representing the interests of the outdoor recreation sector in Queensland, which incorporates nature-based recreation, outdoor education activities, adventure therapy, and adventure racing.
QORF (Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Incorporated) is a memberbased, not-for-profit association charged with representing a coalition of outdoor recreation groups to advocate on behalf of the outdoor community.
QORF would like to take this opportunity to thank Skills IQ for the comprehensive consultation process that has been carried out in relation to this review. QORF is pleased to have been able to publicise the opportunities for people across the outdoor sector to contribute to the community consultation process.
We also had representatives from Skills IQ speak at the Outdoors Queensland Symposium in Brisbane and Cairns on 12th and 14th September respectively. With Queensland Fitness Sport and Recreation Skills Alliance and Skills IQ, QORF cohosted a consultation forum in Brisbane on 13th September 2018. We note that a range of comments have been provided by many people through the web-portal on specific proposals in the draft Outdoor Recreation Training Package and during the consultation forums.
QORF appreciates the diversity of opinions, and encourages Skills IQ to consider those opinions in the context in which they have been provided. QORF appreciates the efforts that have been made by Skills IQ to deal with concerns that have been communicated regarding the current outdoor recreation units, including job role alignment, disparity in quality/competence of graduates, duplication of content across units, and the time since the previous review.
While there may be concerns regarding changes to the existing system, QORF believes that if some tweaks are made based on the consultation feedback and with a thorough implementation process, the new training package will better serve the outdoor industry in Queensland and across Australia.
QORF looks forward to further involvement in this project. QORF would be pleased to further publicise Draft 2 of the Outdoor Recreation Training Package when that is ready for public consultation.
April 26, 2018
QORF submitted input on AMSA’s Consultation on exposure draft of Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy legislative instruments, which includes new levies for unpowered class 4 hire-and-drive vessels (such as kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and small sailing vessels)
From the submission:
“QORF strongly objects to the proposed inclusion of unpowered class 4 hire-and-drive vessels in the levy scheme. QORF understands the need for government agencies to engage in cost recovery, however we question what evidence is available showing that business operators using these specific types of vessels are causing AMSA to incur costs.
We believe that including these craft in the levy scheme will have the effect of driving businesses away from the use of kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and small sailing vessels. This decision will cause some businesses to cease operations”
With an election looming and knowing the need for an outdoor recreation policy to ensure a healthy future for our sector, QORF has prepared an outdoor recreation policy statement, which we have sent to the political parties* seeking their support and commitment.
The key message of the statement can be summed up:
- Outdoor activities deliver significant economic benefits to Queensland: thousands of Queenslanders are directly and indirectly employed due to our State’s great outdoors.
The 3 key calls to action are:
- Statewide Outdoor Recreation Framework
- QORF calls for commitments to revive the Statewide Outdoor Recreation Framework
- Recreational trail development and promotion
- QORF calls for the development and promotion of significant recreational trails
- QORF calls for commitments to research the wide-ranging benefits of outdoor activities
*Copies have been sent to the ALP, LNP, Greens, KAP and One Nation
QORF recognises that being outdoors is good for people. The outdoors is great for well-being and can speed up healing. Nature can calm us down and increase creativity and productivity. Outdoor experiences connect people to their true selves, to others and to the natural environment.
QORF Strategic Plan: 2017-2019
QORF’s submission on the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan
March 2, 2017
It is submitted that the South East Queensland Plan should recognise that naturebased activities create advocates for nature to be preserved and sustained. Outdoor recreation creates connections between humans and places, playing an important role in creating a sense of value for our natural areas within the community.
QORF’s submission on the draft Queensland Protected Area Strategy.
February 24, 2017
While QORF supports the development of a Protected Area Strategy, we have significant concerns about the content of the draft, as provided. QORF’s concerns are identified in the attached submission on the draft Protected Area Strategy, which has been prepared by Geoff Edwards, Policy Locums, on behalf of QORF.
QORF submission on the Towards an all Abilities Queensland consultation paper
20 February 2017
QORF supports the proposed vision set out in the TaaaQ consultation paper:
Queenslanders of all abilities can live the life they choose.
QORF survey response for the Event Traffic Marshal consultation
21 February 2017
QORF agrees with the overall direction of ‘supporting and empowering communities to hold events,
while ensuring road safety is maintained’
QORF submission on the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland Draft Directions Paper
13 February, 2017
QORF supports the Vision set out in the Directions Paper:
Daisy Hill Koala Bushland is conserved as a special place of natural value where the community and visitors are immersed in discovery, learning, and active and healthy enjoyment of nature and its conservation.
QORF submission on the Queensland Climate Change Adaptation -Directions Statement.
“It is submitted that planning for recreation areas should be incorporated into non-urban settings, to avoid the situation of people being surrounded by inaccessible greenspace.”
… we suggest that the vision set out in the Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011-2021 of “more cycling, more often, on safe, direct and connected routes” remains relevant. The suggested change to allow recreational usage of the SunWater access tracks on the Atherton Tablelands would show that cycling (and other recreation activity) is indeed “supported by all levels of government and the community”…
It is submitted that the South East Queensland Plan should recognise that nature-based activities create advocates for nature to be preserved and sustained.
Recreation creates connections between humans and places, playing an important role in creating a sense of value for our natural areas within the community.
QORF supports the inclusion of both the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 and the South East Queensland Ecosystem Services Framework within the South East Queensland Regional Plan. To encourage community well-being, environmental protection, connection to cultural heritage and economic values, outdoor recreation needs to be on the
must-have list, rather than on the nice-to-have list within the South East Queensland Regional Plan.
QORF partnered with SEQ Catchments and Sunfish Queensland to develop a robust and consultative plan for improvements to the Piped Road area along the Brisbane River.
In response to the discussion paper Queensland State Land – Strengthening Our Economic Future outlining proposed reforms to tenure administration of State land, QORF (the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation) commissioned this position paper on behalf of its members, who utilise the publicly accessible ‘open space’ and road network of Queensland. Members are concerned about the loss of both existing and future opportunities for this economically and socially important sector.
QORF is concerned that the proposed reforms place the very roots of future recreational and tourism enterprise at risk. This submission proposes instead some simple measures that would underpin those foundations.
Outdoor recreation is a genuine, though diffuse, economic industry, a vital source of tourism and an important lifestyle activity. It is valuable in economic, social and environmental terms and its benefits ripple widely, such as reducing public expenditure on health.
A wide ‘community of interest’ must be considered in making decisions about the future use of State roads, reserves and leases as these usually have regional and statewide, not just local, significance. Outdoor recreation along with all other sectors should be consulted transparently, not only when specific parcels are determined but throughout the process of drafting the new legislation.
Download the QORF Submission – Underpinning the Pillars