Outdoors Queensland Awards

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Outdoors Queensland Awards

The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the outdoor recreation community

Outdoors Queensland Awards 2021

We are proud to announce that nominations for the Outdoors Queensland Awards 2021 will be opening on June 1, 2021.

So it time to start thinking about who you will nominate – colleagues, employees, clients, contractors … maybe an organisation that has impressed you with their dedication to the outdoors, an activity provider that goes the extra mile or an instructor with passion and skill. There is an award to suit just about anyone or any organisation in the outdoors. See here for all the Award categories.

Important Dates

  • Nominations OPEN: June 1, 2021
  • Nominations CLOSE August 27, 2021
  • Finalists announced on Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Winners announced: Friday October 29, 2021

Please note, Outdoors Queensland reserves the right to change dates without notice

The Awards Ceremony

The award winners will be announced at the Outdoors Queensland Awards night on Friday October 29th, 2021.

The annual Outdoors Queensland Awards is a popular networking opportunity for members of the outdoor community to get together to celebrate the Award winners – the individuals and organisations who have made a positive and lasting difference to the outdoors and outdoor recreation in Queensland, in all its various guises. Due to the success of the virtual awards ceremony in 2020 and the ongoing uncertainties caused by the COVID19 pandemic, we are considering holding a blended event with some guests live in the venue and others joining us via Zoom. We will confirm details as soon as possible.

Coming soon: Venue information, booking details, guest speaker announcement … and more

About the Awards

The Outdoors Queensland Awards (formerly known as the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) recognise and reward excellence in the outdoors community. The Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, programs, events and activities that have been successful in significantly improving outcomes for participants, clients and communities.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards are for the ‘outdoors community in Queensland’ – outdoor enthusiasts, adventure tourism operators, outdoor education providers, activity clubs, land managers, retailers … and more.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards are an important means of recognising the size and diversity of the outdoors community and industry and provide an opportunity for outdoor individuals and organisations to be rewarded and recognised for their contribution. They are also a means of recognising how important the outdoors, outdoor activity and the environment are to the lifestyle of Queenslanders.

Be inspired!

Check out the Previous Award Winners    

 

The Outdoors Queensland Distinguished Achievers Award

This award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of the consistent winners of the Outdoors Queensland Awards (and formerly the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) since their inception in 2002. The benchmark is a minimum of three awards.

Previous recipients:

The Awards

The Queensland Government Award for Outstanding Achievement (Individual)

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery
  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Providing opportunities for people of all abilities

 

The Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement (Organisation)

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council

This award  is open to clubs, organisations, education providers and other enterprises that have made a valuable contribution to the outdoor community and operate with professionalism and to high standards.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery
  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Development opportunities for individuals
  • Providing opportunities for people of all abilities
  • Innovative environmental sustainability programs
  • Sustainable land management practices
  • Active involvement in community environmental projects
  • Creating opportunities for people to experience the outdoors

 

The Queensland Government Encouraging Participation Award

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

The recipient of this award will have achieved significant success in encouraging participation in outdoor activities through innovative program development and/or marketing.

They should meet all or some of the Essential CriteriaIn addition, nominees (organisations or individuals) may have facilitated increased participation in outdoor recreation for either the general population or specific client groups through:

  • Innovative programs designed to attract a broader client group
  • Program modification to target a select client group
  • Inclusive programs designed to engage:
    • People of all abilities and/or CALD backgrounds
    • People of all ages & gender
  • Effective marketing and promotion
  • Outstanding program delivery

 

The K2 Basecamp Young Achiever Award

Sponsored by K2 Basecamp

This award recognises the efforts and achievements of an individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, young person or other making a change into the field. They maybe enrolled in a structured course (eg School, TAFE, University), volunteering or working as a trainee for an outdoor activity provider.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Achievement of personal goals or marked improvement
  • Exemplary leadership, role modelling and initiative
  • Professional behaviour and ethical outdoor practice
  • Effort over and above what is expected
  • Contribution which has helped achieve significant outcomes

 

The Outdoors Queensland Government Achievement Award

Sponsored by Outdoors Queensland

This award recognises the achievements of local or state government departments and/or agencies that have produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Development of supportive policies, strategies and/or actions
  • Active engagement with advisory groups or committees to address community needs and values
  • The provision of a diverse range of outdoor activity opportunities

 

The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Event Award

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council

This award is for individuals, organisations or committees that have developed and managed a significant* outdoor recreation event, that might include one-off or annual events such as Come-and Try days, Adventure Races, Expos or Festivals, major state / national / international championships, jamborees …

*number of competitors, entrants or attendees, the turnover or funds raised and/or the number of individuals involved in organising / running the event.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Environmental, economic and social sustainability
  • Significant increase in opportunities for participation in outdoor recreation
  • Consideration of appropriate risk management and safety strategies
  • Coordination of significant numbers of volunteers
  • Extensive involvement and support from local business / community
  • Innovative promotion, event planning, marketing, sponsorship, risk management or facility design

 

The Nature Play Education Award

Sponsored by Nature Play QLD

This award is for educational services or institutions, such as schools or childcare centres, that have increased the time kids spend in outdoor learning, Forest School or unstructured outdoor play.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative educational program development to increase or integrate nature play into the educational service
  • A commitment to the nature play or outdoor learning ethos
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to curriculum interpretation in outdoor learning.
  • Child’s’ regular and ongoing access to nature play experiences
  • Development of the educational grounds or use of external settings
  • Outdoor environment is suitably challenging; risk assessments and consent for its use in place.
  • Demonstrated effective use of resources, including links with the local community, organisations and parents.
  • Use of Nature Play QLD resources within an educational setting.

 

The Queensland Government Nature Play Community Award

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

This award is for communities (individuals or organisations*) that have developed initiatives to increase the time kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative programs, events or activities for children 12 years or under
  • Exciting nature play spaces
  • Creative resources for nature play
  • Awareness raising events, publications or services

* Not educational institutions – educational organisations are encouraged to nominate for the Nature Play Education Award

 

The Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces

Sponsored by The Queensland Government

This award recognises that outdoor recreation activities require access to places and spaces. Nominees for this award will have developed one or more outstanding outdoor recreation facilities or venues.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition, the facilities may:

  • Create or substantially increase opportunities for outdoor recreation activities.
  • Utilise innovative design and/or construction features
  • Address the specific needs of the target user group or community.
  • Follow or develop best practice methods in environmental techniques.
  • Use appropriate risk management and safety strategies

 

Outdoors Queensland thanks and acknowledges the ongoing support of the Outdoors Queensland Awards from all our sponsors: The Queensland Government, the Brisbane City Council, K2 Basecamp, Nature Play QLD and new in 2020, the Active Queenslanders industry Alliance.

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