The FINALISTS of the Outdoors Queensland Awards 2021
There were many outstanding nominations and the judges thought long and hard before choosing the following finalists.
We acknowledge all nominees for all that you do and the inspiration you give others, and thank all the nominators for taking the time to share your belief in your chosen nominees.
Congratulations to all the finalists and we wish you well in the final selection of the award winners.
The Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement (Organisation)
This award is open to clubs, organisations and enterprises that have made a valuable contribution to the outdoor community and operate with professionalism and to high standards.
- Seaforth Pines Outdoor Education and Conference Centre
- Outer Limits Adventure Fitness
- Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch
- Inside the Outhaus
- Birdwings Forest School
The Queensland Government Award for Outstanding Achievement (Individual)
This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.
- Donna Thompson
- Clint Bauer
- Simon Roberts
- Jaimee Galloway
- Glyn Thomas
The Queensland Government Encouraging Participation Award
The recipient of this award will have achieved significant success in encouraging participation in outdoor activities through innovative program development and/or marketing.
- HYPAR WILD
- Queensland Walks
- 2 Bent Rods
- Rocky Trail Entertainment Pty Ltd
- Jean Croft
- Julianne Parkes
The AQIA Workforce Development Award
This award is open to any organisation that supports workforce development by taking on trainee employees/volunteers, provides in-house training or supports workers to undertake external training.
- Queensland Police Service
- Youth Flourish Outdoors
The K2 Basecamp Young Achiever Award
This award recognises the efforts and achievements of a individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, young person or other making a change into the field.
- Lachlan Wright
- Haley Evans
The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Event Award
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 …
- Mt Barney Lodge
- Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push
- On The Edge Events
The Nature Play QLD Nature Play Education Award
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.
- Chatterbox Early Learning and Care Centre – Albany Creek
- Wildlings Forest School
- Clearview Early Learning & Kindergarten
- Birdwings Forest School
- Country Kids Childcare…Naturally Fun!
The Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces
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.
- Emu Gully Adventure Education Group
- Atherton Tablelands Railtrail
- Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care
- Borumba Deer Park
The Queensland Government Nature Play Community Award
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.
- The Little Pocket
- Kids World Gilston
- Prior Street Child Care and Development
- Penola Casa Childcare Centre
The Outdoors Queensland Government Achievement Award
This award recognises the achievements of local or state government departments and/or agencies that have produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.
- Insufficient nominations for this Award to be included in 2021
- Nominations Now CLOSED
- Nominations CLOSED Thursday September 2, 2021
- Finalists announced on Monday, September 13, 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.
Due to the success of the virtual awards ceremony in 2020 and the continuing uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are again holding an online event in 2021 with finalists and guests joining us via Zoom and supporters able to share the fun on Facebook.
We are delighted that Riley Edwards from ClimbingQTs in Melbourne will be presenting at the Outdoors Queensland Awards this year.
Riley will be speaking about ClimbingQTs’ aim to bring the message of inclusive trans and queer friendly climbing spaces and events to Queensland, and to promote understanding of the LGBTQ+ climbing community – a message relevant to all activities in the outdoors.
Riley (they/them) is a queer, non-binary rock climber, outdoor enthusiast, LGBTQ+ advocate and educator and co-founder of ClimbingQTs based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. They use their years of experience and expertise from working in Diversity & Inclusion Consultation and Education to support the trans and gender diverse community in sports and recreation.
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.
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.
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 the Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance.