QORF’s primary purpose is to raise the profile, capacity and opportunity for outdoor recreation in Queensland and to encourage more people to participate in outdoor recreation activities. QORF affirms the value of outdoor recreation, encourages all people to recreate outdoors and values:
- The Natural Environment: For its multiple intrinsic values including ecological, geological, physical, cultural, heritage and as a space for outdoor activities to occur
- Diversity: Of places, activities, experiences and people
- Access: To land and water that is relevant to outdoor activities and proximal to all
- Sustainability: Of the outdoor sector and of the environment
For positive outdoor recreation experiences to continue to be part of the lives of future Queenslanders it is imperative that we as a sector, as a people, as a state and as a nation commit to looking after our outdoor spaces. Maintaining them for future generations to enjoy, conserving our great natural heritage and developing recreation practices that are environmentally sustainable, socially acceptable and meet the expectations of indigenous Queenslanders – the Traditional Owners of the land we use for outdoor recreation.
The things we care about!
- Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
- Global warming
- Habitats for native animals
- Native forest and bush clearing
- Threatened native species
- Pollution to waterways
- Coastal inundation
- Ongoing access to wilderness
Nature Conservation Legislation
On Wednesday 10 May 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation that returns the primary focus of the national park system to the conservation of nature.
QORF contributed to this process to ensure that access for appropriate outdoor recreation and outdoor education opportunities would be retained for Queensland’s protected area estate (national parks and conservation parks).
“Outdoor recreation underpins a significant proportion of Queensland’s tourism industry, enhances community well-being, helps connect people to our cultural heritage, and creates advocates for environmental protection, while also providing a diverse range of fun things to do.” Dom Courtney
“Nature is about the only thing left where principles and laws hold true, where things are as they are supposed to be, where there is no discrimination against anyone, and where beauty, harmony and inter-relatedness provide experiences that people enjoy remembering”
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QORF would respectfully like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, their Elders past and present, for the important role Indigenous people continue to play in Queensland and most especially on the land used for outdoor recreation.
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