Fraser Island, Queensland

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!

Catarina Sousa

  • Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
  • Global warming
  • Habitats for native animals
  • Native forest and bush clearing
  • Threatened native species
  • Fracking
  • 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


The relevant Acts:
Nature Conservation Act 1992
Recreation Areas Management Act 2006
Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

“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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There’s no question about it: parks and protected areas are the absolute cornerstone of our efforts to protect nature. In the long term, we can’t save wildlife and ecosystems without them.

But people want to use parks too, and in rapidly growing numbers. Around the world, parks are destinations for recreational activities like hiking, bird-watching and camping, as well as noisier affairs such as mountain-biking, snowmobiling and four-wheel-driving.

Where do we draw the line?

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According to their results, which are published today in Nature, most of Earth’s surface has been modified by human activities, and we are running out of time to save what is left.

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What will life be like?

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She came into the world screaming, before projectile-vomiting over the hospital floor and falling asleep.

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But oases of harmony do exist, where evolution has played matchmaker and engineered pockets of peaceful coexistence. Take, for instance, a relationship formed more than 210 million years ago around the time dinosaurs first appeared on earth.

Until recently, this remarkable and visually brilliant partnership was still going gangbusters.

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As part of our* focus on World Heritage protection for takayna, the Tarkine rainforest under threat in North-West Tasmania, our writer Ruby had the chance to interview two incredible supporters of the campaign. Time to get inspired, courtesy of Bob Brown and Rick Ridgeway. (*We are Explorers)

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The world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle was unveiled in Amsterdam today as pressure to curb the world’s plastic binge and its devastating impact on the planet continues to grow.

With nearly 700 plastic-free goods to select from at one of the branches of Ekoplaza, a Dutch supermarket chain, the aisle gives shoppers the opportunity to buy their groceries in “new compostable bio-materials as well as traditional materials” such as glass, metal and cardboard

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How about 56 billion of them?

It’s renowned as the world’s largest living thing… but of Australia’s celebrated natural assets, the Great Barrier Reef is also the biggest contributor to our national economy and our international brand.

Putting a price on it might seem impossible, given the Reef’s irreplaceable beauty and biodiversity. Of course it’s invaluable on so many levels, but identifying its value can help an appreciation of its importance, and shape thinking and policy around its future.

In a world first, a new Deloitte Access Economics report, for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (with support from National Australia Bank and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) calculates the total economic, social and icon asset value of the Reef.

And the number is $56 billion. That’s a lot of reasons to think very carefully about the Reef’s future.


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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Roger Beeden said the fact that dugongs are reproducing suggests their ecosystem is in better health.

Moreton Bay Coral Discovery

Moreton Bay Coral Discovery


Scientists have discovered and mapped out new parts of the coral reef system in Moreton Bay with the hope the work will help inform decisions to better protect it.

“On Goat Island, not far from where the ferry travels to go to North Stradbroke Island, there’s quite a lot of coral there which most people would be really surprised to know,” Reef Check Australia’s Jennifer Loder said.

She said the mapping project, that also involved the Healthy Waterways organisation, provided the clearest picture so far of what was beneath the surface of the busy boating playground.

“You’re looking at these sites on a map going, maybe there’s something there. Then you dive over the side to have a look and all of a sudden are greeted with these coral habitats that you totally didn’t expect,” she said.

Paris plans major boost for cycling infrastructure in fight against pollution

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Paris plans a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum as it steps up its fight against traffic pollution, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

“Climate is the number one priority. Less cars means less pollution. 2017 will be the year of the bicycle”

2016 fourth-hottest year on record

BOM climate report finds 2016 fourth-hottest year on record for Australia


Key points:

  • 2016 saw a number of “extreme” weather events including golf-ball sized hail, supercell storms, and rainfall at Uluru
  • Annual rainfall across the country was 17 per cent above average
  • Hottest year on record recorded in Sydney
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Herpes virus carp kill in River Murray may sap essential oxygen, research shows

The Federal Government is hoping to release cyprinid herpesvirus-3 at the end of 2018 to reduce huge numbers of the introduced pest. The strain has been proven to kill carp without affecting other species.

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Endangered Night Parrot

Endangered Night Parrot
Habitat of endangered night parrot placed under exclusion zone by Queensland Government

A rare Queensland parrot once thought extinct will be protected under new laws with an exclusion zone to keep bird watchers and poachers away.

The night parrot was considered extinct for more than 75 years but in 2013 it was rediscovered at a site that was kept secret, known as Pullen Pullen nature reserve in central western Queensland.

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Great Barrier Reef health could be improved with ‘seaweed tourism’

The Reef Recovery Project hopes to restore health to “smothered” coral reefs by removing 500 kilograms of macro-algae, or seaweed, from Magnetic Island, just minutes off Townsville’s coast.

“As the numbers of macro-algae increase, the number of corals go down, and we are trying to redress that balance and see if what we do in a small scale can make a difference,” Dr Adam Smith, lead researcher and director of project management group Reef Ecologic, said.

Alongside local researchers, the project team has employed international university students to facilitate the trial — a relationship that has enthused local tourism operators.

“There are a number of people in Townsville who are excited about edu-tourism,” Dr Smith said.

I’m calling for some tools to allow people who really care about the reef to make a small difference, and this is potentially one of them.
Dr Adam Smith

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A code of practice to protect animals and wildlife from research drones is needed until any negative effects are fully understood, a University of Adelaide researcher says.

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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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