Outdoors Queensland Awards

Outdoors Queensland Awards

The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the outdoor recreation community

After several days of reviewing and deliberation, the Outdoors Queensland Awards judging panel have now released the names of all the finalists for each award. Comments from the panel indicated that the quality of the nominees for 2017 was extremely high and the task of shortlisting finalists very difficult.

While not all nominees have been selected, a nomination is a measure of a nominee’s standing in the outdoor community and the peer respect.

Our congratulations to all nominees, our thanks to all those that nominated and our best wishes for success to all the finalists when the winners are announced at the Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner being held on Friday, October 27.

The Award Finalists 2017

Outstanding Achievement Award (Individual)
Sponsor: The Queensland Government

  • Claire Bourke
  • Liam St Pierre
  • Robyn Elkington
  • Neil Robinson

Outstanding Achievement Award (Organisation)
Sponsor: Brisbane City Council

  • Blue Peter, The Sea School
  • Queensland Rogaine Association
  • RATS Cycling Club
  • Trinity Anglican School

Young Achiever Award
Sponsor: K2 Basecamp

  • Samantha Chisholm
  • Patrick Brabant

Encouraging Participation Award
Sponsor: The Queensland Government

  • Must Do Brisbane
  • Lachlan Ryan
  • Camp Cooby
  • Ipswich City Council (Marketing campaign)

Outdoor Event Award
Sponsor: The Brisbane City Council

  • Chicks in the Sticks, RATS Cycling Club
  • Cuboree, Scouts Queensland
  • MOJO Raid, MOJO Adventure
  • LEAF, Logan City Council

Government Achievement Award
Sponsor: QORF

  • Active & Healthy, City of Gold Coast
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Healthy Land and Water
  • QTopo, Dept of Natural Resources and Mines

Nature Play Education Award
Sponsor: Nature Play QLD

  • Bush Kindy by the Creek, Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten
  • Natureweavers
  • Pelican Waters Golden Beach Kindergarten and Childcare Centre
  • Clearview Early Learning

Nature Play Community Award
Sponsor: The Queensland Government

  • Logan Nature Play Program, Logan City Council
  • Sun & Stars Bushcraft
  • Heidi and Geoff Webb, Educational Gardens
  • Narell Neville, Greystone Farm Nature Play

Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces
Sponsor: The Queensland Government

  • Qld Moto Park
  • The Sugarbag Road Town Reserve Mountain Bike Trails
  • Adventure Alternatives (Kenilworth Centre)
  • The Rise, Cardno

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 Awards Dinner

The award winners will be announced at the Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner held at the Rydges South Bank Brisbane on Friday October 27th, 2017 – officially the final QORF event in Outdoor-tober 2017.

The annual Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner 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.

Date: Friday October 27

Time: 6.30 pm arrival for 7.00 pm start (end approx 11.00 pm)

Dress Code: Smart Casual – or a chance to get dressed up!

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Troy Szczurkowski who recently completed the Iditarod Trail race in Alaska – a 1,609-kilometer wilderness event by fat bike, foot and ski.

Raffle prizes will be provided by long term Awards supporter K2 Basecamp and the Lucky Door Prize is a copy of Secrets of the Scenic Rim, generously provided by Robert Rankin

The Outdoors Queensland Achievers Award

This award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of the consistent winners of the Outdoors Queensland Achievers Awards (and formerly the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) since their inception in 2002.


Previous recipients:

Winners of the 2016 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards

Check out the Previous Award Winners    

Be inspired!

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

Make A Nomination today!

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

Make A Nomination today!


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

Make A Nomination today!

The K2 Basecamp Young Achiever Award

Sponsored by K2 Basecamp

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. 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

Make A Nomination today!

The QORF Government Achievement Award

Sponsored by QORF

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

Make A Nomination today!

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

Make A Nomination today!

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.

Make A Nomination today!

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

Make A Nomination today!

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