This year's news cycle has been bizarre, to say the least, but like most Victorians (especially Melbournians) we are thrilled to contemplate the end to serious lockdown restrictions and freedoms we once took for granted. We have provided the latest summary of the easing of restrictions pertinent to outdoor activities and of course like everyone else we wait with anticipation for further positive changes to be announced this Sunday, 25th Oct. Please refer to our COVID-19 page for latest news and links to government websites & CovidSafe Planning documents.
Update on school camps and outdoor activity excursions in greater Melbourne:
Several weeks ago regional Victoria progressed to step 3. Camps and outdoor activity excursions are permitted on step 3 of the roadmap and so we are expecting for the hundreds of thousands of Greater Melbourne school children to at least have access to the 30 camps & their related outdoor activities within the Greater Melbourne area.
As always we will continue to advocate for school camps and outdoor activity excursions to occur across the State and will confirm any changes to these directives as soon as they come to light.
Andrew Knight, OV CEO
OV's NEXT ONLINE CHAT
When: THURSDAY, October 29, 2020 @ 10:30 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
This chat will once again be an opportunity for you to listen to the latest news, ask questions or share your insights into your life in the field or away from the field! A chance to talk - to get together with others from the outdoors.
We'll share with you what we know and what we are doing - and you can share your concerns, suggestions and solutions. Some of the topics that could be discussed include:
*The latest in school camps & outdoor excursions in Greater Melbourne
*Latest business funding news
*What can Victorians learn from other States?
Protection of Cultural Heritage and Climbing Recreation at Taipan Wall
The Gariwerd Wimmera Reconciliation Network (GWRN) have just provided an comprehensive update on their involvement in providing information to the Gariwerd Traditional Owners (GTOs) regarding their decision making in relation to protection of cultural heritage and climbing recreation at Taipan Wall.
For more information or to show your support go to their website, and sign up to their mailing list, follow on Facebook or Instagram.
In closing OV would like to share GWRN's highlighted message within their update. We echo this sentiment and applaud all members of the community who live and communicate by these values
Be curious. Be kind
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season Update & Recommendations
News of progress of the Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian fire season-Phase 1 report has been received this week. Contributions from the community have helped inform the extensive report of 66 observations, 36 findings and 17 recommendations (highlighted on Pages 32-42), identifying good practice and opportunities for continuous improvement.
On 14 October 2020 the Victorian Government responded to the Fire Season Inquiry Phase 1 report, accepting all 17 recommendations.
Included in its response, the government has also released IGEM's Review of 10 years of emergency management reform, accepting all five recommendations. This review should be read in conjunction with the Phase 1 Fire Season Inquiry Report as its recommendations are relevant to the findings of the Inquiry and are referenced throughout the report.
Job Opportunities at Beaconhills College 2021
Beaconhills College have 3 roles available to join their Beacon Explorers Team in 2021. Be quick Applications close Monday 26 October at 9am. For more informationRead more here
Congratulations to the YMCA Victoria for renewing their contract to continue managing five Sports and Recreation Victoria camp sites until 2041! They will continue their excellent work managing Anglesea Recreation Camp, Camp Manyung, Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, Lady Northcote Recreation Camp and Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp.
The Great Aussie Hike Wants You!
The Great Aussie Hike team are looking for people with an interest in running, walking, hiking, bushwalking or the great outdoors to register as team captains for The Great Aussie Hike, being held in March, 2021 along the East Gippsland Rail Trail
Anyone interested in registering for the Hike should attend the online info session on Wed, Oct 28 at 7pm - register for free via their website
As team captains you will be provided with resources: a free training app with walking sessions and PT sessions for HIIT, strengthening & mobility classes; monthly mindset challenges; allied health support; FB community group to connect with other teams.
It’s also a great way to support the bushfire affected communities of East Gippsland.
The Lakeside Events team,a group of students studying the Diploma of Sports Development at Box Hill Institute Lakeside Campus, are hosting a launch event promoting Mountain Biking within the Yarra Valley to promote the “We Can Ride” Youth MTB program. The aim is to increase physical activity, social connection and improve mental health of the youth in the Yarra Ranges area through MTB.
Outdoors Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are happy to add your stories this newsletter. Please send by 10th November to be included in next month