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Please enjoy Victoria's Outdoor Sectors News, October 2021
Lyrebirds find refuge in rainforests, even during the Black Summer bushfires
It is a joy to kick this newsletter off with some great news. The Victorian government has announced that Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership will be offered in 2022 as part of a Free TAFE initiative, which will pave the way to getting more students into an outdoor career and further training pathways.

The OV team and associated stakeholders have been advocating for some more affordable training pathways into the outdoor sectors and we are excited to share this success with you. We will have more details for you in the November newsletter. 

Spring is in full swing and lockdowns should be finally coming to an end for most of us, as the population protects itself against COVID. 

As we celebrate Mental Health Month whilst emerging into social spaces, let’s go easy on each other, remain respectful, and consider that for some people, like our health workers, even greater workloads are probably ahead. Some people have expressed anxiety, for numerous reasons, as a result of the end of long lockdown.
In additional good news, 2149 government and low-fee non-government schools will all be entitled to a grant of up to $25,000 to purchase shade sails – with $60 million to create more outdoor learning spaces and make it easy for classes to be conducted outside. This program complements the Department of Health’s existing School Shade Grants Program.

This is the perfect opportunity for teachers to take classes outside the classroom and utilise these excellent Outdoor Learning Toolkits, which are designed to be used  within the existing curriculum. These toolkits were funded by DET as part of the strategic partnership program. The program was developed in partnership with many other subject teacher associations.

The project Manager of the toolkits, OV’s Luke Parker, will be joining us on October 21 to talk us through some of their practical applications, and answer any questions you might have. Read more about our industry online chat in this newsletter. 

OV, ACA and CVA, continue to work very hard with Victorian government department personnel and Minister’s offices to advocate for the safe return of camps and outdoor activities post this latest lockdown. 
We will update you immediately with any developments and are hopeful to be able to share news with you in the coming days.

Andrew Knight. CEO
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Chat with Andrew Knight and the team from Outdoors Victoria
11:00 am Thursday, October the 21st AEDT.

The first part of this session will be of special interest to primary teachers interested in introducing their kids to outdoor learning, whilst remaining within the curriculum over term 4.

Topics covered: 
- Information about the Outdoor Learning Toolkits and practical ways to use them for primary school teachers
- A glimpse at the upcoming secondary toolkits being developed for release early next year
- Luke Parker will also talk about his new 'Promoting Outdoor Careers to Schools' project - supported by the DET 'Connecting Learning to Work' program.  This project includes resources for careers advisors, teacher lesson plans which cover the curriculum & a career portal aimed primarily at high school students.
-Free TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership
-Opportunities and Grants in the sector
-Outdoors Victoria advocacy work and OCA working groups.

Register in advance for this meeting: REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE

Mental Health in the Outdoors

Mental health is an extremely prevalent topic at the moment during these unprecedented times. As part of Mental Health Month in October, the team at Outdoors Victoria have curated this first of our DIGITAL SERIES where we will be introducing you to three different representatives who are experts active in different areas of the outdoor sectors in Victoria such as kids & play, educational outcomes, and mental health and wellness.

We will explore how this has impacted the outdoor sectors over the past few years, what strategies and solutions the outdoors sectors and wider community are employing to overcome the impacts and create better outcomes for all Victorians, and how the outdoors sectors could be at the forefront in encouraging more outdoor play as a solution to improving the mental health and wellbeing of people’s lives.


Nature Kindergarden Update

OV's Nature Kindergarten Facilitator, Rose Major, recently had the opportunity to speak with over 70 teachers and educators from the City of Wyndham as part of the project's brief to grow nature/bush kinders in the west of Melbourne. Rose was supporting the work of teacher Michelle Shaw from Thomas Chirnside Kindergarten, who is developing a nature kinder program at Werribee Park. It is hoped Michelle's local knowledge will be an integral part of OV partner ECO Learning Network's future work with City of Wyndham, taking a place-based approach to outdoor learning in early childhood.

Grants & Opportunities

The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package provides grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Round 4 of this grant is available until Oct 29. LINK
Victoria’s National Business Events Program is designed to give a helping hand to domestic business event organisers in holding their events in Victoria.

With a focus on domestic association conferences, trade exhibitions, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program, funding is available to offset actual costs for hosting their events in Victoria.
There are two funding streams available – for events to be held in Melbourne and for events held in regional Victoria.

*Applications are now open. Grants are available for a limited time with applications closing 31 December 2021, or when available funding is exhausted if sooner MORE INFO
The Change Our Game Women in Governance Program (the Program) provides formal training and development opportunities to women who are looking to strengthen their understanding of governance processes.

This Program is suitable for women who have either recently joined a board or are looking to take on a board position within the sport and active recreation sector at regional, state or national level. LINK

Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity – Inclusive Communities Grants

These Grants aim to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people to participate socially and economically through local community-driven solutions that build self-reliance and empowerment. The Grants will focus on supporting people of working age (15-64 years) in geographic areas of high socio-economic disadvantage across all states and territories. LINK

Kids Get Active $200 Vouchers
Round 3 of this program remains open until Friday 12 November 2021. 
What you need to know as a Club or Activity Provider: HERE

Parks Victoria updates its Disability Action Plan every four years, and it is currently calling for comment to ensure that parks are more inclusive and accessible. Consultation closes on 20 October.

- attend an online focus group
- complete a survey
- upload a submission

The Vic/Tas Region is calling on interested members to join a working group to assist in preparing a submission. Please email Richard at if you are interested.  MORE INFO
Gender Equity Microcredentials 
Women's Health Victoria is offering a series of Microcredentials that can be useful for your workplace. The first step towards the solution is education. It’s up to all of us to act, now. Gender-based discrimination isn’t relegated to one sector and neither are the solutions. 

Outdoors News & Events

OV staff attended the fabulous online precursor event to the National Outdoor Education Conference on the 29th of Sept. Thank you to NOEC team for putting together such a rich event. 

Congratulations to all of the winners, including the overall winners from Victoria - The Alice Sloan Expedition; as well as one of the recipients of the Fellow Award - Associate Professor Peter Martin, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to outdoor education over 40+ years.

If you attended, please give them your feedback by filling out their SURVEY

And don't forget The National Outdoor Education Conference 2022, will be held in-person in Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, 26th - 28th September 2022. Registrations are open to secure your spot if you have not yet got your tickets!
Parks and Leisure Australia
National Virtual Conference

As we continue to evolve and adapt in a changing world, we know the importance parks and leisure have played in connecting our communities, families and friends.

PLA2021 will continue the connection as we come together on the VIRTUAL 'Park Bench'.

The PLA2021 Virtual Conference is a live event which explores new ways of working and how we are adapting to change, allowing us to celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forge connections without boundaries for the betterment of our industry and community.

Costa Georgiadis will be MC at this year's Outdoor Health National Symposium on the 3-4 of November

Presentations with Costa promise to be immersive, highly entertaining, and hands-on. He’ll get people thinking differently about the way they interact with the environment, their gardens and the world their actions influence.

This year’s Symposium is an opportunity to engage with and contribute to innovations in outdoor health research and practice. Presentations will span Indigenous health practices, Nature-based health interventions for emerging conditions, and Outdoor Health for whole populations.

Parks Victoria has developed a Draft Land Management Strategy that sets out priorities for the protection, management and use of Parks Victoria managed land. The Draft Strategy is open for consultation until 1 November. LINK

OES teacher / school resources & opportunities

OV outdoor learning toolkits

A call out to teachers - as students return to on-site learning through spring and summer in Term 4, now is the perfect opportunity to work with our practical Outdoor Learning Toolkits 1-14. Integrate your subject teaching into an accessible learning format for your students in the beautiful outdoors. OV has created the toolkits for primary school age students that promote the benefits of Outdoor Learning, from arguing your case to take students out of the classroom, to a range of activities to engage in across core and elective subjects covering the breadth of subjects from Mathematics to Art. The Toolkits include links to the Reading Writing, Speaking and Listening strands to help connect these learnings to the National Curriculum.

Learn more about the Learning in the Outdoors Toolkits HERE

Orienteering Australia have developed a new national school program for delivery of the sport in primary and secondary schools. Schools all around Australia have been introducing their students to the orienteering curriculum with coach and teacher-led programs funded through Sporting Schools.
Further information: HERE
Great resources for teachers and students from Aileen Vening, a member of the education team for the South Gippsland Conservation Society based at Inverloch. Aileen is a retired secondary teacher (geography trained) from Wonthaggi Secondary College.
For several years she has been recording changes along the Bunurong Coast and Anderson Inlet at Inverloch.

Her photos have been the basis of school presentations across several year levels and KLAs. These presentations and resources are now accessible via the SGCS website HERE.
Join Environment Education Victoria to learn exciting and meaningful ways to teach sustainability on their three new online PDs running in Term 4 to support Victorian teachers to embed sustainability across the curriculum. All sessions are free & online.

1. Your Sustainability Vision: 21 October
2. Books That Move You: 11 November
3. Revegetation for Reconciliation: 25 November

Outdoor-related events

Get outdoors, explore your local trails, and take on an epic adventure! Walk (or run) 50k or 100k in your neighbourhood this November. There’s no registration fee, no 48-hour time limit, no need for a team of four.

By joining Oxfam Trailwalker Virtual you’ll help fund projects that address the inequalities that keep people in poverty — one step at a time: HERE

One Foot Forward: - The Walk for Mental Health.
Join the Black Dog Institute to walk, run or roll in solidarity for the 1 in 5 people in Australia who experience symptoms of mental illness every year. Together, we can show them they are not alone. 
Television Education Network
Live Webinar: Mandatory Reporting and Investigation in NFPs and Charities: The Process from Go to Woe.
This webinar is suitable for executives working for not for profits and charities – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge. 
Registered live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.

Date: Thursday 25th November 2021
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 12 noon to 1 pm
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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 always happy to add your stories to this newsletter. Please send by 10 November, 2021 to be included in the next edition.

We are looking for interesting articles, resources, event dates, funding opportunities and images from our members for the next edition. If you have something to share, contact:
Andrea Vela 
or Robyn Allan 
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