OV welcomes three new staff!
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Please enjoy Victoria's Outdoor Sector News, August 2021
Two women hiking on top of Mt. Bogon

Mt. Bogong is Victoria's highest mountain, located at 1,986 metres (6,516 ft) above sea level in the Alpine National Park and part of the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range.

Image Source: Parks Victoria Image Gallery.
Well, what can I say? What a month it’s been for all of us!
On a bright note, OV has been extra busy on boarding three new staff.  Andrea, Renee & Andrew G all joined our team last Tuesday, and have virtually hit the ground running! We are overjoyed to welcome them and look forward to introducing them at our next online morning tea, Tuesday 31st @ 10.30am. Having a bigger team, with a variety of new skills, will increase our capacity to do a whole lot more for you, our community. Over the coming months, we will be reaching out in a variety of ways to find out how we can help more effectively.

OV continues to work hard on this COVID challenge with other State and national peak bodies, and are liaising with numerous government agencies and departments to advocate for our outdoors sectors. We will continue to keep you up to date with developments and progress. As we are all experiencing such upheaval to our lives and livelihoods, once again I want to take the opportunity to reach out to everyone in the community, right across Victoria. 

If you are unsure of which grants you are eligible for please go to: Or if you need help, ask us. 
I also once again want to take this opportunity to remind you of these mental health and wellbeing support services    
Andrew Knight. CEO

Welcome to our three newest Staff members

Renee's headshot - New Outdoor Victoria Admin and Events Coordinator
Renee joined Outdoors Victoria in August 2021 as the Admin and Events Coordinator streamlining the existing processes within the organisation and arranging small-to-medium events.

Her experience as a secondary school teacher organising student adventure camps involving canoeing, surfing, orienteering and survival situations enables her to advocate for the outdoors within the education industry and its success in developing leadership, resilience and confidence amongst young people. 
Andrea's headshot - New Outdoor Victoria Digital and Communications Coordinator
Andrea joined in August as our Digital and Communications Coordinator, focusing on creative digital and social media communications/marketing.

"This position combines my love for the outdoors with my experience creating effective communication solutions for non-profits and service-based organisations. I love that I can contribute by communicating the amazing things about the outdoors, especially now that the pandemic has affected people's mental health."
Andrew G - Outdoor Careers Strategy Coordinator
Andrew joined Outdoors Victoria in August 2021 as the Outdoor Careers Strategy Coordinator, to produce a report of recommendations to OV and the outdoor sectors on ways to address the staff shortages in outdoor careers in Victoria.

Andrew’s community involvement includes sitting on the board of Isabel Henderson Kindergarten, a nature-based kindergarten in Fitzroy North, and Vice-President of Environment Education Victoria.
Coffee mug next to a computer showing an online meeting
This month Andrew will be introducing our three staff members! 
Andrea, Renee & Andrew will talk about some of their projects whilst they are with OV over the next six months and will be happy to take any questions. Please join us in welcoming them :) 

This online chat will also be a chance to talk, get together with others from the outdoors and raise any issues you are experiencing.

Current Restrictions in Victoria

In Greater Melbourne and Regional Melbourne until 11.59 pm Thursday, 2 September:

  • Outdoor education schools and camps, leadership schools will be closed
  • School camps and excursions cannot take place
  • Playgrounds should not be made available for community use
  • Community groups are not permitted to use school facilities (indoor or outdoor).
  • These restrictions include VCE OES students
A reminder to all outdoor providers, as well maintaining your COVIDSafe Plans at all times, make sure you're up-to-date and familiar with the current AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE ACTIVITY STANDARD
& Associated Good Practice Guides


OV Affiliate Membership

Welcome and thank you to our newest Affiliate Member organisations who signed up this month:  All members and their staff and students still have complimentary access to Outdoor Education’s Digital Library, including all current and past copies of the JOEE (Journal of Outdoor & Environmental Education)
National Outdoor Education Conference layout featuring event dates: 26-28 Sep 2022 and place: Fairmont Resort & Spa, Leura
NOEC important announcement

It is with much deliberation that the NOEC Committee announces the postponement of the 2021 Event.

For the safety of attendees and to lessen the impact on travellers from interstate, the NOEC will be postponing the event. We are determined to have this event and wow what a party it will be when we get to the Fairmont in Leura in 2022!


Preview of the Licensed Tour Operator Prospectus document

Grampians Peaks Trail Opening Soon

With Grampians Peaks Trail opening soon, applications are now open for Licensed Tour Operators seeking to conduct tours and other related activities on the Grampians Peaks Trail.

The Grampians Peaks Trail prospectus for Licensed Tour Operators provides an overview of the trail and opportunities.  PDF document    Application form

There is also additional information at:

A person looking at a computer showing ACHPER free webinar

ACHPER Victoria and Outdoors Victoria invite teachers of VCE OES to a FREE community of practice event on Monday 30 August, 4 pm. The event will focus on modifications and adjustments required due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. The panel will focus on how to adapt practical experiences and journal tasks, along with answering any specific questions. Join hosts Josh Ambrosy (Federation University), Adam Hipwell (Ave Maria College) and Belinda Dalziel (Beaconhills College) to unpack the recent VCAA advice, as they share tips, resources and ideas for planning the remainder of your 2021 course.

VCE OES Community of Practice
Modifying your VCE OES course during Lockdown
Monday 30th August 4-4.30pm

Register here

Youth Central logo

Victorian Youth Congress
Applications Now Open through until 13 September!

This is a unique opportunity for young Victorians aged 12-25 to work with the Victorian Government to advise on the development of policy and programs relevant to young people. The 2022 Victorian Youth Congress will play a key role in implementing the new Victorian youth strategy, due to be released later this year.

Further information and details on how to apply are available on Youth Central

Researchers from the School of Psychology at Deakin University are seeking participants for an anonymous online survey investigating psychosocial characteristics associated with exercising in nature. It is hoped that this project will contribute important new knowledge regarding the role of exercising in nature, while also help shape nature-based exercise interventions and programs for the community in the future. For more information, please see the advertisement attached and the link to the survey.
© Photo by Farshid Zabbahi on Unsplash

Things to do in lockdown

Back to Nature layout
Back to Nature on ABC is a visually and aurally stunning documentary series featuring Aaron Pedersen and Holly Ringland guiding viewers through the wonder and awe of the Australian landscape, exploring stories that reconnect the audience with the natural world, with Country.
Tuesdays 8.00pm on ABC TV and iview:
Photo: © ABC via their website
Art work of a turtle swimming around rubbish
Join the most inspiring wildlife event of the year with the Australian Conservation Foundation on their Wild At Art online event on National Threatened Species.
You will be able to see the work of thousands of kids across the country where they pick up their paintbrushes and pens to help raise awareness of Australia’s threatened plants and animals through the 2021 Wild At Art National Threatened Species art competition for kids.  Photo:© Australian Conservation Foundation via their website
Koolasuchus cleelandi — a 4 metre-long amphibian — lived alongside dinosaurs about 125 million years ago.
It's time to vote for your favourite ancient Victorian animal. Museums Victoria has opened up voting for a shortlist of eight fossils selected by paleontologists, geologists and other scientists, all of which were found in Victoria and are housed in the museum's collection. Select a candidate for a state fossil emblem here, you've got until October 4.
Photo: © Museums Victoria via ABC
A group of rosellas
Bird of the year is back! The Guardian/BirdLife Australia poll for 2021 will begin on 27 September with a list of 50 shortlisted species. This year there will be a special focus on the species many of us are likely to see in lockdown. Nominate your favourite for the shortlist here!
Photo: © Mike Bowers/The Guardian
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 September, 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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