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Please enjoy your jam-packed Outdoor News, NOVEMBER 2020
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Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan Released for Public Consultation

Parks Victoria are hosting a series of online information sessions over November and December, to discuss proposals, and hear feedback from the public, about the newly released Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan

  • Read our post with session details 
  • For more information, and to view the Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan, and register for events, visit Engage Victoria
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The next online chat with Andrew & Luke 

When: Tuesday 24th Nov@10.30 am

Listen to the latest news, ask questions or share your insights
  • Emma Watts, Director of Partnerships at Parks Victoria, will be joining us again for a Q & A session

Some of the topics that could be discussed include:
  • The last step on the COVID-19 roadmap for Victoria 
  • Latest budget funding news
  • Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan discussion/ feedback- OV will be making a submission to the consultation process
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  • An updated COVIDSafe plan specific to the community sport and recreation sector is now available here.
  • The Industry Restart Guidelines for Physical Recreation and Community Sport and Professional Sport have also now been updated, and are also available on this page, along with frequently asked questions. 
  • Keep up with latest COVID-19 news on our page here
  • Small business Digital Adaption Program is a new initiative from Business Victoria to help businesses try out digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. It might just make all the difference to keep you up and running.
Australian Adventure Activity Standard and related Good Practice Guides
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

Victoria's Great Outdoors Funding Announcements

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Budget announcements are coming thick and fast at the moment ahead of next week's Victorian Government State budget. 

Getting Kids Moving Again

$45.2 million funding boost to get kids moving was announced earlier this month. The package will also deliver more opportunities at school to participate in sport as part of the Active Schools program.
OV is very proud to announce that our Outdoor Leaning Toolkits for primary schools have been selected to be included in the ACTIVE Schools toolkits in the coming weeks. The Outdoor Learning Toolkits were created in partnership with ACHPER VIC, EEV, GTAV & Parks Victoria

Visit Victoria: Experiencing The Best At Home

  • A $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package was announced by the State Government on Wednesday to help the sector bounce back after a year of bushfires and necessary health restrictions to protect Victoria from coronavirus
  • $200 travel vouchers are being announced for Victorians who holiday in regional Victoria over summer and spend at least $400 on accommodation, attractions or tours in the regions.

Getting Ready For Camping Trips Now And Into The Future

$105.6 million is being invested to deliver better forests, parks, campgrounds, tracks and outdoor facilities.
In readiness for a truly well-deserved holiday season, Victorians can now book their favourite campsites and visit reopened parks thanks to the hard work for Parks staff and the Victorian Government’s Great Outdoors program

Congratulations also to the Murray River Adventure Trail for securing $10.3 million from the Victorian Government to attract more visitors and grow jobs in Northern Victoria.

Visit the Murray & Silo Art Trail
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Victoria's State Climbing Peak Public Consultation Now Open

Many people in our community have been affected by the current challenges with rock and rope activities in the Grampians (Gariwerd) and Mount Arapiles (Dyurrite). As a consequence Outdoors Victoria and Sport Climbing Victoria have drafted an extensive Climbing Governance Review and Recommendations Report for all those in the community who have an interest in the support advocacy of rock climbing and related activities in Victoria in the future.
There is an important feedback survey link embedded in the report. the opportunity to provide feedback is open until December 13, 2020. Read our full article here
Board member Sophie Bone is sadly retiring from the OV Board after the meeting today.  Sophie has served on the Board for three years and came to us with the perspective of a backgroundSophie Bone in teaching including setting up O.E, a nature based tourism business owner, and a Big 4 Caravan Parks Board member.

Her insight assisted us to think and work more strategically and was an inspiring Keynote at the annual Careers in the Outdoors Day we run at Victoria University for hundreds of school students in years nine through to twelve from across Victoria.
We wish Sophie all the very best bringing up her young family as well as running her business and other Board work, in the toughest of times. 
Thank you Sophie for your service to the outdoors community.
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Great Ocean Road Action Plan Community Update

We congratulate the recently appointed board members and chair of the newly formed Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA) which will no doubt work tirelessly to protect and improve the iconic Great Ocean Road coast and parks for future generations. Importantly it is great to see that recognised Traditional Owner groups in the region, the Wadawurrung Corporation and the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation are represented on the board. Official transition date is Dec 1, 2020. We look forward to keeping up with their news and working with the team in the future. 
You can learn more about their policies and plan here
You can also link to them on social media here:  FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn

Job opportunities at OEG

The Outdoor Education Group (OEG) is looking for outdoor educators for journey and camp based roles, and program coordinators. Check out their website for all the information you'll need to apply. For inspiration have a look at their wonderful Imagine Yourself Working Here video, which goes a long way to inspire careers in the Outdoors!
If you are an OV Affiliate Member & you would like us to share job opportunities at your organisations in upcoming newsletters, please contact Robyn:

OV Affiliate Membership

Thanks you so much to our two newest members Wild Adventures MelbourneSouthern Exposure. We're very excited to have you both on board.  Also a BIG thank you for renewed membership:  
  • Saint Ignatius College
  • SUP-Fit
  • Federation University
  • Aitken College
  • Bindaree Outdoor Education Services
  • Methodist Ladies College
  • Gilson College 
  • Beaconhills College &
  • St Kevins College
    We really appreciate all of your support!
Congratulations to Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science and the Institute for Health and Sport which have ' such positive endorsement on a global stage' having just been ranked 9th in the world in the latest Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments for 2020. They have jumped 12 places in only three years!      
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Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists. There is some exciting work being done in the 'Early Years' space and we are delighted to see many people working with kids in the Outdoors space being well represented and recognised! Fingers crossed 🙂 Winners will be announced on Wednesday 25 November 2020.
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ACA's  2020 Inclusion Guide and Self-Assessment Resource for  Camps and Outdoor Activity Providers is Now Available. The Guide is aimed at anyone who is keen to make their venues or services more inclusive to all groups - seniors, disability, CALD, aboriginal, women, LGBTQI, etc and provides practical advice and examples on overcoming barriers to participation.
My dirty feet resting at Cape Conran campsite
Are you a Cape Conran lover? (don't tell anyone)
What you can do is fill out the Parks Victoria survey so they can build back better after the bushfires!

PV are seeking community input into the rebuild of the Banksia Bluff activity centre at Cape Conran Coastal Park which was burnt during the 2019/20 summer bushfires. The survey will be open from Monday 16 November until Sunday 13 December 2020.
Please share your views by completing the survey at:
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 10 December to be included in the last newsletter for 2020

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 Robyn 
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