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Dear Subscriber 

Please enjoy the December 2018 Outdoors Victoria News

The team at OV :)
Thank you for your support and interest in the work of Outdoors Victoria over 2018, it gives our staff and Board team the energy and drive to continue supporting the Outdoors sector across Victoria.

OV's Annual Report FY 2018 provides a review of what we have been working on over the last financial year. Many of those projects continue and will come to fruition in this financial year with others growing further in their impact in following years.
We look forward to working with a number of businesses, not for profits, and Victorian government departments and agencies in 2019, for the benefit of the sector and the wider Victorian community.
The agency, Sport and Recreation Victoria, is moving from DHHS to the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions (DJPR). We will be meeting with Minister Martin Pakiula, whose portfolio includes Tourism & Sport and Major Events, early in 2019. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), with Maternal Child Health and Early Parenting Portfolios have moved from DET to DHHS, and is part of  Minister Mikakos’s Health portfolio. In consultation with a number of Nature Play/Bush Kinder representative groups, we have been in continuous dialogue with the office of Minister Mikakos, exploring the provision of professional Bush Kinder facilitators to get more children right across Victoria more active, physically literate and happier learners.

We also look forward to continuing our positive working relationships with the Department of Education (DET) led by Minister, Deputy Premier Merlino including reviewing the Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors; in partnership with Parks Victoria and several subject associations, a project to boost the capacity for Primary teachers to do more outdoor learning with their students; and are in dialogue around boosting career options for all Victorians in regional areas via a proposed project under the Workforce Training Innovation Fund.

We also will continue working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), with Minister D'Ambrosio overseeing Energy, Environment and Climate Change and now Solar Homes. 
Minister D’Ambrosio’s office and DELWP personnel have both identified the massive value to Biodiversity 2037, of local people learning about their local environment and have supported the build of a unique gateway 10 week course, Nature Stewards, coming in 2019.

There is international interest and enthusiasm for this project, and Nature Stewards were invited and presented at the USA's Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs national conference in New Orleans this September.
Please connect with me if you have innovative solutions that you consider Outdoors Victoria can work on to advance the sector. Then fasten your helmets, carabiners and lifejackets for an exciting journey with Outdoors Victoria in 2019!
Yours Outdoors
Andrew Knight

Education Outdoors Conference 2019

Friday May 31 – Saturday June 1

Federation University,
University Dr, Mount Helen, Ballarat

Pre-conference Day, Thursday, 30th May: A series of workshops and activities will be held at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre...more info to come in 2019

Education Outdoors Conference 2019
Expressions of Interest to present: submissions open until

14th March 2019 SUBMIT HERE

We will be announcing Exhibitor packages and Ticket prices in the next newsletter in Feb, 2019.

Keynote Speakers 

We are excited to announce our 3 keynote speakers for the conference in 2019

Doug Humann AM 

Doug will be delivering the inaugural Dr Brian Nettleton Lecture on Friday May 31.
Doug is the Chair of Landcare Australia & Convenor- National Parks Advisory Council. He has had around 40 years involvement in regional Australia including 30 years leadership experience in the environmental sector. 

Merinda Dryden

Merinda is a Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta young woman living in Melbourne and currently working as an Aboriginal Training and Development Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. (VACCA)
She is passionate about ensuring that the voices of young people are heard in the development of suicide prevention solutions for Aboriginal communities moving forward.

Sally Goldner

Sally is a Diversity trans-relator, her involvement of nineteen years in Victoria’s queer communities includes Transgender Victoria, co-facilitator of Transfamily, presenter of 3 CR’s “Out of the Pan” and Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance Victoria.
She is an educator, speaker, MC and occasional performer (all in contrast to her original accountancy training) …and watch this space for more to come!
In the spirit of being inclusive, has your club or organisation thought of running a PRIDE CUP event?

"The Pride Cup harnesses the power of sport to send a strong message of hope, inclusion and acceptance to LGBTIQ+ athletes, officials and supporters." 

If you don't know where to start or want more information, then check out the Pride Cup website and download your own handbook which has everything you'll need to organise a successful event.

Australian AAS: Challenge Courses Activity Good Practice Guide released for public comment- closing on 17th Dec

The Australian AAS draft Challenge Courses Good Practice Guide, containing all of the activity specific content for this adventure activity has just been released for public comment.
Submissions close the 17 December 2018 (9.00am AEDT). To read, download the draft or make a submission go to:
The Australian AAS and Good Practice Guides will provide a good practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of a wide range of outdoor adventure activities.

OV Membership

BIG thanks to Latrobe University Bendigo for signing up as new OV Affiliate Plus member:
You can view a list of their OE related course information here

& thank you to these organisations renewing their membership! 

Trust for Nature Resources

For VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies Trust for Nature is the lead private-land conservation agency in Victoria, and has helped with the protection in perpetuity of more than 100 000 hectares of important habitat on private land over the past 46 years. As part of its statutory charter to provide educational opportunities, the Trust has a range of resources for use in higher-school environmental and geography studies, including access to some of its conservation reserves around the State. For more information go to and the associated pages, or contact Trust for Nature directly on (03) 86315888.

Registration Reminder: Careers In the Outdoors Day

When: 27 March 2019
Where: Victoria University, Footscray Campus

A day of workshops and information for students in Years 9-12

Building on the success of this years 'Careers in the Outdoors Day', Outdoors Victoria and Victoria University are again teaming up and are excited to announce the dates for next year.

The day will provide years 9-12 students with an opportunity to meet with industry experts and discover potential career pathways in the rapidly growing outdoors sector. Read more & download flyer

If you are interested in presenting a workshop contact Andrew or Robyn, 

To register your school

Please Contact Barbara Opar (VU SARIP Coordinator) by email at by phone on 03 9919 4166

In other news

  • Support Rider Opportunity: Dave is looking for the right person who wants to experience a cycling expedition, fulfilling the role of Support Rider & Personal Support Carer. He/she will be part of a small team assisting a male high-level quadriplegic to handcycle from Melbourne to Darwin. For more information contact Dave at:
  • Change to Walking a hit with primary school families: A new program trialled in two Victorian primary schools has resulted in an impressive 34 per cent increase in walking trips to school. The Change to Walking program was funded by VicHealth and delivered by Victoria Walks and partnering councils at Epping Views Primary School in the City of Whittlesea and Bourchier Street Primary School in the City of Greater Shepparton. The six-week program ran from early May to late June and used “nudges” (small simple prompts and incentives) to encourage students and families to walk, cycle or scoot at least one more day a week.
  • A Global Movement To Inspire Love Of Nature: Have you discovered #NatureforAll Global?  There are heaps of interesting resources including the comic books page, aiming to make "Sustainable Development Goals accessible to the citizens of the world of all ages through comics"

  • ACHPER'S International Conference 2019 
    Reconfiguring HPE and Sport to Enrich Communities. 14-16 January | AIS Canberra - Program out now 
  • Do you need a new podcast to listen to over the holidays? Check out Intrepid Travel's Flight of Fancy It is a exploration of all things travel, for those with a thirst for seeing the world.

A blast from the past for your summer reading pleasure 

Have a look at what we found in the archives during the year. It was such a delightful read, full of everything from serious articles to poetry, to recipes for your camping trip! Check out what was going on waaaay back in the day and enjoy reading by the camp fire :)

Send us your news items for the next newsletter
by 7th February, 2019

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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