Adventure Tourism Shines at the NSW Tourism Awards
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
3M ago
White Bay Terminal in Rozelle, Sydney, saw the gathering of over 450 people to mark the 33rd NSW Tourism Awards. Hosted by the Tourism Industry Council in partnership with Destination NSW, the event acknowledged adventure tourism providers spanning categories such as Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism, Take 3 for the Sea Litter Prevention, Tour and Transport, Caravan & Camping Holiday Parks, and Tourism Events. Dr Phil Hamdorf, President of Outdoors NSW & ACT, conveyed his enthusiasm, stating, "It was an exceptional evening where we observed our nature-focused operators receiving well-deser ..read more
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Enhancing Safety in Australia's Backcountry: The Draft Snow Guidance Note
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
4M ago
Australia's stunning alpine regions draw adventurers, skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts every winter. However, the allure of untouched wilderness, picturesque mountains, and snow comes with its own set of challenges and risks. To ensure a safer and more organised experience for everyone, the Backcountry Committee of Outdoors NSW & ACT has created the Draft Snow Guidance Note. This document was the basis of the Victorian Snow Good Practice Guide from 2012 and has been updated to provide assistance for guiding dependent groups to navigate the risk management process and increasing the awarenes ..read more
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LIGHTNING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES UPDATE
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
4M ago
In the lead up to the summer storm season, the Outdoors NSW & ACT Incident Response Committee has been reviewing the issue of lightning and outdoor activities, and the Severe Weather Guidance Note that currently forms part of the AAAS Standard. Australia has an Australian Standard in Lightning Protection (Australian Standard: Lightning protection AS 1768:2021), which is currently the guiding principle the Outdoor Industry should be aware of. Australian Standards can be obtained through purchase from the Australian Standards website or borrowed from various libraries. The standard indicates ..read more
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The Outcome from the Voice Referendum
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
4M ago
We wanted to take a moment to address the disappointing result of the recent Voice Referendum, which many of us had hoped would be a significant step towards recognising and empowering our First Nations peoples in Australia. While the outcome may not have been what we desired, it is crucial that we do not lose hope or momentum in our efforts to support and uplift Aboriginal culture. The outdoor industry has long been a platform for celebrating the beauty of nature and the diverse cultures that call Australia home. Our landscapes have witnessed thousands of years of rich Aboriginal heritage, an ..read more
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New Directors help set the Vision for the Outdoors
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
4M ago
Outdoors NSW & ACT Limited announces new Directors after their 2023 Annual General Meeting as they celebrate 39 years of excellence Outdoors NSW & ACT Limited, the peak body for the outdoor industry, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Parramatta this week following a successful industry workshop focused on future challenges and strategic planning for the outdoor industry. The event was held in partnership with Small Business Month to ensure the workshop assisted participants to help with their small business health, brand and teams as they navigate the next few years challenges ..read more
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Compliments & Suggestions
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
5M ago
From the Outdoors NSW & ACT Submission to National Parks Wildlife Service for Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd National Park Draft Plan of Management 2023. Outdoors NSW & ACT's (ONSWACT) aim is to advocate and promote responsible and sustainable access to our parks so that we can continue to connect people with nature for their health and well-being. We understand that this Plan of Management (POM) is also a delicate balance between conservation and access as the most visited National Park in Australia. We appreciate the National Parks & Wildlife Service's (NPWS) effo ..read more
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Where does the Outdoors fit in the NSW Education System?
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
5M ago
As the deadline closed for a crucial process, it urged us to write this article about how we must do better when it comes to the NSW Education system. Yesterday, the New South Wales Education Standards Authority closed its feedback process for feedback on the draft creative arts K–6, HSIE K–6, PDHPE K–6, science and technology K–6, geography (mandatory) 7–10, history (mandatory) 7–10, PDHPE 7–10 and visual arts 7–10 syllabuses. As a representative of the Outdoor Education sector in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Outdoors NSW & ACT responded by the deadlin ..read more
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The Voice
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
6M ago
Our board recently deliberated on our stance regarding the Voice referendum. They unanimously resolved to support two key principles: Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart: Our commitment to this pivotal statement underscores our dedication to recognising and valuing the cultures and wisdom of our First Nations peoples. Endorsing the YES Vote in the Voice Referendum: We firmly believe that a First Nation’s Voice to Parliament is a crucial stride towards better policy decisions. By welcoming the voices of Indigenous communities, we enhance our industry's ability to incorporate diverse p ..read more
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The Importance of ANZSCO Codes
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
6M ago
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is an essential classification system used by the Australian and New Zealand governments to categorise and standardise occupations for various purposes. ANZSCO codes are crucial for several reasons: Migration and Visa Purposes: ANZSCO codes play a significant role in Australia's immigration system. They help determine eligibility for skilled migration visas. Different visas have different skill and occupation requirements, and ANZSCO codes help match applicants' skills and qualifications with the appropriate visa ca ..read more
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Joining the Outdoor Industry's Connect & Share Sessions
Outdoors NSW & ACT Blog
by Lori Modde
7M ago
Ever had a chuckle over a tech hiccup? On our journey through life, snow, and the art of screen-sharing, today we traversed parenting's intricacies, the impact of weather patterns on ski resorts, and how the passage of time seems ever more rapid. Together, we navigate the challenges of modern living, sharing the laughter and the learning. Every Friday we ask our members to join us online if they are around and have an hour to be informed on all sorts of topics... or if they can't, they can now access 149 episodes in their own Outdoors NSW & ACT membership portal. As we approach our 150th e ..read more
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