18 March, 2020
A message from Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Executive Officer, Dom Courtney,
"We are living in interesting and challenging times - not only has the outdoor sector had to deal with drought, fires and floods in recent months; we are now faced with the very serious threat of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Outdoor activities are good for physical and mental health.
The outdoors is still open to most of the Queensland population, and many outdoor activities can be undertaken while maintaining social distancing. We can still go for a bushwalk or a bike ride, we can throw a frisbee at the park, and we can still visit National Parks.
Some of us will still go rock climbing, paddling, trail bike riding or horse riding. We may need to modify and adapt our participation and delivery of activities, but we can do that. The outdoor sector has many people who are used to modifying and adapting as circumstances change.
There will be people and organisations who are terribly affected by this health crisis. QORF is committed to assisting the Queensland outdoor sector and the broader active industry to recover. We will provide information and provide opportunities for the outdoor community to have their say on what is happening and what actions could be taken to assist.
The outdoor community may not develop a vaccine for COVID-19, but we want to be part of the solution. We want to help people to maintain their physical and mental health throughout their lives, including during times of crisis.
With social distancing restrictions in place that will limit the opportunities for body contact sports and team events, why not get outside and try an outdoor activity instead – go for a walk, ride a bike or take a canoe out on the river. Fresh air and sunshine are good for both your physical and mental health. Live live outdoors!"