On a wintry bluebird afternoon in the Blue Mountains, over 25 local outdoor business owners, educational institutions, council officers, national parks personnel, and six of our committee members met at the Glenella Guesthouse in Blackheath to discuss Outdoors NSW. Discussion that ensued after a presentation, led by our Strategic Business Officer, Liz Horne was thoughtful and passionate. The following questions/concerns/ideas/issues were raised by the Blue Mountains outdoors community:

1. How can schools ensure that Outdoor Education becomes an ATAR recognised subject?
2. Outdoors NSW supports the new Outdoor Recreation Training Package review by co-hosting workshops and reviewing drafts.
3. How can businesses work on staff longevity within their organisations? Can Outdoors NSW work on Workforce Development?
4. How can Outdoors NSW or members ensure the industry has a voice in Destination Management Plans? You can find out which management plan you fall under by visiting here.
5. Will Outdoors NSW continue to work on Fair Wages? See our June newsletter for the Fair Work Ombudsman Update.
6. Can Outdoors NSW lobby government for more supportive funding for Outdoor Recreation at TAFE?

Outdoors NSW is committed to listening to its members. And to working with our members on their concerns. The reality is – the more members we have – the LARGER voice we have with regards to the above concerns. Our membership is growing and we need it to keep growing to ensure we can continue to advance the outdoor industry. The voice in the Blue Mountains is loud and we hope to gain more members from the region in the future so that we can act on the concerns and questions raised.

We will be hosting another Regional Forum on the 14th of December on the South Coast. We are looking for a venue to host the forum. Please email Joelle at info@outdoorsnsw.org.au  if you know of a suitable venue. We look forward to meeting with the local outdoor community in the South Coast.