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11 October 2023 - News Update here 

(NBONSA AGM, Helmets and surfing, 50 years of Climbing Club of South Australia, IPhone SOS, National Pars Updates, Ecovoice, Cooeeadds, Active Ed turns 30, WFA in Adelaide)

29 September 2023News Update here 

(Wilderness First Aid in SA, Nature Festival, Nature Positive, HEAL 2023, Climate Change survey, International Outdoor Education Research Conference Japan, Careers Expo streams, collecting data)

11 JULY 2023

Dear NBONSA Friends,

A crowded update - apologies but a lot is happening in the outdoors! 


  1. The NBONSA facebook site is growing in followers. The site includes access to some of the information outlined in emails as well as additional resources and information. You can follow the site here.
  2. Richard Harris is livestreaming an interview by Julia Lester about his new book on July 27 at 6.00pm. Free registration can be found here.
  3. You may be interested in the activities of HEAL, the Healthy Environments and Lives Network.  HEAL "is a catalyst for research, knowledge exchange, and translation into policy and practice to bring measurable improvements to our health, the Australian health system, and the environment." They have a number of research activities, small grants available for research activities, on-going projects and communities of practice. You can subscribe to a free monthly newsletter. Details can be found here
  4. July 1 was the 40-year anniversary of the saving of the Franklin River. Read about this landmark environmental conservation campaign here.
  5. How good are Orienteering SA at providing free and accessible orienteering to outdoor programs in South Australia? The latest SA Orienteer Quarterly highlights the vast array of activities they are involved with and can be downloaded here.
  6. The Nature Festival gets bigger each year. If your organisation would like to host an event as part of this festival you have up until August 10 to register here.
  7. Save the Date! The 2024 Outdoor Health Australia Forum is being held Sunday 14-19 April at Spring Beach Tasmania / Lutruwita - details here.
  8. NBONSA is tracking well on its 12-month strategic plan (attached). We are keen to identify big issues for NBONSA to tackle - either directly or indirectly. Issues we are currently tackling are networking and communication, access to Parks and Forests, post-flood access to rivers, women's participation in adventure, skills shortages, TAFE fees, reconciliation planning, scheduling of outdoor first aid courses among others. If you or your members have another issue you think is important for NBONSA to tackle then send a reply email with your thoughts.
  9. NBONSA has produced a flyer to summarise key learnings from our Women in the Outdoors Forum in March this year (attached). A good foundation to build on!
  10. The NBONSA web page is slowly gaining traction - our page display data is below with over 390 page opens in the last month. We still have a lot of work to do, but it looks like we are on the right track.
  11. The OEASA Awards dinner is a key fixture on the SA Outdoor Education Calendar and has now run for over 20 years. The event this year is August 4 with more information here.
  12. One of the requests for NBONSA was to support a regular and reliable calendar of Remote and Wilderness First Aid courses in South Australia. One date that has been confirmed is Feb 23-25 2024 with Wilderness First Aid Australia booked by Big Heart Adventures open to NBONSA members. Save the date and booking details (with other possible dates) to be advised soon. 
  13. Thanks again to our members! NBONSA are at 17 financial members (also below) representing thousands of people who get outdoors. We'd love more! Your organisation can join here.
  14. Last e-news we reported on the tragic loss of Tatiana Tenikoff. Among the many tributes from her friends and work colleagues was a paddle to the Murray Mouth on the 2nd July with her Canoe the Coorong colleagues, with a small floating tribute and on-water get together. Photos by Leon Mead are below. 
  15. On a brighter note...
  16. PS - Don't forget spread the word to your members and register for the Careers Expo on August 17.  Registration via Eventbrite here or via the link on the website here.



 Canoe the Coorong tribute 1


Canoe the Coorong tribute 2



NBONSA Members:




Dear NBONSA Friends,

The nature-based outdoor community mourns the loss of 22-year-old Tatiana Tenikoff who was involved in a car accident in the North Eastern suburbs 3 weeks ago. Tatiana graduated from Regency TAFE in 2022 with a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and had been working with Active Education. An unimaginable situation for family, friends, peers and work colleagues to lose someone who stood out as having such a bright future.  Our thoughts are with you all. 

In more positive news,

  1. A reminder to touch base with your members and colleagues to register for the inaugural Outdoor Careers Expo.  on August 17.  
  2. The National Centre for Risk and Readiness is holding an Incident Response workshop at the Lilydale Conference centre prior to the Outdoors Victoria Conference on July 12 specifically designed for middle managers. Presenters will be Claire Dallat and Deb Ajango, both internationally known for their work in safety management. Registrations here.
  3.  Tickets are almost sold out for the Outdoors Victoria Conference being held July 13-14 at Lilydale - a fantastic effort by them. Final tickets available here.
  4. For those that are keen to hear from the world's best outdoor education researchers, the 10th International Outdoor Education Research Conference will be held on 4-8 March in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time the conference has been held in Asia and includes some amazing field trips. Details here.
  5. Save the Date: The OEASA Awards Dinner is scheduled for August 4. Tickets and details will be released soon. 
  6. The snow season has officially opened, but unfortunately without natural snow. The good news is that it is now starting to snow with hopefully more to come. The Bureau of Meteorology has a dedicated Alpine Weather site here for the latest update.
  7. If you are looking for some light winter reading, how about the MarsdenJacobs report on the value of nature-based activities to the South Australia economy? The report can be found here.
  8. Park of the month is Deep Creek for those of us brave enough to check it out with the wet weather forecast. If you go, don't forget to download the National Parks and Wildlife Tours App and click on the Wild South Coast Way link to hear from Ramindjeri Elder Mark Koolmatrie about the significance of the area and the place among other recordings that can be found here.
  9. The Nature Conservation Society of South Australia is 60 years old (happy birthday!). The current campaign is to join with other likeminded organisations to ensure protection of 30% of natural areas by 2030. Details can be found here.
  10. Got a spare 3 months? How about cycling around Australia? How about doing it aged 53 in the shortest time for a female? Story about the inspirational Lea Ashford of Queensland can be found here.
  11. Ivan Tiwu Copley and Mark Elliot have worked with the Mt Barker Council and others to produce a fantastic resource about Permangk culture and history - details can be found here.


Take care on the roads....

Yours Outdoors,

The NBONSA Committee Helen, Tim, Mike, Julie, Justin, Joss, Lisa, Jakarra, Lawrie, Scott and guests.


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Dear NBONSA friends,


No doubt those that knew Science, Maths, HPE and Outdoor Education teacher Simon Bacanello would have been deeply shocked at his taking by a shark at Elliston recently (Guardian story here). Condolences to family, friends, colleagues and students that knew him well.  Simon was an extremely popular teacher and friend to many and will be sorely missed by those that knew him.

On a more positive note....


The rapid growth of the outdoor sector and the departure of many staff during COVID-19 has resulted in a skills shortage and more opportunities than ever for a career, part-time employment, professional development and/or contributing to society through volunteerism.

NBONSA is hosting the first dedicated Outdoor Careers Expo at the Karen Rolton Pavillion on Thursday August 17, 1-5pm. The event aims to showcase employment, training and sector opportunities for future school leavers, TAFE students, Uni students and career changers. Preliminary details are attached. Please save the date for your calendars. Registration for presenters and attendees to be available soon.

In other news....

  1. An inspiring story about a 19-year-old female undertaking the 650 km solo traverse of the Great Dividing Range. 
  2. Orienteering remains one of the best ways to get a brain and body workout, along with minimum dose of time in nature. Events are a great way to build social connection or you can download maps from many areas to organise your own non-competitive event. Details here.
  3. Membership of NBONSA is steadily growing with 16 financial members now listed on the NBONSA web page. 
  4. Apple iPhone 14 to include a satellite-based SOS feature. See the Guardian article here. The fine print - only free for 2 years and not clear thereafter.
  5. The world-famous fat tyre festival is again being held on the June long weekend. Melrose comes alive for this event and is a result of a lot of hard work from volunteers passionate about Melrose and cycling.
  6. Quite likely it has already popped up in your news feed, but if not check out 'We are Explorers' - an online magazine with contributions from around Australia and New Zealand. Warning - don't open this link if you are in a hurry! Check out the story on a recent through hike of the 1200km Heysen Trail.
  7. 'Save the Date' - the next National Outdoor Health Australia Forum will be in Tasmania April 17-22 in 2024.
  8. If you are seeking training in Adventure Therapy you may be interested in the offerings of Adventure Works. A course 'Foundations of Adventure Therapy Practice' will commence in July with details here. 
  9. The Australian Camps Association welcomes a new CEO, Peter McDougall. No doubt you can catch him at the next ACA conference in Adelaide, September 20-22 - 'Save the Date' for this even too!Yours Outdoors,

The NBONSA Committee Helen, Tim, Mike, Julie, Justin, Joss, Lisa, Jakarra, Lawrie, Scott and guests.

You can follow NBONSA on facebook here.

News Update 9/5/23:

  1. An excellent online navigation resource from GeoScience Australia can be found here.
  2. Many folks saw the Southern Aurora - particularly from Southern Areas - recently. Keep an eye out on clear nights but it looks like we are going to see them more often - see ABC report here.
  3. A comprehensive (systematic) review of prescribing nature as a treatment reports effectiveness in lowering blood pressure, anxiety, depression and improving cardiometabolic health. The link to the study can be found here.
  1. Park of the month is Para Wirra.
  1. Operation Flinders is hosting a fundraising breakfast with Internationally renowned adventurer and local hero Tim Jarvis for breakfast on July 6. Tickets are available here.
  1. A 'The Conversation' article about David Suzuki's text review and re-release can be found here. 
  1.  Want to be part of the discussion about Gender Equity in SA? You might like to attend 'The Power of Her' Adelaide Oval Aug 8. Information here. Better get your wallet ready though...
  1. Tim Jarvis again with free film on the issues facing Macquarie Island - on May 31 at Mercury Theatre - tickets here.

Yours Outdoors,

The NBONSA Committee Helen, Tim, Mike, Julie, Justin, Joss, Lisa, Jakarra, Lawrie, Scott plus Micha and Kylie (guests).



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