Our aim is to build capacity and capability to be able to predict, prepare for, mitigate & respond to events, to learn and adapt to be more resilient and safer in the face of a changing climate, so that all Australians and visitors, wherever they live and whatever their age, ability and cultural background, are able to enjoy and benefit from being in the outdoors and feel safe in doing so.
DID YOU KNOW
There has been a decline of around 15% in April to October rainfall in the south-west of Australia since 1970. Across the same region, May to July rainfall has seen the largest decrease, of around 19% since 1970.
(source: BOM State of the Climate 2022)
The National Centre for Outdoor Risk and Readiness is a collaborative initiative by Outward Bound Australia for outdoor practitioners across Australia.
Dr Loren Miller
Co-Chair & Executive Director
Outward Bound Australia – NatCORR Project Leader
Outward Bound Australia
Australian Outward Bound Development Foundation
It’s a long and ongoing road to recover and renew. Outward Bound Australia is not alone in this issue.
Millions of Australians, school students, families and tourists visit and enjoy our natural environment for school camps, holidays, recreational sports and activities, relaxation, wellbeing, and adventurous expeditions.
Outdoor education and recreation service providers across Australia provide a critical means for many to access, experience and enjoy the benefits of being in nature. However, bushfires, floods and extreme weather events are increasing in number and impact in Australia.
To adequately mitigate the risk for communities and for outdoor practitioners there is a need for a coordinated, national program of research, capacity building and skills development to manage and reduce the risk and impact the changing climate brings.
This is NatCORR.
Outward Bound Australia has been successful in securing a $3.7m grant from the Federal Government towards a $7m National Centre for Outdoor Risk and Readiness to address these issues providing the Centre with a ‘home’ and running three years of programs across 4 key hubs.
These programs will help outdoor professionals to:
Access, understand, monitor and respond to weather and changing environmental conditions;
Evaluate and prepare for safe access and operations in volatile and impacted environments;
Assess risk, plan for responses and manage incidents;
Minimise natural ecosystem impacts and aid ecosystem recovery and resilience; and
Be financially and organisationally resilient and responsive in volatile and climate change impacted contexts.
Plan for success
NatCORR’s activities will drive a step-change across 4 key hubs:
In each hub, you’ll find information, resources, videos and downloads related to that area.
Weather & Environmental Conditions
Risk Management & Incident Response
Impact & mitigation
Economic & Social Resilience
OUTDOOR PROGRAMS & CAMPS
Evidence shows school outdoor education programs and camps significantly reduce anxiety and increase confidence.
50% INCREASE IN CREATIVITY
Studies show: A mere four days backpacking in nature improved people’s creativity by 50%
A simple experiment concluded that walking through nature before completing a memory test improved memory scores by 20%
National Parks provide a major boost to Australia’s economy, with nature-based tourism bringing $23 billion into the country every year.
By contrast, the estimated annual health services value of Australia’s national parks is around $145 billion ($100 billion USD) a year.
More than 180,000 students in Victoria alone visit parks each year to participate in education
Australians spent a total of 54.5 million nights caravan & camping in the year ending March 2019, a 6.5% increase over 2020.
35.5 million people visit NSW’s national parks each year. In Victoria, there are 50 million visits to national, state and metropolitan parks every year, 45 million visits to piers and jetties and 17 million visitor nights from tourists.