Redlands wins again for outdoor recreation

The accolades keep coming for Redland City’s outdoor recreation and events, with major wins at the recent Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Awards (QORF).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the QORF Government Achievement Award recognised Council’s Enhancing the Visitor Experience Program and the highly-popular Redlands Track Park.

“The QORF awards celebrate excellence in outdoor recreation and this win shines the spotlight on the work Council and the community are doing to promote and enhance our outdoor recreation areas,” Cr Williams said.

“QORF is a leading not-for-profit industry body representing outdoor recreation groups, so to be recognised by them is a significant achievement.

“Our Enhancing the Visitor Experience program continues to build momentum and this award not only recognises its success, but the success of a project directly linked to it – our Redlands Track Park.

“In what is a glowing endorsement of our outdoor recreation programs, not only was Redland City Council a shared winner of the QORF award, Redland IndigiScapes Centre was also a finalist.

“Other Redlands programs were also recognised, with Kindilan outdoor discovery taking out the Encouraging Participation award.

“The Rats Cycling Club also picked up a win for their ‘Chicks in the Sticks’ mountain biking event held at Karingal Scout Camp in Mt Cotton.

“All up this meant three wins and one finalist for Redlands programs, so there was plenty for our city to be proud of at this year’s awards.

“The achievements we’ve had can be greatly attributed to the engaged community we are working with – we have so many individuals and groups volunteering their own time and efforts into making our tracks and parks even greater places to visit.

“These are the latest in a list of accolades for Redlands’ outdoor experiences – it’s great that we are becoming as well-known for our land-based activities and resources as for our beautiful bay.”

The QORF award follows recent coverage on Channel 7’s The Great South East of Redland Track Park and a SEQ Trails Alliance March 2016 report card giving Redlands an A rating as a standout performer amongst SEQ trails.