MEDIA RELEASE: $3.7 million for Outward Bound to Establish National Centre for Outdoor Risk and Readiness

The Liberal-National Government is delivering $3.7 million to Canberra icon Outward Bound to establish a National Centre for Outdoor Risk and Readiness (the Centre).

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said this new funding comes on the back of earlier grants received by Outward Bound this year through the National Bushfire Recovery Fund to restore buildings damaged by the Black Summer bushfires, and $440,000 towards repairs to the Orroral Road crossing to ensure access in times of emergency.

“The $3.7 million contribution from the Liberal-National Government towards establishing this Centre at Outward Bound is a vote of confidence not just in Outward Bound, but also in the outdoor education sector more broadly,” Senator Seselja said.

The Centre will support the outdoors industry to operate safely in natural environments, building partnerships for research, content, and training to upskill the outdoors profession in safe access evaluation, environmental remediation, understanding weather & fire conditions, technology utilisation, ecosystem protection, incident management and emergencies, compliance and regulation, insurance and finance, and leadership and decision making. 

“This funding is so important to enable Outward Bound to deliver programs that contribute to the resilience and readiness of over 1,000 outdoor businesses and organisations across Australia to be prepared to operate safely.”

“This will enhance the ongoing viability of outdoor businesses and safeguard workers and clients.”

“Many Canberrans will have fond memories of completing an Outward Bound course at school, or will have a child who has had the opportunity to experience one of their programs, forging lifelong friendships and growing as individuals and young leaders,” Senator Seselja said.

Loren Miller, Executive Director and Co-Chair of the Australian Outward Bound Foundation, was ‘ecstatic’ and ‘over the moon’ to receive news of the funding.

“It is so fantastic to have recognition for the amazing work that we do in getting young people out into the bush,” Dr Miller said.

“It's an enormous investment in our renewal after the bushfires and COVID and it really positions us to be able to support getting young people out into the bush and in adventure experiential education.”

“We’re the heart and heritage of outdoor education in Australia. Most other outdoor education organisations will have a staff member that came through Outward Bound or did an Outward Bound course.” 

“For us to be able to have a centre that continues to invest in professional development for outdoor educators and help the sector adapt to new challenges in terms of risk management to ensure that it's still accessible, and we can get young people out, safely into the bush, that's really important.” 

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SENATOR THE HON ZED SESELJA
Liberal Senator for the ACT