Victoria’s Outdoor Policy Agenda

#1: Help kids get outdoors.
#2: Invest in the regional economy.
#3. Unlock the potential of the outdoor community.

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  • Document Name: 2014-outdoor-policy-agenda
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visionsofvictoria1056262-304 resized 20This year, Victoria has the chance to reinforce the role of outdoor education, recreation and tourism as a cornerstone of our economy and our communities.
We should embrace this opportunity. Living life outdoors is the Aussie way. It is the best way for our kids to become healthy, happy, well-rounded and independent adults. And in terms of bang for buck, it is one of the best ways of achieving public health, wellbeing, and regional economic development goals.
There is much to celebrate already. Victoria is blessed with landscapes of great beauty, and a culture that draws us to the beach, the bush, the rivers and snowfields. We are recognised internationally, for splendid natural places worth visiting, but also as a global centre of excellence in outdoor and environmental education.
Our outdoor-oriented lifestyle remains vibrant, but it also faces challenges in the modern world. Our children are drawn as much to screen-based entertainment as they are to outdoor activity, and their health and development can suffer as a result. And both economic pressures and environmental changes present major challenges for the outdoor community.
To help us respond to these challenges, Outdoors Victoria encourages all political parties to seize the opportunity to make outdoor life a central component of their policy development and election commitments.