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Welcome World! It's hard not to get excited seeing the arrivals at Sydney Airport today, as we welcome back the world to Australia. What does this mean? Well, our tourism opportunities are once again on the horizon, our staffing shortages are in arm's reach of reducing and as a mark of one of the last remaining restrictions, it means we are now forging ahead and not looking back. A message that's more than seeing people in what has been a deserted international airport.

Changes to COVID Rules in NSW & ACT Masks will no longer be mandated in most settings in NSW and ACT from next Friday, February 25. They will no longer be required inside venues, grocery stores, or offices. The exception will be on public transport, flights, in airports, and in "high-risk" settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities. However, masks will still be encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others and for customer-facing retail staff to protect vulnerable people who must access these premises and services. Remember that COVID is still out there and we need to protect the vulnerable and our staff and adhere to your COVID safe plans to prevent spread and infection. If in doubt please reach out to the team at Outdoors NSW & ACT for guidance.

ONLY 5 Mentee/Mentor Places Left... Outdoors NSW & ACT mentoring program will be confirming its first cohort this week, and there are only a few places left! Ideal for progressing outdoor leaders that are seeking guidance in career development, personal development, or just would like to meet more people in the industry. Its starts 1 March, with structured content that becomes opportunities to discover more about yourself, the industry and the opportunities before you. The program is also open to mentors who want to support others in the industry and provide their own learnings to others. Professionally facilitated this program will require some commitment of time but minimal and flexible. This program is FREE for employees of Outdoors NSW & ACT members. Don't miss out and register today as places are limited. Farewell Lesley! Last Friday we said goodbye to one of our own as she takes on a new challenge in another chapter. Lesley has been part of the fabric of Outdoors NSW & ACT since 2019 and has been your sounding board, your support and anything you have needed from your peak body, she has touched in one way or another. We wish her all the very best!

In the Media Gateshead school fined for the field trip which ended in mountain rescue... A school has been fined £30,000 for taking a group of teenage pupils on a dangerous mountain hike. The trip happened in March 2020 amid ice and snow and now the court ruling has held them liable as "mistakes were made". A rescue team found the group in darkness and led them to safety after one boy slipped on ice and another had become separated. View Article here

The Child Safe Scheme New legislative changes in NSW required all organisations working in a Child-related environment need to comply with the new Child Safe Standards commencing this month - 1 February 2022. It means that certain child-related organisations must implement Child Safe Standards. You can find some tools to assist you on the Children's Guardian Website or view our connect and share session that went through the 10 standards.

Outdoor Education Provider Grants The effects of the Term 4 ban on outdoor education sent shockwaves through the industry and many of our operators with costs they couldn't recover. The NSW Government announced last Sunday that there will be $14M available for application by those affected. Details on eligibility and how to apply will be available in coming weeks. Outdoors NSW & ACT together with partners ACA & CVA are working with the department on when these funds will be available.

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