board of directors
OCA Leadership Team
The role of the Outdoor Council of Australia is to represent the Outdoor community across Australia.
The membership of the board is strategically placed to have representation from peak bodies that are based in various states and territories, utilise the knowledge of peak organisations that work across the country to collectively challenge thinking and drive responsiveness and proactive actions to improve our sector.
Collectively we empower our industry to continue to provide services to communities across Australia that build skills, health and wellbeing outcomes.
Across the world, there is a lot of research about the effects of the Outdoor sector on communities. In Australia, whilst it is an emerging industry, it is fast being recognised as a proactive measure to increase people's health and well-being. We need to encourage more of our communities to connect with nature more often as it builds skills for life, resilience, eases tension and increases lung capacity amongst other researched benefits.
The more we increase this outdoor connection across all ages, from pre-school to retirement, we will continue to relieve the pressure on our health system and have healthier communities.
The OCA is very pleased that Tim Macartney-Snape has agreed to become our Patron and to be the public face of the organisation presenting outdoor recreation to a wider audience. Tim is a committed supporter of the power of the outdoors to positively affect lives, relationships and the environment itself.
"I agreed to be patron because I think that outdoor education should be a vital component of any school’s curriculum and of course we are lucky to have such a great resource for it in this country."