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Parks and Leisure Australia stages third Western Australian state conference

Parks and Leisure Australia stages third Western Australian state conference
May 4, 2018

Parks and Leisure Australia’s Western Australian branch has announced details of its third State conference.

Being held on the 21st and 22nd June at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, the conference will see streams of educational and informative speakers and workshops, exciting and new technical tours, a full two day trade show and exhibition, the Awards of Excellence and a special networking sundowner to cap it all off on the final day.

The theme for this year's conference is 'Growing Expectations' - a topic Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) believe that delegates will resonate with.

In a statement, Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) advise “PLA WA’s third State Conference this June builds on the success of our burgeoning professional development program and the inaugural conference held in 2014.

“It is held every two years to address trends and issues when planning, constructing, activating/programming and maintaining leisure and sporting places, spaces, programmes and facilities. The conference is an important chance for those in the parks and leisure industry to share ideas, discuss relevant concerns, hear about the latest trends and consider the future. What’s new, what to plan for and how to ensure all Western Australians have access to quality leisure and community sporting opportunities and infrastructure.

“In 2018, PLA WA will offer a two-day conference offering 54 presentations over six professional streams, six workshops and technical tours all targeting 300 professional practitioners from the leisure planning, leisure and aquatic facilities, sports Development, parks, environmental, events and community development sectors.

“The ‘Growing Expectations’ conference theme examines challenges for the industry in meeting community expectations for quality open space, sporting infrastructure, events, programmes and services against a climate of economic, environmental, and social resource limitations.”

Confirmed speakers include:

• Peter Wilkinson, Director, The Wilkinson Group
• Ms Dou Zhang, Director, Sasaki
• Dr Clare Hanlon, Vice President Sports Management Association of Australia and New Zealand
• Andrew Horabin, Principal, Bullshift
• Dan Popping, Engagement Manager, Bang the Table
• Justin Tamsett, Principal, Active Management
• Josh Byrne, Director, Josh Byrne & Associates
• Jeff Walkley, National Disability & Diversity Manager, Belgravia Foundation
• Steve Humphrey, Principal Project Manager (Design Development Director), Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Perth Stadium
• Paul Edwards, Site Architecture Studio (SITE)
• Matthew Batchelor, Director, Cox Architects
• Tony Butler, Facilities Manager, Town of Port Hedland
• Jo Davies General Manager & Alan Singer, Field Force Manager WACA
• Josh Bowler, Manager Participation and Engagement, WA Football Commission
• Rod Clements, CEO Basketball WA
• Liz Chetkovick, Community Netball Manager, WA Netball
• Josh Madden, Wembley Golf
• Graeme Hall, Places to Play Manager, Tennis West
• Corey Gray, Managing Director, LVX
• Nick Wilkinson, Manager of Leisure Services City of Canning
• David McMeekin, Lecturer, Curtin University
• Denver D’Cruz General Manager, Inclusion Solutions
• Ashlee Osborne, Senior Consultant, Alzheimer’s WA
• Terry Farrell, Director and Design, Nature Based Play
• Paul Barber, Managing Director, Arbor Carbon
• Travis McNaught, Regional Manager West Pilbara, Landcorp
• James Eggleston, Senior Analyst, Power Ledger
• Andrew Kikeros, Principal, Life Time Wise
• Matthew Southern, Leisure Program Coordinator, City of Swan
• Andrew Ng, State Health and Wellness Manager, Belgravia
• Susan Shand, Fitness and Aquatics Supervisor, City of Busselton
• Chris Earl, Recreation Program Coordinator, Curtin University
• Bernard Thorpe, Managing Partner, Shape Consulting
• Jim Singleton, Senior Project Planner, City of Wanneroo
• Michael King, Director, Otium Planning Group
• Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp
• Peter Minchin, Executive Director, Triathlon WA
• Matthew Batchelor, Director, Cox Architecture
• Sarah Graham, Partnership Manager, Act Belong Commit
• Keith Woodward, Deputy Chief Executive, Shire of Exmouth
• Peta Tuck, Events Coordinator, City of Busselton

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