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Program revealed for 2018 International Parks and Leisure Congress

Program revealed for 2018 International Parks and Leisure Congress
June 8, 2018

World Urban Parks and Parks and Leisure Australia have launched the program for the International Parks and Leisure Congress (IPLC), being held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 14th to 17th October.

With the theme the Future of Spaces and Places in Cities, an exceptional line-up of speakers will address the impact urban growth and density will have on parks, recreation and sport globally and how parks and recreation professionals can respond to ensure open spaces are protected and lifestyles enhanced. 

Introducing the Congress theme and program, World Urban Parks Chief Executive, Neil McCarthy explains “it is a rare moment in time where the conversation regarding the importance of urban parks is so central to the future of the world’s liveability, and to be able to have this world congress in the world’s most liveable city provides a rare opportunity to bring the world leaders and experts together to explore our cities futures”

“It is also a unique opportunity to explore and understand the emerging ideas from the London National Parks City concept through to the IUCN’s Nature for All and how Bogota Columbia has become one of the innovators in city enjoyment through their parks.”

Parks and Leisure Australia President, Martin Lambert adds “we are extremely proud to partner with World Urban Parks to host this major international Congress. 

“The future of our cities depends upon us, the people who plan and provide sport and recreation spaces and places ensuring the social, physical, mental and ecological health of our communities. 

“Governments across the globe are recognising just how critical the provision of parks, sport and recreation infrastructure is.

“For any professional who works in our industry, this is a unique opportunity to attend an international conference at a first class venue in one of the most liveable cities in the world”

IPLC program speakers include:

• Dr Julia Miranda Londono, Deputy Chair International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, Columbia
• Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner, USA
• Gil Penalosa, 8-80 Cities, Canada
• Bishop Ngobeli, Johannesburg Parks Commissioner, South Africa
• Jayne Miller, President, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, USA
• Karen Keenleyside, Vice Chair People and Parks, Canada
• Dan Raven-Ellison, National Geographic, UK
• Dr Melanie Davern, Co-director, Healthy Livable Cities Group, USA
• Liliana D’Ambrosio, Victoran Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
• Jason Fox, leadership advisor
• Margaret Garmley, Office of Public Works, Ireland

50 concurrent sessions across five streams in the Congress program means delegates can chose from 

Future/Spaces/Places/Cities/Sport while nine technical tours addressing the most pressing issues for parks, leisure and sport professionals. 

Topped off with an outstanding social program, the highlight being the PLA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner. 

Click here for more information on IPLC 2018 in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

19th May 2018 - WORLD’S PROTECTED AREAS SUFFER ‘SHOCKING’ HUMAN IMPACT 

14th March 2018 - PARKS AND RECREATION MAKES MASSIVE CONTRIBUTION TO US ECONOMY

23rd February 2018 - VALUE OF GREEN SPACE TO BE CELEBRATED THROUGH PARKS WEEK 2018 

22nd February 2018 - PARKS BODY BACKS INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA’S CALL FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON GREEN SPACE

27th January 2018 - REPORT SHOWS LITTERING INCREASE AT PARKS AND BEACHES 

7th January 2018 - WORLD URBAN PARKS MAKES A DIFFERENCE

3rd January 2018 - YARDSTICK UPDATE SHOWS HIGH LEVEL OF SATISFACTION WITH PUBLIC PARKS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 

1st December 2017 - WORLD URBAN PARKS ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE 

26th November 2017 - NEW NATURE PLAY SPACE OPENS IN CAIRNS 

28th October 2017 - COMMUNITY GREENING WINS NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY

27th October 2017 - FIRST CERTIFIED PARKS AND LEISURE PROFESSIONALS NAMED AT PLA NATIONAL AWARDS 

5th October 2017 - PARKS AND LEISURE AUSTRALIA TO MANAGE GREEN FLAG AWARD PARKS PROGRAM 

30th September 2016 - WORLD PARKS CONGRESS RESOLUTIONS RECOGNISE THE VALUE OF URBAN OPEN SPACE 

11th March 2017 - GREEN FLAGS FLYING OVER AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC PARKS 

8th February 2017 - PARKS WEEK TO HIGHLIGHT THE VALUE OF PARKS AND OPEN SPACES

22nd April 2015 - WORLD’S PROTECTED NATURAL AREAS RECEIVE EIGHT BILLION VISITS A YEAR 

27th July 2012 - REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWING IMPORTANCE OF URBAN GREEN SPACE 

22nd July 2011 - KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL WEEK TO FOCUS ON NATION’S WATERWAYS 


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