Host agency: City of Melbourne
Transport: Walking Tour
Host agency: City of Melbourne
Transport: Walking Tour
Host: Sport & Recreation Victoria
Transport: Walking Tour
The Domain Parklands are one of the most beautiful and treasured parklands within the City of Melbourne. Rich in history, the parklands are the setting for a number of unique destinations including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House, Shrine of Remembrance and Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The parklands cover an area of 123 hectares, with 1.8 km of frontage to the Yarra River. This tour will explore the parklands, focusing on the development of a new 20 year master plan for the Domain Parklands. A key ingredient of the master plan is the partnerships between the five Land Managers within the parklands. The Royal Botanic Gardens will introduce the master plan they are developing. The value of collaboration and opportunities that have arisen with these plans will be discussed.
Melbourne prides itself on its calendar of world class sporting events, including the Australian Open Tennis, the Boxing Day Test Match as well as national Australian Rules Fooball and soccer matches. Sporting culture is woven into the fabric of Melbourne and its people. Tour the world class facilities within Melbourne’s sports precinct – the MCG, Melbourne Park (including Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena) and AAMI Park which also host many concerts and similar events.
Located close to central Melbourne, Yarra Bend Park is home to the largest and most intact natural bushland near the city. Covering 265ha including approximately 12km of the scenic Yarra River, Yarra Bend Park attracts more than 1.5 million visits per year providing extensive recreation opportunities in natural and semi-natural settings. Facilities include sporting fields, a riverside cafe, an 18-hole golf course, cycling and walking trails and substantial picnic and off-lead dog walking areas. The park hosts diverse events from weddings to charitable fun runs with often over 1000 participants. The Yarra River slowly meanders through this natural setting and is popular for fishing, kayaking and rowing. The Main Yarra Trail, one of Melbourne’s busiest shared trails, traverses the park, providing links to adjacent suburbs and Melbourne Central Business District. On this tour you will see the diversity of what the park has to offer. A special highlight will be a visit to Bellbird Picnic Ground, the home of a grey-headed flying-fox (bat) colony. This is an opportunity to view the flying-fox colony and enjoy an onsite briefing. The flying-foxes began roosting at Yarra Bend Park in 2003 and it has been identified as one of the most suitable sites for a flying-fox campsite in Melbourne. The site provides one of the best opportunities to protect and provide for the species while minimizing conflicts between flying-foxes and people. Over Summer the colony can swell to over 30,000 individuals including young.
Hosted by Minister Liliana D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Susan Alberti, Australian businesswoman, philanthropist and former Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
Kicking of the congress, the Welcome Party will set the scene for the next few days and is a great chance to meet new people and catch up with colleagues. Enjoy fabulous Australian wines and the best local produce over looking wonderful views across the arena.
Dress: Neat Casual
Liliana (Lily) D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. She was appointed the Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development.....
For years, Susan (Sue) Alberti has had three main dreams. Three dreams she has been instrumental in assisting. Two are now reality; to see her beloved Bulldogs win a premiership and for women to play AFL. Only one remains —to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Among multiple roles, she is the Chairman of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation and the Co-founder and Managing Director of the DANSU Group.
Susan is a passionate Western Bulldogs supporter, she joined the board in 2004. In 2012, Susan became Vice President of the Club. She held the role for 12 years, retiring on a high after the premiership win in 2016.
Susan’s passion for AFL extended to the newly formed Women’s AFL league, and her involvement helped to clear a path for women to be involved in the game. She is currently the national ambassador for the women’s league.
Author, Leadership Advisor & Wizard-Rogue of Ace Repute (Aus)
Dr Jason Fox is a modern day wizard-rogue and leadership adviser, oft sought after for his pioneering philosophies and expertise in motivation design. Jason is the bestselling author of The Game Changer and How to Lead a Quest, and in 2016 was awarded Keynote Speaker of the Year. When not liberating the world from the delusion of progress, Jason partakes in extreme sports such as reading, sun avoidance and coffee snobbery.
Vice President and Executive Director, The Presidents Cup | PGA TOUR
Matt Kamienski, 42, is a Vice President with the PGA TOUR and Executive Director of The Presidents Cup. Kamienski is responsible for the strategic development, revenue generation/management, operational management and overall leadership of the Presidents Cup event when staged internationally. In addition Kamienski is also responsible for the management and oversight of the PGA TOUR’s office in Australia which includes to planning and delivery of the 2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf.
The Presidents Cup is one of the most prestigious and anticipated events on golf’s calendar. Held every two years, The Presidents Cup is a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe. The event alternates between sites in the United States and international venues. The 2019 event will be held at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This will mark the third time that the event has been held in Australia, all at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, making it the only course and country outside the United States to host it more than once.
Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, National Geographic Explorer and founder of the initiative to transform the whole of Greater London into the world's first National Park City in 2019. One vision to inspire a million projects, this new kind of national park will galvanise actions to make the city greener, healthier and wilder.
Should your city become a National Park City?
Next year London will become the world's first National Park City. In this inspiring and challenging talk, Daniel Raven-Ellison will explain where the idea came from, how it could improve urban life and ask... could your city become a #NationalParkCity?
President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (February 2018 – present) and former Superintendent, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (November 2010 – February 2018)
Beginning in February 2018, Jayne will serve as the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC), a U.S. nationally recognized parks conservancy. The PPC was founded in 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s historic city parks. Since 1998, the PPC has worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore the city’s four regional parks. To date, the PPC has raised over $105M for Pittsburgh parks and has completed 17 major improvement projects. Currently active in 22 parks, the PPC has expanded into community and neighborhood parks throughout Pittsburgh. The PPC is poised to raise its profile even further; working with the City for a parks referendum in 2018 and creating a unified governance structure with the PPC being responsible for management, operations and development of all Pittsburgh parks.
U.S. Park Systems: Minneapolis and Pittsburg – Old and New Models
Minneapolis, MN and Pittsburgh, PA began developing parks in the late 1880’s during the industrial revolution that shaped each city. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board developed a system of parks with strong public funding that is still enjoyed today. Pittsburgh parks were developed individually across the city as grand public spaces but began facing challenges in the 1950’s and saw dramatic decline for over 20 years beginning in 1980. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was established in 1996 to revitalize Pittsburgh parks and has raised close to $110M to improve the park conditions. The Conservancy is about to enter a new and expanded role, through an extensive public-private partnership, the first of its kind in the United States.
During his career of more than 30 years in the water and environment industry, Chris has held a number of senior executive roles including founding CEO of the Office for Living Victoria. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in waterway and urban water management and for establishing Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design.
Since 2014, Chris has been a director at the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities leading a number of national research and development projects across Australia and working to promote Australian water innovation internationally.
A River Shapes a City: The Great Yarra Urban Parklands
The story of the Yarra River is the story of Melbourne. Created by Bunjil in Wurundjeri Dreaming, turned into a drain by the first Europeans, the City turned its back on the River until its rediscovery and revival over many decades. Now protected under legislation (Willip gin Birrarung murron) over 3000 hectares of River land have been declared as the Great Yarra Urban Parklands and are to be managed as part of a ‘single, integrated living entity’. This keynote presentation will explore the how the Yarra River has shaped Melbourne and how the Great Yarra Urban Parklands give us the opportunity to reshape the way we imagine Melbourne today.
Co-Chair, IUCN #NatureForAll and Vice Chair for People and Parks, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. My organization affiliation is Parks Canada
Karen Keenleyside is Vice Chair for People and Parks with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) World Commission on Protected Areas. She is also Co-chair of the IUCN's #NatureForAll initiative and Senior Advisor for #NatureForAll, Parks Canada.
An ecologist by training, Karen bridges natural and social-scientific disciplines to identify solutions for building constituencies of support for conservation and protected areas into the future. During her career, which has included time in the private sector and government, Karen has developed knowledge-based strategic guidance on issues such as environmental management, ecological restoration, climate change, and connecting people with nature.
#NatureForAll: A global movement to inspire love of nature
Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (Aus)
Sport and Recreation Victoria (Aus)
Parks Victoria (Aus)
AgEnviro Solutions (Aus)
Sport and Recreation Victoria (Aus)
Sport and Recreation Victoria (Aus)
Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (Aus)
Monash University (Aus)
Trade Exhibition Area, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Monday 15 October 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Happy Hour is a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow members from around the world. Inside the Exhibition area guests will be inspired by magnificent views of Yarra Park on one side, and the hallowed turf on the other. Dress: Neat Casual
Founder & Chair, 8 80 Cities
Chair, World Urban Parks
President, Gil Penalosa & Associates
MBA, PhDhc, CSP
Parks: Creating Vibrant & Healthy Cities for All
Half of the homes that we’ll have in cities within the lifetime of today’s children have not been built yet. We must improve the cities that we have today and create great cities for billions more. What is the role of parks? Parks people must prioritize our most vulnerable citizens: children, older adults and the poor. We must be at the table of city planning, climate change, public health, education, economic development, mobility, and equity
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender, or social status. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars.
Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil has been a strong supporter and advocate for improving city parks, first making his mark in the late 1990s, when he led the transformation of Bogota's park system as Commissioner. During his tenure Gil successfully led the design and development of hundreds of parks including Simon Bolivar, a 113 hectare park in the heart of the city. Gil's team also led the "new Ciclovia"/ Open Streets - a program that sees over 1.5 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers / 76 miles of Bogotá's city streets every Sunday, and today is internationally recognized and emulated.
Gil is chair of the board of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for the city parks, open space, and recreation sector. Gil also works advising decision makers and organizations like Children & Nature Network, StreetFilms, America Walks, Kaboom, and others.
Gil holds an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the "100 Most Inspirational Alumni" in the school's history. He received the Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Medal, given by the Governor General of Canada, and later was named one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians". Last year Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the prominent Swedish University SLU.
Recently Gil has also contributed chapters to three books: Enabling Cycling Cities: Ingredients for Success – CIVITAS, Europe; Facilities for Cyclists – Copenhagen, Denmark; Resilient Sustainable Cities, Melbourne, Australia.
IUCN WCPA Deputy Chair, Dr Julia Miranda Londoño is a lawyer specialising in environmental law. Since 2004, she has been Director of Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, the government agency in charge of the administration and management of the 59 protected areas in the Parks System and responsible for coordinating the National System of Protected Areas. In 2009, she was appointed Regional Vice Chair for South America in the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and in November 2015, she became its Deputy Chair. She has strong experience and knowledge in environmental topics that are transcendental to Colombia as a hugely diverse country and she represents Colombia in various international forums in matters of urban environment, national parks and protected areas, among others. She has won the prestigious Packard Award and was recently the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) of the U.S. Congress with ICCF’s “Good Steward” Award in recognition of her outstanding personal commitment to conservation.
Executive Director, Transport Bureau, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic ad Paralympic Games
Executive Director of Transport Bureau, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games a role he has held since July 2016.
Dr. Kanda holds a master’s degree of Civil Engineering (Kyoto University) and joined the Ministry of Construction of Japan in 1986. Over subsequent years he has held a number of important posts including being Deputy Mayor of both Kurashiki City and Toyama City each with populations of around 500,000, with associated responsibilities for transport, infrastructure and tourism.
He also has held the following teaching roles: Visiting Professor at University of Tsukuba: Lecturer at Kyoto University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
He is a strong advocate of compact cities and associated of public transport in conjunction with urban planning for community health and lifestyle.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to innovate new values in future
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will offer opportunities to innovate new values with an eye to the future and send strong messages to the world about the promotion of sustainability and the importance of Diversity & Inclusion, with introducing new technologies and the Japanese spirit of “Omotenashi” hospitality.
Institute of Environment and Recreation Management and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
Bishop Ngobeli works for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo as a Conservation Manager responsible for managing biodiversity and conservation in the City of Johannesburg in South Africa. He is the current President: Institute of Environment and Recreation Management South Africa (IERM).
Present and Future Cities: City of Johannesburg
City of Johannesburg is a mega city and everyone moves there for survival. This influx has huge impact in the open spaces and how the City function and how it should respond to this challenge
The presentation will look at the impact of migration into the City of Johannesburg and how the City of Johannesburg responding to this challenge. How this impact on the open spaces and other recreational facilities.
Senior Director (Programming) - Gardens by the Bay
Chui Leng Ong has a 25-year career in parks and greenery development/management, with a key focus on community engagement and education, striving to make a difference – be it in creating an iconic garden on reclaimed land that shapes the new downtown, programming spaces as platforms for community bonding, or being a pioneer for wetland conservation education and skyrise greening in Singapore. Her qualifications include a Master in Environmental Management from the University of Adelaide.
In 2006 Ms Ong was seconded from NParks to Gardens by the Bay (GB) to oversee the planning and development of GB. In 2011 she was appointed to her present position as Senior Director, Programming for Gardens by the Bay. Duties of this role are to spearhead community engagement as key pillar for sustainability; set up a programming framework and team and oversee the curation and roll out of community engagement programmes – festivals and events, education and outreach, ‘Friends of the Gardens’ (membership scheme), volunteer and ‘Gift of Gardens’ (outreach to the underprivileged) – and the associated activities e.g. marketing, sponsorship.
Gardens by the Bay - Where Wonder Blooms
Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of Singapore's "City in a Garden" vision. Showcasing horticulture and garden artistry, we bring the world of plants to Singapore and presents Singapore to the World. More importantly, we set out to be a "Garden for all to own, enjoy and cherish” by creating platforms for the community to get together.
Dr Melanie Davern
Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director Healthy Liveable Cities Group, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne
and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.
What are the benefits of parks and greenspaces and why are they essential to building healthy and liveable cities in the future?
Urbanisation is occurring rapidly within Australian cities and internationally. Here in Australia, over 80% of our population lives in major cities and our population is expected to increase rapidly from 24 million to 70 million by the turn of the century. Urbanisation and increasing population densities mean that we need a radical shift in thinking about how we plan, share and maintain greenspaces in the future and an intersectoral approach to support greater awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits provided to society.
Entente Florale (Netherlands)
Fingal County Council (Ireland)
Mosaic Insights and World Urban Parks (Aus)
Brimbank Community and Civic Centre (Aus)
Australian Sport Commission (Aus)