Oct
16
to Oct 17

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE GALA DINNER

Members Dining Room, Melbourne Cricket Ground

Join us to celebrate the best of the best of Australia's parks, sport and leisure industry, this is a night not to miss.  Held in the MCG's prestigious 'Members Only' dining room you will be entertained by the hilarious duo - Rusty and the Other Guyand hit the dance floor with popular Melbourne DJ Emma Peters.

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Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

PRE DINNER DRINKS

Percy Beames Bar - Melbourne Cricket Ground

At the heart of the Members Reserve, the Percy Beames Bar is surrounded by an array of memorabilia from our club’s history, including the clock from the original Members Pavilion.  Located next to the MCC Members Dining Room on level 2, the floor to ceiling windows looking out over Yarra Park provide a picturesque view for you to enjoy a pre dinner drink.

 

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Oct
16
3:30 PM15:30

INTERNATIONAL PANEL SESSION

International Panel Session

 

Speaker Names

Gil Penalosa (chair), Ong Chui Leng, Karen Keenleyside, Mitchell Silver, Daniel Raven-Ellison, Jayne Miller 

Description

‘We will discuss striking innovations or initiatives internationally and how the parks and recreational industry can ensure open spaces are protected and lifestyles enhanced.

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Oct
16
1:45 PM13:45

MASTERCLASS "Future Park Cities"

Future Park Cities Masterclass

Convener: Chris Chesterfield

Session Objectives

  1. Explore the park city concept

  2. Understand how city shaping leaders and change makers are influencing emerging park city visions.

  3. Develop a clearer understanding of the pathways to a park city vision and how practitioners can influence change.

Key Speakers:

•                Chris Chesterfield, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

•                Professor Rob Adams, City of Melbourne

•                Daniel Raven-Ellison, London National Park City, campaign leader

  • Dr Erin Brady, Deputy Director-General, Land Strategy & Environment, ACT

  • Jayne Miller, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

 

Panel discussion & workshop

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Oct
16
1:45 PM13:45

MASTERCLASS "Waterways - the lifeblood of liveability

Waterways - the Lifeblood of liveability Masterclass

Convener: Kate Nagato

Water is fundamental to life and creating a liveable city. Waterways, wetlands and integrated water management is the blue infrastructure that bring our green infrastructure to life.

Session objectives:

  1. To explore the role of waterways and blue infrastructure in liveable cities.
  2. To identify some of the latest local and international work on the importance of waterways in water sensitive cities for recreation and urban liveability including collaborative planning approaches and the concept of Living Rivers having legal rights.

Key Speakers:

•                Sally Boer, Director Freshwater Ecology, E2DesignLab (Qld)

•                Kate Nagato,  Manager Land Liveability and Stewardship, Melbourne Water

  •                  Scott Martin,River Heritage Conservancy US

 

Panel discussion:

How parks can be designed to protect waterways and how waterways can enhance parks and open space.

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Oct
16
1:45 PM13:45

MASTERCLASS "Diversity & Equity"

Diversity and Equity Master Class

Convener: Tim Geyer

Session Objectives:

1 .Explore innovative approaches that world leaders and advocates take within their own communities to facilitate diversity and equity in urban parks

2. Identify key barriers and strategies to break these down

Key Speakers:

  • Mitchell Silver, Commissioner New York City Department of Parks, USA
  • Dr Melika Yassin Sheik-Eldin, Ames Australia
  • Bishop Ngobeli, Manager Protected Areas, Johannesburg City Parks, South Africa
  • Kirstan Corben, Executive Manager Programs, Vic Health

Workshop Session

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Oct
16
1:45 PM13:45

MASTERCLASS "Game Changers"

Game Changers Master Class

Convener: Anand Pillay

Session Objectives:

  1. Attracting non-traditional gender, generational and ability groups.

  2. Exploring changes to rules and playing surface/sizes to accommodate more games and participants.

  3. Identifying innovative approaches that world leaders and change makers are taking to reflect health and social sector policy.

Key Speakers:

•                Ms Michelle Whitehurst, Manager Project Delivery, Georges River Council

•                Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Sport & Recreation Victoria

Workshop Session

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Oct
16
1:45 PM13:45

MASTERCLASS "Nature is Good Medicine"

Masterclass:  Nature is Good Medicine

Convener: Karen Keenleyside

Nature provides for the ultimate foundations of life and health. We are all part of the natural world. This has been known by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Our parks, protected areas and green spaces are vital for accessing the health benefits of nature, particularly for urban populations. The growing body of evidence on the connections between nature and human health and well-being call for our urgent attention.

However, as the global population shifts from 54 per cent of people living in cities today to a forecast 70 per cent by 2050, access to and experiences in nature are become harder to achieve. Sprawling urbanization coupled with shrinking natural spaces is disconnecting society from the natural world. 

The session will feature Dr Julia Miranda Londoño (Colombia) and Dr Bruce Bolam, Chief Preventive Health Officer, Victoria). This Master Class will be hosted by Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

In the context of a changing climate and an urbanising planet, global health and environment experts will look to the future with a positive lens to explore practical nature-based solutions for human health and well-being, as well as for the environment. This Master Class will examine how leading change makers can champion new policies, programs and funding across health, environment and urban sectors.Key Speakers:

  • Dr Julia Miranda Londoño, Deputy Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) & Director General, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

  • Dr Bruce Bolam, Chief Preventive Health Officer Victoria, DHHS

  • Dr Melanie Davern, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Healthy Liveable Cities Group

  • Dr Mark Norman, Executive Director Environment & Science and Chief Conservation Scientist, Parks Victoria

  • Danielle Flakelar, Manager Aboriginal Heritage and Partnerships, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Panel Discussion with audience Q & A

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Oct
16
12:45 PM12:45

LUNCH BOX LEGACY: Eat | Contribute | Inspire | Influence

Help us shape the future career pathways and development opportunities for students, young professionals and people new to the industry. Leave a legacy during your lunch break!

In a facilitated workshop format over lunch – Generate Australia and New Zealand need your help to gain important insights from industry leaders and professionals. We want to learn about what you see the opportunities are for engaging and supporting the next generation coming through, from students to young professionals and to those new to the industry. What gold nuggets can you share? Where can we focus our efforts over the next 12 months? What lessons can we learn from your valuable experiences?

Brought to you by: Generate Network Australia, Generate Network NZ, Parks and Leisure Australia and World Urban Parks.

Sponsored by: Otium Planning Group

Jim Stynes Room A

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