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Innovation in ‘Strategic Planning’

Speaker Name/s


Denise Ora, Belinda Meyers, Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands (AUS)


Speaker Profiles


Denise has an extensive career spanning private and public organisations in the UK and Australia, specialising in delivery of major complex projects,driving strategic business improvement and change management through leadership, stakeholder engagement and innovation. A talented solution-driven executive responsible for capital and infrastructure upgrades, strategic planning and program delivery for over 1,100 hectares of Sydney’s prime public parks and gardens.

Belinda Meyers is the Director of Corporate Services and Governance, leading the finance, business services, IT, risk and governance and development functions of the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, a $100m a year enterprise that manages the most important network of green space, gardens and parklands in Sydney. Belinda brings over 20 years’ experience as a leader in both technical and front-line roles in the public and private sector to this role and the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands organisation.

Abstract title


Innovation in ‘Strategic Planning’ - Protecting Large Urban Parklands



The World's urban population is expected to surpass six billion by 2045. The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are forecast to swell by 60 to 80% to reach about 8 million by 2050 with most people living in high density housing with little or no back yard. Our cities large urban parklands provide an essential refuge to improve physical and mental well-being and play a vital role in protecting and conserving biodiversity.  These critical spaces are at risk without appropriate long term 'strategic' precinct planning. Our two-part presentation and masterclass will highlight how the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands (BGCP) have effectively balanced high community expectations whilst delivering financial and environmental sustainability. BGCP provides exceptional science, horticulture, education, sports & recreation, cultural & community events to over 35 million visitors each year. Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney recently won GOLD at the 2017 Destination NSW Tourism Awards.

Earlier Event: October 15
Activating Parks for Health
Later Event: October 15
Community Sport Infrastructure