2017 Recreation SA & PLA State Conference

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Date(s) - 03/04/2017
All Day

ARC Campbelltown


Register now for the 2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference – being held on Monday April 3.

The Conference is a chance for you or your staff to meet and learn from others, to gain valuable knowledge, become empowered, share experiences, and return to work or home with new insight.

Latest additions to the program include:

  • Watch Around Water: An update from WA
  • Attract and keep members to maximise participation  – Darren Roberts, Impact Training Corporation
  • Swim School to Super Centre – CASE STUDY: How to introduce change and increase membership
  • The Challenges of Modern Leadership – Panel Discussion, with Crows star Tyson Edwards, SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre General Manager, Adam Luscombe, and Programmed Property Services General Manager, Jo Marshall.
  •  Inclusion-  what’s your role? ​Stephanie Greenland: Inclusive Sport SA

Download the program here

Registration prices and key dates:
Early bird registration: CLOSED

Full Price Registrations: 1 March – 31 March 2017

  • •Members: $245 plus GST
  • •Non-members: $290 plus GST
  • •Student: $60 plus GST

The conference is the fifth presented in partnership between Recreation SA and Parks and Leisure SA/NT.

Become a Recreation SA member to take advantage of the member discount.

Speakers Include:

John Buchanan
Keynote speaker

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

The former Australian Cricket Team Coach led the team to a World Record of 16 straight Test match wins and an unbeaten record of 24 one day international victories in two successful World Cups.  John is now a popular trainer and motivator working with international and Australian companies including BHP Billiton, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG and Telstra.

Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Awards Breakfast keynote speaker

The AFL’s Women’s Football Advisory Group member and former Adelaide Thunderbirds ANZ Championship-winning coach embraces innovation and continually strives to inject creativity in search of best practice high performance programs.

Jo Marshall
Executive Diversity Mentor – Programmed Property Services

Recreation, Parks and Leisure – A place where diversity works

Diversity and Inclusion are two of the biggest ‘buzzwords’ of the HR landscape.  Most employers and leaders support these concepts but are limited in their capacity to implement a strategy.  Or more to the point, don’t know where to you start?  There are so many different groups and people to be considered.  And then there are the challenges of the existing workplace structure, teams and culture.  In her most recent role, Jo Marshall was responsible for leading a team of over 200, many in the outdoor space maintenance arena.  She has also worked extensively in the leisure Industry having managed the operations of an 80-club chain of health clubs.  Now as the Executive Diversity Mentor at Programmed, she is responsible with supporting diversity across several divisions of this large company.  Jo will talk about her real-life challenges and experiences in changing organisational and team culture to include people from diverse backgrounds such as disability, indigenous, youth, ageing and those with less permanent differences such as anxiety, depression and illness.

Adam Luscombe – General Manager SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

The Challenges of Modern Leadership Keynote Discussion: Panellist

Tyson Edwards – AFL champion and SANFL coach

The Challenges of Modern Leadership Keynote Discussion: Panellist

Edwards is widely regarded as one of the most consistent and durable players of all time.  And it’s this ability to perform consistently at the highest level that marks Tyson out as a true professional and inspirational speaker.

Dr Natasha Schranz – Active Healthy Kids Australia Chair

University of South Australia

Do Our Kids Have all the Tools?

The latest Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People graded Australia with a D- for overall Physical Activity, with only one in five kids getting enough physical activity every day. The Report Card posed the question: Do our kids have all the tools they need to be active for life? The results suggest that this is not the case.

Jayson Kelly – Director, Xyst

Playgrounds – Just more swings and roundabouts?

This will be an interactive session, where delegates will be presented with the latest industry research on playground provision and community expectations, be informed around developments in best practice asset management for playgrounds, and have the opportunity of debating hot topics like should we be fencing off playgrounds or installing shade sails.

The session will be relevant to parks planners, asset managers, and operational mangers wanting to keep up with industry trends, and who wish to participate in a forum to share ideas, get gripes off the chest, and come away with ideas to break out of the “same old same old” way that we provide playgrounds.

Bio: Jayson has over 25 years of local government experience in the parks sector, either as a council officer, parks manager, or senior consultant specialising in parks management.  He is an accomplished speaker, having presented at various national conferences in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, including as key note speaker.

James  McEwen – Partner, Property and Infrastructure

Wallmans Lawyers

Options in occupancy agreements: making them work for the benefit of our communities.

There are many different forms of occupancy arrangements which can assist users, occupiers and the community get the most out of public/shared facilities.  The seminar will examine these legal models, including leases, licences, management agreements, hire agreements and other occupancy rights, discussing those most commonly used, and the challenges and benefits of each model.

Bio: James has almost 20 years experience advising local government, community organisations and privately run recreational facilities on their asset and property management, assisting organisations manage their assets in a cost effective and efficient way, especially in the context of joint use.

Hayden Zammitt OAM – Tourism & Digital Marketing Coordinator

Zoos South Australia

Inspiring and educating visitors through technology

Adelaide Zoo visitors can now receive location-specific content through Bluetooth technology via 65 ‘beacons’ across the Adelaide Zoo site. It provides visitors with information that is relevant to their visit on the day, whilst sharing the important conservation efforts of Zoos SA and making information more accessible.

Jodie Freund/ Louise Alderson – Senior Project Officers- Recreation Industry Support

Office for Recreation & Sport

Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia

The Office for Recreation and Sport has recently developed a new role dedicated to advancing Active Recreation in South Australia. You will be provided with an update on the direction of this position and through discussion, you will have the opportunity to share ideas and help shape Government involvement in Active Recreation. An update on the projects and direction of the National Active Recreation Working Group (NARWG) will also be provided.

Richard Mellon – Manager Industry Support

Office for Recreation and Sport

Recreation participation trends for SA

Join a special presentation looking at the AusPlay data for South Australia. Learn more about the participation landscape of active recreation in SA. The AusPlay study is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia, which aims to identify strategies to grow participation in sport, leisure and recreation.

Alison Collins – Unit Manager Regional Planning

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Supporting walkable healthy neighbourhoods – The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide plans how Adelaide should grow to become more liveable, competitive and sustainable. Seven years into the 30-Year Plan, it has been updated to respond to new challenges and opportunities. This session will present an overview of the plan, and update of the review and how it will shape open space, parks and recreation both now and into the future.

Drew Hildebrandt/ Gary Cole – Victoria/Tasmania State Manager

Belgravia Leisure

How do you prepare for the worst?  It’s difficult to know what the response will be when a visitor to your centre drowns. It’s equally difficult to consider how you and your team will react when it happens.  This session will focus on the response to a major incident in the aquatic environment.  It will explore the initial reaction and response from staff and patrons, the immediate aftermath and a sound approach to investigation of the incident.  We will discuss the importance of managing the media and the public and system improvements you may consider to minimise the risk in your facilities.  Lastly, we will provide the audience with an insight into the Coroner’s Court process and how best to prepare your team for this experience.

Drew Hildebrandt has worked in the aquatic industry for nearly 20 years.  His start was at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in the event and booking team before moving on to managing local community facilities.  He has been with Belgravia Leisure for the past 9 years, spending the last 5 years as a Regional and State Manager.

Gary Cole: Following a successful career as a professional football player, Gary has been a leader in managing sport and leisure facilities for over 25 years.  Prior to becoming State Manager three years ago, Gary spent seven years working as a high-performance manager in the A-League at two clubs.

Stephanie Greenland – Inclusion Advisor, Inclusive Sport SA

Inclusion- what’s your role?

Inclusion is high on the agenda for sport, leisure and recreation stakeholders. Creating more inclusive environments through education and community connectedness is vital to ensure sustainable pathways for individuals to participate in sport, leisure and recreation. The combination of understanding your role and harnessing the resources available to you is imperative to enacting change with your organisation. This workshop will endeavour to empower those working in leisure and recreation to build on current knowledge and to learn various methods to creating inclusive cultures.

Bio: Stephanie has been a leader in inclusion in sport since 2013 and has developed innovative approaches to promoting inclusive cultures. Stephanie’s passion in this space has led to positive changes through her work as an Inclusion Advisor at Inclusive Sport SA (a not-for-profit organisation) and also with Flinders University as an Academic Tutor in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit and the School of Education. Stephanie works in collaboration with The Office for Recreation and Sport and Flinders University to advise and support stakeholders, the public and Inclusive Sport SA on best practice for inclusion.

Chris Thomas – Manager, Parks and Partnerships, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Nature. Creating a lasting impression with community and visitors for health and prosperity.

National parks and nature spaces are a vital part of contributing to economic, social and health outcomes for South Australians and for creating meaningful visitor experiences like nowhere else. The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources are collaborating across Government, with stakeholders and community to ensure all South Australians experience the health and wellbeing benefits of being connected with nature with the development of ‘Healthy Parks.

Kym A’Court – Master Trainer, Parafield Gardens Swim School

Swim School to Super Centre: How to introduce change & increase membership.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – George Bernard Shaw

Just imagine if you changed the way you did things at your centre, just imagine if you dared to be different to others, just imagine if you went from Swim School to Supercentre!  During this presentation, Kym will share with you her centre’s journey to change the perception of Aquatic Fitness in Australia and the amazing results for the centre.

Bio: Kym A’Court has been working at The Parafield Gardens Swim School for 20 years.  During this time, she has worked as a Swimming Instructor, Aqua Fitness Instructor, Supervisor and Manager.  Kym has worked closely with countless families to provide the most positive experience both in and out of the pool. She is highly experienced in consulting with customers in regards to all aspects of their involvement with the centre. Self-described as a jack of all trades and master of none until two years ago, officially becoming Master Trainer, and distributor of Acquapole® Australasia.

Kevin Lowe – General Manager Urban Planning & Leisure Services, Campbelltown Council

The ARC Campbelltown – Concept to Reality & a New Business for Council

The ARC Campbelltown, a new $26 million Aquatic and Recreation Centre with show courts for basketball, volleyball, squash courts, along with a gym, cafe, function rooms, two pools, water play & crèche is a game changer for Adelaide. But first Council needed to take it from concept to reality before it became a new business it had never run before. A long time in the planning and waiting for the right mix of funding from the three tiers of government, it finally became a reality and opened in July 2016. The presentation will provide an overview of this experience and where we are at nearing the end of our first 12 months of operation.

Bio: Kevin is currently the General Manager Urban Planning & Leisure Services with Campbelltown City Council with some 30 plus years’ experience in local government in NSW and SA across various roles in parks & recreation administration, asset management, sustainability policy, major events staging, capital works delivery and general management. He holds various technical qualifications as well as management qualifications from the University of Adelaide and has involvement in a number of boards related to the industry he works in.

Deb Richardson – Community Development Director, Port Adelaide Enfield Council

David Waters – Community & Customer Service Director, Adelaide Hills Council

Recovery from the Sampson Flat Bushfires: A Local Government perspective

Local and State Governments around Australia are struggling to be sustainable in building, maintaining and planning infrastructure. This task is made even more difficult when damaging weather and other events occur. Hear from Deb Richardson and David Waters, as they share their experiences from the 2015 Sampson Flat bushfires and document the impact of these event on Council’s assets.

Darren Roberts – Master Trainer, Impact Training Corporation

Attract and keep embers and staff to increase participation

Attract and keep members, staff, participants and your community by:

  • Communicating your message to link with how your audience make positive decisions
  • Presenting your Purpose not your Products, Projects or Plans
  • Increasing Value and Expertise with ease
  • Leading teams through a true, tangible Culture

Learn these best practices and be able to implement immediately to create more participation and pride.

For more information, or to register, visit the RecSa website: www.recreationsa.org