Conference Program

Day 1, Tuesday 11 May


Sportsfield turf management challenges and proactive programs
& Syngenta spray masterclass

Stadium Drive C Ex Stadium, Meeting Room

Russell Fensom - C Ex Stadium and Coffs Harbour council and Michael Bradbery - Syngenta

Proudly supported by Syngenta

Welcome Function, Pacific Bay Resort

Day 2, Wednesday 12 May

Trade Exhibition and Registrations Open
Official Conference Opening, Welcome

Plenary 1 - Professor Philip Morgan, Co-Deputy Director, Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Universtiy of Newcastle

10.00am - 10.45am Plenary 2 - Paul Nunnari, Director, Inclusive Infrastructure, Placemaking and Experience , Department of Regional NSW

Accessibility, infrastructure, place and experience - how to make it all balance

10.45am-11.15am Morning Tea
  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    Shift to design public spaces for community

    Candy Rosmarin, Logan City Council

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Design in an Aboriginal Place - Birubi Point/Robinson Reserve planning and design -recognising the value of Indigenous History in our Parks

    Tim Buykx, Moir Landscape Architecture and Port Stephens Council
  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    New innovative digital technologies that assist in meeting compliance requirements of sportsfield and open space management.

    Daniel Docherty, Syngenta


  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    Creating a climate of inclusion and community engagement in our places and parks

    Mantej Singh, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Nurragingy Reserve: A space for all designing for social connections

    Reginald Santos, Blacktown Council
  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Planning for active transport, what did we plan for, what did we learn and the legacy

    Alton Twine, City of Gold Coast

  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    Evolving public toilet design and provision, from concrete blocks to changing places

    Katherine Webber, Logan City Council

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Oatley Park Inclusive Adventure Playground - Designing for social connections

    Adrian Trimmer, Fleetwood Urban

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Climate change considerations when planning for and designing sport infrastructure

    Marcus Morgan, NSW Office of Sport

12.55pm-1.45pm Lunch
  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    Biological nutrient extraction for restoration of stressed lakes and waterways

    Bill Dhaliwal, Greendrop Solutions

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Game on for Women, getting more women in sport

    Helene Windells, Logan City Council

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Jarrod Hill, SportENG

    What is the Future of Synthetic Grass Field of Play in Australia

  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    "Soil, Water & Grass" - The Basics for Maintaining Natural Sports Turf

    Grant Greenway, Endeavour Turf Professionals

  • Health, Activity & Play

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Drought resilience for sports fields - a holistic, integrated and pragmatic approach

    Paul Lamble, Peak Water Consulting
2.45pm-3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.15pm-3.45pm Plenary 3: Mark Sebientritt, Edge Environment
3.45-4.15pm Plenary 4: Josh Geraty & Brad Billet, Otium Planning

Our industry succession plan: introducing Generate

4.15pm-5.00pm Networking Drinks

Day 3, Thursday 13 May


Registration and Trade Exhibition Opens

Plenary 5: Dr Chris Boulton, Managing Director The CityGreenLab

Governance Factors Shaping Greenspace Provision: From Theory to Practice


Plenary 6: Glen Turner - Parkrun , Health and Wellbeing Lead, Parkrun

10.15am-10.45am Morning tea
  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    When change comes to you…disaster or opportunity?

    John Siemon, Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Take Charge: Evidence-based, free, accessible and successful mental health programs supporting leisure and community sport workers, volunteers and participants to improve their own, and others health.

    Emma Lowe , Belgravia Foundation

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Workshop: (10.45-11.30)

    How do we agree to share?

    Dana Spence and Anne Sacco, Blacktown City Council

  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    The Great West Walk - What does it take to create a new iconic walk in Sydney?

    Anita Ng, Blacktown City Council

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Orange United Sports Club

    Jason French, NSW Office of Sport

  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    Working with constraints to generate excellent environmental and recreational outcomes: Planning and delivery of the Narrabeen Lagoon overwater boardwalk

    Jeremy Smith, Northern Beaches Council

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Future Proofing Urban Parks - early adaptations of the Olympic Peninsula to a changing climate

    David Martin, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Workshop: (11.30 - 12.15)
    Where community meets the Outdoors. The meeting of community services and economic development - the means to an end.

    Lori Modde, Outdoors NSW

12.15pm-1.15pm Lunch
  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    Jacaranda Park - The creation of a spectacular inclusive playspace in regional NSW

    Ben Norman, Proludic and Gavin Beveridge, Clarence Valley Council

  • Health, Activity & Play

    What really happens in a WILD PLAY garden, examining the research

    Christian Eckardt, Greater Sydney Parklands

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    Connecting the Sector through Technology

    Fiona MacColl, NSW Office of Sport & Simon Haire, ActiveXchange

  • Parks, Gardens & Open Space

    ChillOUT Hubs: 'Smart' Open-air Community Spaces for Georges River Council

    June Lee Boxsell and Francis McArdle, Street Furniture Australia

  • Health, Activity & Play

    Sharing responsibility for playground provision to enhance community spirit

    Katrien Pickles, University of Newcastle

  • Sport, Facilities & Infrastructure

    The Facility of the Future

    Yvette Audet & Brad Billet, Otium Planning

Technical Tours

  • Technical Tour 1

    C.ex Coffs International Stadium & Precinct - Not all stadiums are equal. How to build a venue fit for community through to elite.

    More Info

  • Technical Tour 2

    Orara East State Forest - working together across nature and culture

    More Info
  • Technical Tour 3

    Coffs Jetty Foreshore Upgrade and Redevelopment - the jewel in the crown

    More Info


Awards of Excellence Dinner - NSW/ACT & QLD award winners to be announced

Pacific Bay Resort

Who's speaking?

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers.

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Key Dates

Call for abstracts Now closed
Early bird registrations
Close 16 April 2021
Program launched
Standard Registrations 17 April 2021

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