Recreation Planning Part 2

Who should do this Course?

This course is recommended for staff with experience in recreation planning roles looking to further advance their skills and experience. It builds on knowledge gained from Recreation Planning Course Part 1.

Suitable for staff where:

• Your strategies may need updating – or don’t exist!
• You may be responsible for reviewing or developing policies
• You need data for better decision making
• Your master plans may be old or the use of the land has changed
• You may be responsible for preparing budget bids and seeking external funding

Course Outline

Week 1 – Why? 
Topic: Legislation, law and land management
Content: An overview of the rules, regulations and administrative requirements of planning

Week 2 – Who?
Topic: Strategic setting
Content: Our guest presenter delves into the international, national, state, and local planning structure

Week 3 – What?
Topic: Data-driven decision making
Content: This session is all about building your evidence base = demographics, participation trends, and research

Week 4 – How + When? 
Topic: Tips and tricks
Content: A deep dive on how and when to apply different planning principles/approaches including provision standards and spatial analysis

Who is teaching this course?

This course is being delivered by professionals with extensive local government experience

Kerry Wilson (co-lead) – Has led large scale, longer term, multi-dimensional policy and planning across portfolios such as sport and recreation, gender equity and prevention of violence against women, environmental sustainability, engagement, health and wellbeing and active transport.

Dan Ferguson (co-lead) – A public servant turned consultant and academic researcher, he has more than a decade working in private consulting, local/state government, non-profit and the tertiary education sector – from negotiating multimillion-dollar stadium upgrade contracts on behalf of the State government, to planning where footpaths should go in a local park, he’s seen the highs and lows of recreation planning!

Neal Ames (guest instructor) – Neal has more than 20 years experience in the recreation and parks industry, working as a government advisor, recreation, open space, play and parks planner, as well as being a project manager.

Mandy Nolton (course moderator) – Managing Director of Rec People, Mandy has the ability to provide a platform for engaging and developing the local government sector to plan and deliver active and passive recreational facilities, assets and opportunities to meet the needs of unique local communities.

Time Commitment

1 hour pre-course seminar in your own time/pace
1.5 hour Zoom meeting per week x 4 consecutive weeks
1.0 hour of homework per week in between face to face meetings


$495 (plus GST) per person
$395 (plus GST) Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas only) member (to join click here)
$395 (plus GST) for a second, third or fourth attendee from the same organisation
$395 (plus GST) for registrants who have registered for one of our previous courses – use LOYAL100 as discount code

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