Recreation Planning Part 1

Who should do this Course?

This is the first of a two part series recommended for people who are responsible for strategic physical activity, sport, recreation and leisure planning within their municipality.   

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: Portfolio, partnerships and politics
Content: This session is all about purpose, responsibilities, stakeholders and decision making

Week 2 – Who?
Topic: The planning profession
Content: Our guest presenter will take you through planning fundamentals, role functions and some PD tips

Week 3 – What?
Topic: Planning to plan
Content: Plans, policies, prioritising need, and project management principles – this session sets you up for planning

Week 4 – How + When? 
Topic: The planning process
Content: This session is all about the research process = evidence base, consultation, direction setting, implementation, and evaluation

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.

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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