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June, 2018

World Class Speakers announced for the 2018 International Parks and Leisure Congress (#IPLC2018)

The IPLC2018 team is delighted to announce the line-up of exceptional speakers for the International Parks and Leisure Congress (IPLC2018) which will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia 14-17 October, 2018.

Co-hosted by World Urban Parks and Parks and Leisure Australia, FUTURE of SPACES and PLACES in CITIES aims to address the impact urban growth and density will have on our parks, leisure and sport globally and how we as an industry can respond to ensure our open spaces are protected and our lifestyles enhanced. What does the future hold and how will we respond?

Neil McCarthy, CEO, World Urban Parks states: "It is a rare moment in time where the conversation regarding the importance of urban parks is so central to the future of the world's liveability, and to be able to have this world congress in the world's most liveable city provides a rare opportunity to bring the world leaders and experts together to explore our cities futures"

"It is also a unique opportunity to explore and understand the emerging ideas from the London National Parks City concept through to the IUCN's Nature for All and how Bogota Columbia has become one of the innovators in city enjoyment through their parks."

Martin Lambert, President, Parks and Leisure Australia states: ''We are extremely proud to partner with World Urban Parks to host this major international congress. The future of our cities depends upon us, the people who plan and provide sport and recreation spaces and places ensuring the social, physical, mental and ecological health of our communities. Governments across the globe are recognising just how critical the provision of parks, sport and recreation infrastructure is".

"Don't miss this opportunity for an international perspective on the future of spaces and places in cities. Be exposed to the latest innovation, best practice planning and contemporary solutions. Meet new colleagues and share in the myriad stories of success.

For any professional who works in our industry, this is a unique opportunity to attend an international conference at a first class venue in one of the most liveable cities in the world"

Among the exceptional speakers are….

  • Dr Julia Miranda Londono, Deputy Chair IUCN WCPA, Columbia
  • Mitchell Silver, NY Parks Commissioner, USA
  • Gil Penalosa, 8-80 Cities, Canada
  • Bishop Ngobeli, Johannesburg Parks Commissioner, South Africa
  • Jayne Miller, President, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, USA
  • Karen Keenleyside, Vice Chair People and Parks, Canada
  • Dan Raven-Ellison, National Geographic, UK
  • Dr Melanie Davern, Co-director, Healthy Livable Cities Group, USA
  • Liliana D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change,Aust
  • Jason Fox, modern day wizard rogue and leadership advisor, Aust
  • Margaret Garmley, Office of Public Works, Ireland

Delegates can chose from 50 concurrent sessions across five streams Future/Spaces/Places/Cities/Sport and nine technical tours addressing the most pressing issues for parks, leisure and sport professionals. Topped off with an outstanding social program, the highlight being the sectors night of nights, the PLA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner.

To find out more visit www.IPLC2018.com/program and follow the conversation #IPLC2018


Nicoll Parton
Manager marketing and Communications
E: IPLC2018@parksleisure.com.au
M: +61 427 968 981

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