VALE - David Vial BAppSc (Amenity Hort), Director IOSS

Published: 07/04/2020

It was indeed sad news when our industry learnt of the recent passing of David Vial who had been suffering from an illness these past 15 months. David had been a strong, passionate advocate of the parks industry with over forty years' experience in the parks and recreation industry - including the public sector, private sector, and academia. He had especially worked with over 150 Government Authorities since forming IOSS (Integrated Open Space Services) in 1997 with his business partner and wife, Michelle Prior, providing quality research services and advice for parks planners. Before founding IOSS, David had been with Brisbane City Council, Charles Sturt University and Wangaratta TAFE College.

David always presented as a humble, quiet, reflective person. His career included work titles as: gardener; parks manager in local government; university lecturer; workplace trainer; researcher; and business owner. He was one of our strongest "industry contributors" often being a presenter at National PLA conferences and a valued contributor of emerging parks practices through articles in the Australasian Parks and Leisure journal. David will indeed be sadly missed.

Quiet and unassuming, David had a genuine passion for ensuring our industry shared leading edge knowledge. He demonstrated this generosity through his establishment of leading edge online data services such as "Parksbase" and "Knowledgebase". These services he made available to our PLA industry. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the PLA accredited courses provided to NParks Singapore. David had been a long term educator in delivering these courses, sharing his depth of knowledge with many park managers in Singapore. He was also involved in developing many of industry's best practices and industry standards within the parks profession in Australia and Asia.

His commitment to the park and recreation industry extended beyond paid duties, to the co-ordination of the regular SEQ Park Managers Forum; and co-ordination of various forums and workshops at the local, regional, national and international level on parks, urban trees, sportfields, assets and benchmarking.

Our thoughts and condolences are extended to his wife Michelle and his family. Michelle and the IOSS staff will be continuing with David's endeavour.


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