2019 NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Abstracts Now Open


2019 NSW/ACT Conference - Solid Foundations : Vibrant Futures
22-24 May 2019
Q Theatre Queanbeyan

Call for abstracts now open

The 2019 Parks and Leisure Australia NSW/ACT Conference 'Solid Foundations: Vibrant Futures' will inform delegates of innovative ideas and emerging trends, and provide an opportunity for parks and leisure professionals to share learnings.

The Conference has a strong emphasis on discussions and workshops, sharing ideas and experiences, and networking.

The Conference Organising Committee is seeking proposals for:
• Solo or shared presentations
• Panel presentations
• Workshops

In this stream speakers will explore and share insights on the role that innovative and 'smart' initiatives can play in enhancing our public spaces. The rapid pace of change in technology and community expectation is shaping how public recreation spaces are designed and managed. How can park managers best utilise the available information and resources to meet the needs and expectations of the community in the future? How does the industry set a solid foundation to ensure we have vibrant recreation spaces that are planned and designed with the ability to adapt to the needs of tomorrow and meet the expectations for sustainable outcomes? With so many options available, speakers in this stream will share insights into initiatives that have lead to good outcomes and opportunities that have significant potential.

Focussed sub topics include:

• Sustainability

  • Environmental & green infrastructure modelling
  • Economic delivery models
  • Governance management tools for facilities
  • Social impact - choices of plant materials and natural elements
  • Greening grey spaces

• Innovation / Technology / Research

  • Retail and corporate opportunities in facility provision
  • Facility management technology
  • Importance of the provision of green grid
  • Space diversification e.g. street activities and closures for purpose
  • Apps for events, activities and locations
  • Innovative add-ons

• Planning and Design

  • Inclusion - all things to all people? Can there truly be universal design solutions?
  • Accessibility, distribution catchments and networks
  • Hierarchy - do we need a hierarchy of facilities?
  • Heritage - what role does heritage play in places and spaces?
  • Case studies - 'What brings them back?'
  • Planning in participation and pathways for more women and girls

• Review and Adaptation

  • Multi use and clustered opportunities
  • Tools and models of measurement
  • Adaptive re-use of underutilised spaces case studies

Sport and recreation events, programs and services in our places and spaces are the Solid Foundations of our industry, it's what we do. Come and share your successes of gathering your community to a special cultural event. How did you make it sustainable? What was innovative in the way you ensured the programming was perfect for another season of sports competition?

The way we service our community is changing, how we interact with our recreation partners to deliver programs is evolving, and our events are getting more sophisticated and multipurpose. In this ever-changing landscape of public activities, tell us how you're ensuring your communities' Vibrant Futures through sustainable and innovative design and delivery.

Focussed sub topics include:

• Sustainability

  • Economic - will the user pay?
  • Governance and accountability
  • Social responsibility to deliver for all - boomers to babes
  • Environmental

• Innovation / Technology / Research

  • Delivery models for services and programs
  • Gamification - a motivating force
  • For purpose vs not for profit

• Planning and Design

  • Diversity of options - are we giving too much choice?
  • Inclusion - what is it? Why do we do it? How do we include people?
  • Accessible to who? Why? How?
  • Diversity - the age of the individual participant

• Review and Adaptation

  • Tools and models of measurement
  • Why measure use and success?

Abstracts should be of interest to people working in one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Metro and Rural Councils
  • Growth Areas
  • Regional Cities
  • Sporting and Recreational services

Application Process:

  • Abstracts must be submitted using the online system.
  • Acknowledgement of the receipt of a completed abstract will be made by email.

Information required with an abstract submission:

  • Title of presentation/ workshop
  • Session type (solo presentation, shared presentation, workshop or panel)
  • Length of session (30 min, 60 min or 90min)
  • Presenter's name(s)
  • Presenter's position and workplace/ company
  • Learning outcome of the session (what the delegate will know at the end of the session)
  • Outline of how the presenter will engage/ interact with the audience
  • Abstract
  • A summary of 100 - 150 words describing the issue/ presentation. Abstracts will be used in the Conference Program.
  • Biography
  • Presenter photo

Key Dates:

  • Call for Abstracts Open: 26 November 2018
  • Call for Abstracts Close: Monday 4 February 2019
  • Speakers notified of acceptance: Wednesday 27 February 2019

Submission Conditions:

  • The invitation to submit an Abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference.
  • Speakers will have the option to register and attend the Conference for a reduced rate (speaker rate). Conversely, if a speaker can only be at the Conference for their presentation, no registration fee will be applicable.


  • You may submit more than one abstract
  • Abstracts with a rural context are strongly encouraged
  • Abstracts should focus on key learnings from the project and not simply be a summary of a project process and outcomes
  • Workshops are strongly encouraged

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