Parks and Leisure QLD - Newsletter #19

June 2014


  1. From the President's Desk

PLA National Conference - Cairns August 24-27 - DON'T MISS IT!

The planning for this conference is almost completed.  Some exceptional keynotes have been secured and a great social and professional program has been developed.  This is a perfect opportunity for parks and leisure professionals in Queensland.  Come on! Everyone it’s in our home state- we should be supporting the event and taking advantage of what is really cost effective professional development.  It is also a great opportunity to encourage Councillors to attend and learn more about our industry and their roles in local government parks, sport and recreation.  I would hope that all local governments send at least one officer- we don’t get this opportunity often so take advantage of it.

I would like to express my gratitude to the local committee working behind the scenes to make this conference successful and of course to the National Committee who have been on a punishing schedule to achieve planning and organisational deadlines.

Check out the conference website for more information on why you should be there.

Townsville Network Event - June 4

Townsville Network Event

The Townsville networking event at Picnic Bay Surf Club was a great success with about 20 professionals turning up to hear about the upcoming conference and to talk about issues in our industry.  Thanks to Anand and Matt for organising the night and to Sport and Rec Services and Townsville City for supporting the night.  Professionals from local, state and federal agencies were there as well as private sector Landscape and Leisure Planning.  Everyone agrees it would be good to have more of these events and to start showcasing some of the great projects and programs across the state.

Road Trip

Two of our most experienced members Lex Smith and Graham Burgdorf are going to undertake a road trip up to Cairns in the week preceding the conference.  Lex and Graham have a wealth of experience in parks and public space management and local government leisure services.  They will be stopping on the way up the coast to talk to other parks and leisure professionals.  If you would like to bring a group together to talk with Graham 

and Lex- please contact Tracy re potential dates and availability. Currently the program is- Bundaberg & Gladstone 18/8/14, Rockhampton 19/8/14, Mackay 20/8/14, Bowen 21/8/14, Townsville 22/8/14 – to read more see article in 2014 PLAQ Events in this newsletter.

ABS announces cuts to vital research.

In a major blow to our industry’s ability to track change in active living participation and general recreation trends, the ABS has announced it will cut support for a number of surveys and data capture programs.  This is a direct result of the federal budget and could have serious consequences to collation of evidence to support a range of programs.  You can read the press release here: . PLA will be advocating strongly for a review of this short sighted decision- you can help by contacting your federal member and letting them know that the penny pinching in demographic research creates a serious disadvantage for evidence based planning.  Perhaps a new approach can be developed that addresses our data needs more effectively.  If you have ideas please email

Marty.  (Martin Lambert, PLAQ President)

2. PLA QLD Events 

 May 9:  PLA QLD Regional Awards and Project Wild Thing

 A great night was had by all.  PLA Qld Regional 2014 Award winner were:

Award for Inclusive and Connected Communities

Winner:  Moreton Bay Regional Council

Project:  Healthy and Active Moreton

 Award for Leisure Facilities

Winner:  Gold Coast City Council

Project:  Upper Coomera Centre

 Award for open Space Planning

Winner:  Moreton Bay Regional Council

Project:  Redcliffe Seaside Village 

Award for Sustainable Initiatives

Winner:  Technigro

​Project:  Integrated Vegetation Management

Award for Events 

Winner:  Cairns Regional Council

Project:  Cairns Airport Adventure Festival

Parks and Open Space Development Award

Winner:  Logan City Council

Project:  Shailer Pioneer Park, Harley Street, Shailer Park

Play Space Award - Category B

(250,000- $1,000,000)

Winner:  Brisbane City Council

Project:  Calmvale District Park Playspace

Play Space Award - Category C

​​(over $1,000,000)

Winner:  Urban Play

Project:  Bells Reach Adventure Park

Research Project Award

Winner:  Technigro

Project:  The Integrated Vegetation Management Project

Proudly sponsored by: 

Show and Shine 

2014 Award Winning Project Visits

2 x day trips to visit Award winning projects. (Date to be advised)

In July Parks and Leisure Queensland will be organising two bus trips to visit the projects that won the 2014 Parks and Leisure Regional Awards. 

The first trip will head north to Redcliffe and Caloundra to explore

great examples of a play space and open space planning.

Approximately 2 weeks later we will again hit the road and travel south to Calamvale, Shailer Park and Upper Coomera.  These projects will showcase our Award winners for open space development, leisure facilities and another great play space.

The full program, complete with dates, will be available shortly.  

Contact if you would like to be involved. 

Road Trip

Departing Brisbane on 17 August 2014 Lex Smith, City Space’s Manager for Redland City Council and Graham Burgdorf (ex Parks Coordinator for Moreton Bay Regional Council,) are taking to the road to talk about PLA.

In the planning are PLA networking and meet and greet events in Bundaberg and Gladstone (18/8/14), Rockhampton (19/8/14), Mackay (20/8/14), Bowen (21/8/14) and Townsville (22/8/14).

The Townsville Event date, Friday 22 August is locked in and arrangements are being made.

Hosts and sponsors in the other townships and cities are being invited now to get on board and hold an event. 

The afternoon events could take place in the local depot, cafe or tavern, meeting room or a favourite park or sporting venue. The event will include short presentations from the travellers and the event host and sponsors.  Lex and Graham will also start discussions around the benefits of belonging to PLA and the PLA awards.  Information will also be made available.

All current and future PLA members are invited to join in.  The event is free and you can bring as many friends and colleagues as you would like.

Parks and Leisure Australia is the peak industry association for professionals working in the Parks and Leisure sector in Australia, representing over 2500 members. Through a broad range of services PLA support’s members to provide opportunities that strengthen communities through good use of leisure time for the social, environmental, economic and physical wellbeing of all Australians.  More info.  Bookings here...

 Parks and Leisure National Conference August 24 - 27, Cairns, Australia

PLA National Conference comes to Queensland!

2014 is an exciting year for parks and leisure professionals across Queensland.  It’s the first time in six years that our peak body’s national conference has been held in the Sunshine State.  PLA is evolving and so is our National Conference.  Get involved and be a part of an exciting new era for PLA.  Join us in Cairns August 24-27th 2014!

This year’s theme ‘Communicate | Cooperate | Collaborate – sharing ideas and resources for a happier, healthier Australia’ presents a fantastic opportunity for some innovative and thought-provoking sessions.  The National Conference Committee, including Queensland representatives Kristina Dickman, Anand Pillay and Nikki Williams, is working in partnership with the PLA National Office to create a stimulating program which will challenge and inspire you.

Get involved and support the return of the PLA National Conference to our backyard.  I look forward to seeing you in Cairns in August.

Julie Nicholls

CHAIR - Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference 2014

T: +61 7 4055 6250 |  M: 0439 040 579 |  F: +61 7 4055 6250 |

3. PLA National News

Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal

Featuring the latest news, thought provoking articles and industry insights from Australia and overseas, the official quarterly journal of Parks and Leisure Australia and the New Zealand Recreation Association keeps members, partners and associates ahead of the ever-changing industry.

With a readership of approximately 6000, it’s also the perfect vehicle to promote your topical article, research paper, product, service, business initiative or venture to industry leaders in Australia and overseas.

PLA Members: log in for the full Vol. 17. No 1 Autumn 2014 Edition and back catalogue.

Non Members: browse a sample of Vol 17 (1) at

Careers and Tenders

Be sure to check out the new vacancies and tenders listed in Parks and Leisure Australia's Careers and Tenders section of the website. We regularly list new career openings within the parks and leisure sectors.  Visit

If you wish to advertise a position or current vacancy, please contact Parks and Leisure Australia National Office on (08) 8332 0130 or

4. Park Industry News

Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Aussie kids graded D- in first ever physical activity report card.  Australian school children rank among the worst in the world for overall physical activity levels, narrowly avoiding a FAIL in a new national report card released today.

Supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth has found 80% of 5-17 year olds are not meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Using an international ranking tool developed in Canada, Australia's Report Card will today be measured against 14 other countries around the world.

Report author Natasha Schranz, PhD from the University of South Australia said too many Australian parents believe playing sport is enough to keep their kids healthy.  “Australia is a sporting nation, and vast numbers of children are involved in some type of organised sport but this report clearly shows we need to be looking at further ways to keep kids active when they are not on the sports field,” Dr Schranz said.

“Things like walking to school, playing outside and turning off televisions and computers also contribute to overall health and physical activity levels – and these things are being forgotten.”

Among the 12 grades assigned in the Report Card, key grades include:

·         D- for Overall Physical Activity Levels

·         B-  for Organised Sport and Physical Activity Participation

·         D for Active Transportation (such as riding or walking to school)

·         D- for Sedentary Behaviours (screen time)

The Heart Foundation’s National Lead on Active Living, Associate Professor Trevor Shilton said the evidence can’t be ignored.

“We’re raising a generation of couch potatoes and if we don’t start to reverse this trend this will drive up health problems in the future – obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease,” he said.

“We know what works. We need high quality, mandatory physical activity in our schools. We need to encourage and support our kids to stay active in everyday life – to be social and play outside, to walk and cycle in their neighbourhoods, do some household chores and limit hours of screen time.

“It requires a coordinated response – governments, communities, schools, families and individuals can all play a role, we just need to start the conversation.”

For interviews or more information please contact:
Rachael Cassidy, National Manager, Media and Communications 0478 483 777

About the Report Card
The Active Healthy Kids Australia Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Young People was developed by researchers at several leading Australian universities and research institutes using data from a number of national and state-based surveys. Full copies of the Report Card can be downloaded at

Download the Reports

The Active Healthy Kids Australia 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People (Long report)

The Active Healthy Kids Australia 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People (Short report)

10 easy ways to get active as a family 

LITTLE TACCAS (submitted by Nikki Williams, Cairns Regional Council)

Cairns Regional Council’s ‘Little Taccas’ Children’s Nature Activities Program began in May with fifteen children, their carers and Volunteers who explore the gardens on a perfect sunny day.

Volunteers play an integral role in promoting the Botanic Gardens and the importance of the tropical plant world and were very pleased to offer support to the new ‘Little Taccas’ program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia.

This program was created to encourage children to learn about and experience the natural world whilst also forming friendships, as well as giving them opportunity to develop and grow through the support of caring volunteers and supportive parents in a safe, yet active, natural environment. It was also developed with the aim to connect parents and their children within the community whilst teaching them more about nature-activities such as garden discovery walks, nature based art & craft and story-telling and sing-alongs.


Each fortnight an activity is based in the wonderful Botanic Gardens to show case the many areas for children and parents to connect with nature with themes including Flowers, Who Lives at the Lakes?, Treasure Hunt, Picnic in the Park, Caterpillars & Butterflies to name a few.

Little Taccas has been extremely popular with all workshops booked out for the entire year.

Covered Sport Spaces 

 Covering your needs is our field of play  SMC2 designs and constructs covered buildings for sports. When covering a sports field or building a sports installation, every project has its own solution: Multi-sports grounds, indoor football pitches, tennis courts, gymnasiums, bowling pitches, changing rooms, stands, covered school playgrounds, sports centres, swimming pools...

With SMC2, opt for facilities that contribute to keeping investment budgets and running costs under control, whilst offering an ideal environment for playing under all weather conditions: natural light, acoustic comfort, temperate atmosphere...

 SMC2 has developed a range of solutions. They all combine functionality, design and robustness.

LED Luminaires

LED Luminaires represent the latest generation in AAA-LUX sports floodlighting, and offer a raft of advantages for both players and clubs:   

  • Better light - it’s like sporting in daylight!
  • Flexible in use - switching and dimming at any time

·         User friendly - wireless lighting control management system

·         Reduce energy and mantainance costs

·         Fits on existing masts - it’s an easy upgrade - Retrofit

Suitable for: Tennis; Hockey;  Soccer;  Athletics; Rugby; Multi-sport

For more information visit

5. Upcoming Conferences, Seminars, Workshops & Events

Registrations are now open for our 2014 Water Sensitive Urban Design Training Program. Courses will be held throughout Queensland in July, August and September. 

To register for one of the training courses, download, print and complete the registration form.

International conference on peri-urban landscapes: water, food and environmental security.  Competing for natural resources in changing peri-urban landscapes.  8 - 10 July 2014, Sydney, Australia

Peri-urban areas are zones of transition from rural to urban land uses located between the outer limits of urban and regional centres and the rural environment. The boundaries of peri-urban areas are porous and transitory as urban development extends into rural and industrial land. Irrespective of how the boundaries move there will always be peri-urban zones.

Irrespective of how the boundaries move there will always be peri-urban zones. There are growing concerns about water and food security to meet increases in population in urban areas. For cities to be liveable and sustainable into the future there is a need to maintain the natural resource base and the ecosystem services in the peri-urban areas surrounding cities.

Development of peri-urban areas involves the conversion of rural lands to residential use, closer subdivision, fragmentation and a changing mix of urban and rural activities and functions. Changes within these areas can have significant impacts upon agricultural uses and productivity, environmental amenity and natural habitat, supply and quality of water and water and energy consumption. These changes affect the peri-urban areas themselves and the associated urban and rural environments.

In the past, cities and towns have been established in areas that had secure water and energy supplies and fertile lands for food production. The burgeoning population growth and expansion of urban centres worldwide has placed increasing pressure on potable water supplies, energy and food supplies and the ecosystems services on which the community and the liveability of the community depend. The themes of the conference are selected to focus on critical natural resource, socio-economic, legal, policy and institutional issues that are impacted by the inevitable drift of cities into peri-urban areas.
Peri-urban’14 is the first of its kind; an international, transdisciplinary conference which provides a valuable opportunity to explore these issues.  For more information visit

 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, 9th - 11th July 2014 

Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW.  

The Making Cities Liveable Conference includes 4 interactive workshops and 2 study tours on Wednesday 9th July. The program will facilitate discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing Australian Cities. Presentations will consider the “liveability” of our cities and towns in the future and the changes required to public policy to build the communities of tomorrow.  For more information go to

The 29th International Horticultural Congress

Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes 

Brisbane, Australia | 17-22 August 2014 |

The Congress is being hosted by the highly-acclaimed Australian Society of Horticultural Science, the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Held every four years at various sites around the world and attracting more than 2,000 delegates, the Congress is a world forum covering all aspects of horticulture and horticultural science.

The theme of the 2014 congress is 'Horticulture - sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes'. We've chosen this theme to highlight the unique potential of horticulture addressing the key issues of modern society - health, poverty, food production and the environment. Horticulture matters to us all, whether we are involved in research, extension, education, or servicing horticulture in commercial, amenity or environmental horticulture, in both developed or developing countries. In the spirit of scientific cooperation and sharing knowledge globally, the Congress will showcase advanced technologies that are becoming globally significant in a world with a rapidly growing population, less cultivatable land and an environment under threat.  For more information go to 

The 2014 Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference has been designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting parks and leisure professionals around Australasia.  

This year you are invited to Cairns, the thriving hub of Far North Queensland, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, both sites of spectacular beauty and ecological significance, and key recreation and tourism assets. Cairns offers a spectacular location to combine business and pleasure.

This year’s PLA National Conference will be held at the award winning Cairns Convention Centre from August  24 to 27.  We look forward to welcoming you to the 2014 Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference.

 2014 Qld Fitness, Sport and Recreation Workforce Development Conference

Wednesday 27 August 2014.  8:30am to 4:00pm.  The Pavilion, Function and Conference Centre, Allan Border Field,  1 Bogan St, Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, Queensland

The annual Skills Alliance Workforce Development Conference provides an opportunity for the fitness, sport and recreation industry to focus on skills, training and workforce development issues for the industry, including current industry research, best practice case studies, and any other new and innovative workforce planning and development strategies.  It also provides an opportunity for industry stakeholders, education and training providers, and all levels of government to come together and update their industry knowledge and skills through a series of presentations.

For more information go to

3rd Global Conference: Sport 

(September 2014: Oxford, United Kingdom)

Saturday 30th August – Monday 1st September 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Sport and Place: Sport, Identity and Community

Joint Organising Chairs:
Karl Spracklen:
Rob Fisher:

For further details of the conference, please visit:

The 7th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Intercontinental, Adelaide from Monday the 1st to Wednesday 3rd of September 2014.

The conference is themed “Designing Productive Cities” and will explore the framework required for creating today’s cities, the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.  Designing productive cities also has other considerations including Social Equity, Inclusion and developing meaningful relationships and interconnectivity between Cities and Regional Australia.

See more at:

The theme of the Congress is “Leisure: Enhancing the Human Condition," and presentations should fit within one of the tracks associated with leisure. Daily subthemes have also been announced:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation
  • Building a Livable City

The full 6-day plenary schedule has now been published and it's populated by a speaker roster that's been growing more robust and diversified every month.  Check out the entire list of educators, researchers, advocates, non-profit leaders, sporting innovators and government administrators from Italy, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Malaysia and more. Of course, that doesn't count the education sessions that will fill your afternoons at the World Leisure Congress.

For more information go to

LARGE RIVER BASINS Canberra, Australia | 15-18 September 2014

The 17th International Riversymposium has an overarching theme of ‘Large River Basins’. There is hardly a better location to hold this conference than in Canberra in the Murray-Darling Basin – where much of Australia’s A$13 billion water reform implementation and large basin planning has occurred since 2007. Sharing the experiences and some world-leading innovations will be a great back-drop to this event.

This year’s Riversymposium will have something for all river professionals. We are lowering the standard registration level substantially to ensure no financial barriers to this exciting event. Above all, the Riversymposium will be an occasion to celebrate – with awards of Riverprizes at the fabulous Gala dinner, a river art festival, and strong social and partner programs.

For more information go to

The World Green Infrastructure Network(WGIN) has an international membership of 17 countries, holding bi-annual Congresses to promote urban greening, greenroofs & living facades as one solution to mitigating the impacts of climate change, improving building energy efficiency and reconnecting urban populations with nature.

Green Roofs Australasia(GRA) will host the Congress at the Australian Technology Park in the heart of beautiful Sydney. The Congress will present the latest global research; best practice projects; Green Infrastructure Technology Expo; USA training workshops by accredited lecturers; Sydney eco-tours and post congress travel packages in Australia and New Zealand.

Green Infrastructure incorporating vegetation technologies is a rapidly expanding industry and GRA will present global leaders to share experience, research data, technology developments; future direction, policy incentives and education during the four day congress.

For more information visit

The conference will focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. We aim to advance economic and social outcomes by providing a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Regional Australia.  All papers presented at the conference will be published in the book of proceedings for distribution to delegates, sponsors, governments, business and academic institutions and other interested parties.   See more at:

The NSW Government in partnership with the City of Sydney has won the right to host the 2014 Walk 21 event, the world’s leading Conference on walking. It will be held at Luna Park on 21-23 October, 2014, Sydney NSW.  For more information visit

IUCN World Parks Congress to be held in Sydney 12-19 November 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade. The next IUCN World Parks Congress will be held in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014, and NPWS is proud to be one of the hosts of this global protected areas' forum.  The World Parks Congress website is now live and outlines the first wave of information on the congress, including program streams, cross-cutting themes, lead organisations and co-host agencies.

As challenges in sustainable development and sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources accelerate, the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress will play a key role in ensuring that protected areas can contribute towards addressing them. The ultimate aim of the Congress is to position parks and protected areas firmly within broader goals of economic and community wellbeing. The theme of the Congress has therefore been selected as Parks, People Planet: Inspiring Solutions.

For more information go to 

6. Research Connections Update

Download Volumes of Research Connections Newsletter focusing on research projects underway in Australia and New Zealand  The September 2014 edition will focus on research projects underway in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

7.  Some Useful Links 

For the latest Parks & leisure related news go to

Nature Play QLD is a state wide initiative, rolled out under QORF's banner to encourage Queensland young people back outside for unstructured play time and to receive all the associated benefits.  

Visit for information and resources.

 Toddler Fitness (Or why we need to reduce screen time before it hurts our children)

By Penny Johnston ()

Todays toddlers are unfit.. that's not a headline you'd expect to hear, surely little children are the only ones in our society who naturally use all the energy given to them? If you have a toddler in your house you probably think they never sit still but studies are showing that disturbingly, toddlers are not as active as they were a generation ago and as a society we are about to discover just how dangerous this can be for long term health outcomes.

To view the full article go to 

International Centre for Research and Study on Tourism go to 

Market Segmentation for Sports Participation

Australians are becoming increasingly time-poor and, for many, more restricted in terms of budget. Changing lifestyles and competing forms of entertainment have created an increasingly complex landscape, making it difficult to understand the changing attitudes and behaviours of Australians in relation to sport.

Furthermore, past research has shown that sport preferences have changed over the last ten years with an increased uptake in sport being played in a non-organised environment, versus a stagnation of participation in organised sport.

The research developed two Market Segmentation models; one for Adults (aged 14 to 65 years) and one for Children (aged five to 13 years). Over the next 12 months, the ASC will be adding Australians with disability and volunteers in sport to the Market Segmentation Study, to explore and identify the specific needs, motivations and barriers to sports participation and sports volunteering for these groups. It is anticipated these findings will be available in late 2013.

The purpose of the Market Segmentation Study for both Adults and Children was to uncover, explore, identify and clearly articulate the different motivations, attitudes, needs and barriers that influence people’s decisions and behaviours in relation to sport and, in particular, participation in club-based sport. The study is designed to help clubs understand the market and more effectively target their approaches to particular segments.
In line with the changing consumer preferences, both Market Segmentation Studies identified that sports will need to adapt their offerings if they are to stay relevant to the Australian consumer. 

For more information visit

Green roofs, walls and facades are types of green infrastructure that can help to cool and beautify our cities, and manage stormwater runoff. New guidance on how to design, construct and maintain this type of infrastructure has recently been released in Victoria. The Growing Green Guide includes a number of Victorian case studies and a summary of some relevant research findings. The Growing Green Guide is supported by a website that features a range of resources, including policy options for Councils and other organisations that want to encourage green roofs, walls and facades.

Auckland has a strong reputation as a leader in water sensitive urban design. Recently, Auckland Council produced new guidelines to help support good land use practice and stormwater management. Titled Water Sensitive Design for Stormwater, the guidelines include three volumes:

Volume One – Water Sensitive Design Principles

Volume Two – Water Sensitive Design Practice

Volume Three – Case Studies

GovernmentNews is Australia’s only independent bi-monthly magazine circulated to all levels of government.  It is dedicated to bringing together relevant news, interviews, and case studies to government decision makers and those in public office.  The website enhances Government News’ role as an information exchange, with FREE eNews sent to subscribers each week.   - the national one stop shop for accessible tourism in Australia.  Go to 

Annals of Leisure Research

The latest issues of Annals of Leisure Research can be purchased online at  

National UPLOADS Trial

The UPLOADS (Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System) allows you and your organisation to collect detailed information surrounding injury and near miss incidents in a way that will support you in taking measures to prevent them.

The National trial involves using UPLOADS for at least a 12 month period to collect information about near misses, incidents and participation rates. The UPLOADS project plans to continue after this period and organisations are encouraged to continue their involvement. The research project has received ethics approval from the University of the Sunshine Coast (approval no A/13/454). 

If you would like to participate in the trial, go to

Alternatively, contact: Dr Natassia Goode (Project Manager), Phone: +61 7 5456 5850, Email:

COOEEads provides a weekly email listing of jobs, conferences and training opportunities in the outdoor education/ recreation; environmental education/extension; and conservation/park management fields in Australia and New Zealand.  Go to

The latest edition of Responsible Tourism News is now published, and is available online at

For the latest QORF News visit

For the latest Water by Design news go to

8. Book Review - "Future Parks"

Using images and words to tell stories, explain complex contexts and illuminate successes and failures, Ms Wright explores four emerging “typologies”: Linkages; Obsolescences; Co-locations and; Installations.  There maybe those who would argue the naming of these emerging types, but that really misses the point.  There is a lot to understand about the myriad examples used and Ms Wright does an exceptional job of explaining the historical, cultural and economic contexts of each example. You may not agree with everything, but I can guarantee this book will change your thinking.

This is a Keeper!  It should be required reading for anyone who works in the realm of public space. In fact, it should be on the list for anyone in our industry.

Amalie Wright recently penned an article for the ABC on her views of what the park of the future will look like. "With increasing competition for limited urban land, parks are at risk of being squeezed out. But just what a park is and how it can be embraced comes down to us." You can read the article online

Martin Lambert.  President Parks and Leisure Australia (Queensland)

Future Park – Imagining Tomorrow’s Urban Parks.  Amalie Wright, CSIRO Publishing 2013

This is a thought provoking and insightful book.  Part philosophy, part history, part social commentary and partly a call to arms.  This book will challenge you to look differently at public space and our cities’ responses to emerging urban trends.

Amalie Wright, a Brisbane based author, has combined keen observation, detailed research, an exceptional understanding of  design and planning disciplines and a great sense of  humour, to provide an accessible and enlightening exploration of global trends and local examples.  I enjoyed this book immensely and found myself completely absorbed while I argued internally with my own preconceptions. 

Job well done Amalie!  It got me thinking and wondering about public spaces and what might constitute our “parks” in the future and, of course, reassessing my own views (and past projects).  There is some serious critical thinking in this book and the author delivers equal portions of credit and reproach for the projects that are explored.  Examples from Europe, America, South America and Australia are fluidly incorporated into the content, supporting the narrative and ideas explored very effectively.

The book anchors its exploration on four contemporary paradoxes: Globalisation (reaching out and retreating in equal measures); Urbanisation (increasing populations and shrinking cities); Segregation, Safety, Silos and Space (the trend to specialise functions is proving it is more difficult to get things done) and; the Global Financial Crisis (increased consumption seen as a solution to a problem caused by rampant consumption).

9. Grants and Funding SourcesRequests for Newsletter Articles

For information on the range of Grants & Funding opportunities available for sport and recreation in Queensland – go to

QORF have an excellent summary of grant and funding information – go to

10. Requests for Newsletter Articles

If your organisation has done something innovative or interesting that you would like to share with others, please send details and photos for inclusion in this newsletter.  Alternatively you may be aware of an interesting website or some recent publication that PLAQ members would be interested in.  Please forward information to John Wood at  

The next issue of the PLAQ newsletter will be October with cut-off for items September 30, 2014

11. PLA QLD Executive Officer Contact Details

Tracy Barkham

Parks and Leisure Australia (Queensland Secretariat)

Mob 0481 337 527 | Fax 07 33510212