2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference


Early bird registrations are now open for the 2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure conference.

The one-day conference is SA’s leading professional development opportunity for managers, staff and business owners in the recreation, aquatics, parks and leisure sector.

It your chance for you or your staff to meet and hear others, to gain valuable knowledge, become empowered, share experiences, and return to work or home with new insights.

Register here:

Program highlights include:

John Buchanan: Keynote Speaker
The former Australian Cricket Team Coach led the team to a World Record of 16 straight Test match wins and an unbeaten record of 24 one day international victories in two successful World Cups.  John is now a popular trainer and motivator working with international and Australian companies including BHP Billiton, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG and Telstra.

 2017 Recreation Parks and Leisure Awards Breakfast (7.45-9am):
This event is held to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations making an outstanding contribution to the recreation, parks and leisure sector in South Australia. Join industry leaders and professionals at this special breakfast event. All conference delegates receive a complimentary invitation to this event and are encouraged to attend. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast, juices, coffee and tea.

 Jane Woodlands-Thompson - AFL’s Women’s Football Advisory Group appointee and former Adelaide Thunderbirds ANZ Championship-winning coach
Awards Breakfast event keynote speaker Jane embraces innovation and continually strives to inject creativity in search of best practice high performance programs.

Learning from the WaterMarc drowning tragedy: a Belgravia Leisure operational case study
Belgravia Leisure has implemented wide-ranging changes to its aquatic operations across the country after the tragic drowning death of a 23-year-old student at the WaterMarc centre in 2014. A must-see presentation for all aquatic professionals.

Do Our Kids Have all the Tools?  Dr Natasha Schranz, Active Healthy Kids Australia Chair, University of South Australia:
Only one in five kids are getting enough physical activity every day, according to the latest Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People. So how do we all play our part to ensure that kids are equipped with the tools they need to be more active now and in the future.

The economic and social benefits of building a diverse workplace culture:,Jo Marshall, Programmed Maintenance Services General Manager SA
Jo will bust some myths around common preconceptions about the challenges of hiring people with special needs and talk about the very personal and commercial benefits of building a diverse workplace culture.

The Challenges of Modern Leadership; Panel Discussion
The environment in which leaders are expected to motivate and encourage their teams has transformed dramatically. Join three proven leaders, including Tyson Edwards, to discuss how to overcome some of today’s biggest workplace management challenges. Includes Q&A.


Inspiring and educating visitors through technology: Hayden Zammit OAM – Tourism & Digital Marketing Coordinator, Zoos South Australia:
Adelaide Zoo visitors can now receive location-specific content through Bluetooth technology via 65 ‘beacons’ across the Adelaide Zoo site. It provides visitors with information that is relevant to their visit on the day, whilst sharing the important conservation efforts of Zoos SA and making information more accessible.


Options in occupancy agreements: making them work for the benefit of our communities: James McEwen, Wallmans Lawyers Partner, Property and Infrastructure:
An examination of the different forms of occupancy arrangements and discussion on those most commonly used, as well as the challenges and benefits of each model.

 Jayson Kelly, Xyst, Director:This seminar is aimed at those involved in the planning and management of sports, recreation and nature spaces, streetscapes, playgrounds, soft and hard park infrastructure.

More speakers will be announced in March.

View the program here.2017 Conference Program


NOMINATE for a 2017 Recreation SA Award here.


Call for Abstracts:

The Conference Organising Committee is now seeking proposals for:
  • Single or shared oral presentations
  • Panel presentations
  • Workshops


Submit an Abstract here.




Registration prices and key dates:

Early bird registration (January 23 - February 28): 

Member: $220 (incl GST) Non-member: $270 (incl GST) 

Full price registration (March 1 - March 31): 

Member: $270 (incl GST) Non-Member: $320 (incl GST)

The conference is the fifth presented in partnership between Recreation SA and Parks and Leisure SA/NT. 

Become a Recreation SA member to take advantage of the member discount.


Here is a selection of last year's conference presentations: