Transforming Challenges into Opportunities – Review of the 2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference
Now in it's fifth year, the SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference was held at the recently-completed Campbelltown Leisure Centre (known as The ARC) on Monday, April 3, 2017, where the theme 'Transforming Challenges into Opportunities' was explored by a range of different speakers.
The conference, organised in partnership between Recreation SA and Parks & Leisure Australia (SA/NT), attracted over 150 delegates, trade exhibitors and presenters from a range of different sectors, including local government, aquatic, facility managers, sport and recreation officers and planners, and horticulture and land managers.
The Conference commenced with a breakfast, hosted by local media identity Mark Aiston, and featured the presentation of the 2017 Recreation SA Awards and the revealed the nominees for the 2017 Parks & Leisure Australia Awards (SA/NT Region). Mark then led an interview with Jane Woodlands-Thompson, who provided an insightful look into the world of professional sport and the establishment and success of the inaugural AFL Women's League.
Jane currently sits on the AFL’s Women’s Football Advisory Group member and is a former Adelaide Thunderbirds ANZ Championship-winning coach and her insights into the life of a public figure were received with great interest. The success of the inaugural season of the AFL Women's League was also discussed and whilst there is an air of excitement (particularly in Adelaide, home of the newly crowned premiers!), Jane suggested a cautious approach should be taken by the women, who, with a short season, will have a long time to wait for season 2018.
Following the breakfast event, the Conference was formally opened by State MP Katrine Hildyard, Member for Reynell, representing Minister for Sport and Recreation, Leon Bignell. Conference keynote speaker, John Buchanan, former coach of the Australian cricket team and Kolkata Knight Riders (from the Indian Premier League) delivered a presentation focused on success strategies, how to contribute and get the best out of your team. John remains one of the most successful coaches in Australia, leading 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 mentioned he was appointed coach of the Australian Cricket team in October 1999, despite considering himself an unlikely candidate given he had not played at the national Test level as his predecessors. Whilst his methods were sometimes questioned by cricket identities, John revealed that he sometimes saw his doubters as 'his Mount Everest', but with a clear game plan and vision, he steered the team to unprecedented success.
In line with the Conference’s overarching theme of team work and overcoming challenges to create opportunities, a panel discussion on 'The Challenges of Modern Leadership', followed the keynote presentation. The panel comprised former Crows star Tyson Edwards, SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre General Manager, Adam Luscombe, and Programmed Property Services General Manager, Jo Marshall. The three experienced professionals each offered different perspectives relating to managing teams and working through the challenges that this brings.
Key insights included:
One of the key take home messages of this session was that when mistakes or shortcomings are experienced, “people don’t fail, organisation’s fail their people”. Often, it is a series of events (or actions that do not occur) which result in failure, so organisations should take steps to learn from these and continually evolve and improve, to create a strengthened culture.
Following the keynote sessions, conference delegates moved into a range of plenary sessions under three streams, including ‘Healthy, Active Communities’, ‘Business & Technology’ and ‘Planning & Government’.
Alison Collins, from the SA Government's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, provided an overview of the 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide that is currently under review. The plan provides the framework for the State Government in setting planning policy for South Australia and is one of a few key documents shaping the function and form of SA, and the recreation behaviours of the community over the next 20-30 years. Key comments included:
Richard Mellon from the SA Government’s Office for Recreation & Sport provided a summary of the AusPlay data, which has replaced the former ERASS and ABS data relating to sport and recreation participation, via funding from the Australian Sports Commission until the end of 2018. The data is available on the Clearinghouse for Sport website.
The data is updated on a six-monthly basis, and recent findings highlight soccer is the most popular sport in all Australian states except SA and Victoria, where Australian Rules football is most popular. Walking is still the most popular recreational activity, followed by fitness/gym, athletics, cycling, swimming and bush walking. The data also provides information relating to motivators for participation, most popular venues for participation, and other key findings.
Hayden Zammit OAM presented on new visitor technology being used by Zoos South Australia, including at the Adelaide Zoo. The ibeacon technology enhanced visitor experiences by offering interactive and information through smart phones. Transmitters placed around the zoo enable visitors, via their smart phone, to access information such as animal profiles, keeper presentations and maps on smart phones as they walk around the zoo. The zoo has been impressed with the affordability and functionality of the technology, and suggested it could be used for other purposes such as for a history trail around a council area.
This is just a snapshot of a very successful day, with many more presentations offered. The Conference organising committee would like to thank the speakers, delegates, trade exhibitors, venue staff and sponsors for helping to create an informative and memorable event.
Parks & Leisure Australia (SA/NT)
Learn more about upcoming Recreation SA member events and activities.
parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, are free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
Click here to subscribe to their regular newsletter and receive events information.
Walking SA is conducting a Hiking Expo and Opening of the Bushwalking Season on Sunday April 23rd in Belair National Park.
For full details click here.
Active Ageing Australia's 2017 conference "WORKING AS ONE: Messages, Meaning, & Momentum for Action", will be held on May 10.
This year’s focus is communicating messages and inspiring change across sectors, settings and communities. For more information click here.
Inclusive Sport SA will host the Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference (IDS17) May 1-2 at Adelaide oval for over 200 local and interstate guests. Inclusion in sport is a growing topic of importance across Australia, with many sporting and recreation clubs continually improving access and opportunities for people that may be disadvantaged or marginalised.
Click here to register or for more information about the conference.
At the March meeting of the Community Recreation Committee, the following issues were raised as having a significant impact on the sector:
The NDIS Scheme and how it impacts the Community Recreation sector has been raised by several members as an issue because of the recent changes to its structure and how this affects an individuals ability to access recreation support and services. It was agreed by the Committee that this topic would be ideal for a Community Recreation breakfast meeting.
Topics for discussion could include: what the recreation sector needs to know about the changes to the NDIS Scheme, the practicalities of NDIS, the implications for use, the barriers to use.
This month Recreation SA farewells Jenny Borlase.
On behalf of the Board and staff at Recreation SA, Executive Officer Nick Takos thanked Jenny for her valuable contribution to Recreation SA, and the sectors she served, during her three years working at the organisation. Jenny, who liaised with and advocated for the Fitness and Community Recreation sectors, has departed the organisation to take up a role as Head Coach Netball, at the South Australian Sports Institute. She played a key role in increasing the profile of Recreation SA in the Fitness sector, through the delivery of the Fitness Professional Network Series, and launching the Inclusive Recreation project, which aims to assist our Community Recreation members and patrons. Recreation SA is grateful for her efforts and wish her all the best in new role, where her leadership skills will benefit the up-and-coming netballers of the state.
Following a successful launch of the redeveloped Trails SA website on 3rd April, the site is now live and has already heading towards receiving 10 000 hits.
More trails are being added to the site on a daily basis and many suggestions for additional trails have been received through the contact form on the site. As information and content becomes available new and missing trails will be loaded up and appear on the site. Anthony is happy to accept content submissions including trail photos and track notes. Please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2017. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activity. South Australia's bushwalking clubs and Walking SA are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a unique day in Belair National Park.
The Expo will include the following:
Expo will be located near the Volunteer Centre, cnr The Valley Road and Saddle Hill Road. View location map.
There will be a sausage sizzle, freshly cut sandwiches, baked goods, and tea & coffee provided by the Friends of Belair National Park. A coffee van will also be on site.
Find out more here.
Launched in September 2016, the SA Code of Practice is now undergoing an annual review to improve its functionality within industry. The Aquatic Advisory Committee is seeking feedback from all users to further develop and enhance this document.
View the document here, with feedback forms on page 12 (page 15 when printing).
Please forward all feedback to the Aquatics Advisory Committee, c/o Pania Rawlins, before 8 June 2017.
Please email feedback to email@example.com or send to:
3/95 King William Road, Unley, SA, 5061.
Recreation SA has secured one year of funding through the Office for Recreation and Sport to produce a Statewide Swimming Pool Audit and Master Plan (SPAMP).
The aim of the project is to establish current data on existing aquatic facilities in South Australia with the key objectives to:
Recreation SA is finalising the scope of the survey before distributing to a database of over 170 aquatic facilities, including local government, private swim schools and SA Education Department pools. Recreation SA is confident this project will build relationships with stakeholders, members and the aquatic industry. It is anticipated the data gathered will allow Recreation SA to advocate for increased recreational participation, infrastructure development, inclusive recreation, sustainable and accessible facilities.
An overview of the meeting held on 2 March 2017:
Swimming centres offer a whole range of community benefits. No matter the scale of the facility, they can act as a social hub to the community.
Recreation SA are looking to take stills and videos of your facilities to be included in the SPAMP project and for Recreation SA’s photo library. Our photographer will have release forms available for those photographed. If you provide programs for or host any of the following user groups, please email Pania Rawlins at firstname.lastname@example.org and advise which areas you can assist with:
I am particularly interested in building our library of CALD, multicultural, indigenous, elderly, diversity, to ensure Recreation SA accurately reflects users and participants.
If you’ve any questions, please contact Pania Rawlins, Aquatics Project Officer, at Recreation SA.
The Outdoor committee is a group of experienced people who are passionate advocates for their industry. The membership of this group is made up of elected representatives with broad industry representation across the State including tertiary and secondary education, not for profit organisations, commercial and voluntary organisations. I encourage you to contact them if you have any suggestions of items or issues we should be addressing or anything you believe Recreation should be showing more leadership with or advocating for.
The Committee is made up of:
Tim Gill (Chair - Recreation SA Board member)
David Williamson (Tafe SA)
Kerry Houston (Recreation SA Board member)
Ben Hopkins (Baptist Care SA)
Greg Boundy (Walking SA)
Michael Meredith (OEASA)
Peter Vandepeer (Life Member Recreation SA)
Due to one member having to step down, we currently have a vacancy. If interested in filling the vacancy until the next election in September, please contact me on 0418 814 867.
Two major initiatives members of our Committee are involved with are:
Recreation SA, along with other outdoors bodies from around the country, is working to develop a single set of national standards for outdoor adventure activities. As you may know, the Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) are the outdoor sectors best practice guidelines used to manage risk and safety across a wide range of outdoor adventure activities. They are designed to be used by skilled outdoor leaders who are responsible for participants in these activities. Currently, Recreation SA maintains its own set of South Australian Adventure Activity Standards as do the other states, however to provide consistency across all of these activities, the National AAS Steering Committee has been established to drive the development of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS).
Following many months of meetings, discussions and consultation, the Common Core Technical Committee are currently working on completing the largest task of the AAAS - the final draft of the AAAS Common Core that will be applicable to all activities.
Recreation SA is currently represented by Peter Vandepeer (a Life Member of Recreation SA) on both the Steering Committee and the Common Core Technical Committee. We thank Peter for working tirelessly to ensure we are represented effectively in this important process.
Technical Working Groups are now progressively being formed to shape up the AAAS in each specific activity. So far Bushwalking, Horse Trail Riding, Mountain Biking & Bicycle Touring, and Climbing & Abseiling groups have all been formed, with excellent representation from South Australians on all working groups.
The outdoor committee of Recreation SA has met and considered the development of the AAAS on four occasions and each of the members has discussed the AAS widely and sought (and provided) valuable feedback.
Outdoor Committee member David Williamson represented Recreation SA on the Outdoor Recreation Technical Advisory Committee and informs that both the Sport and Outdoor Recreation Cases for Change were approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The Outdoor Recreation Case for Change indicated that 18 months was required to undertake a full review of the associated training package components given the size and extent of change required, however AISC has requested that this work be completed within 12 months.
Further, the AISC has requested the review of equine related units of competency be submitted for endorsement by June 30, 2017. This is to align with other equine-related training package work occurring under a separate SSO, Skills Impact. The next step will be the issuing of an Activity Order allowing the commencement of work. Once formalised SkillsIQ will work to develop a Draft 1 based on the Cases for Change.
If you have any suggestions regarding any issues the Outdoor Committee can assist with, please don’t hesitate to contact Nick Takos on 0418 814 867.
Picture Credit: Horse SA.
Welcome to the EO's report for April.
Early this month Recreation SA successfully coordinated the 2017 SA Recreation, Parks and Leisure Conference at the Campbelltown Aquatics and Recreation Centre (ARC). More than 150 delegates, presenters and trade exhibitors attended and it was pleasing to see the event well-supported across our range of member organisations. The conference is SA's leading professional development opportunity for people working in the recreation sector and we're proud to offer discounted registration to our valued members. The event was jointly organised between Recreation SA and PLA (SA/NT) - I must say it was a great experience working with John Wilkinson and Cathy D’Aloia from PLA. Our two organisations worked extremely well in the many months of preparation required and we hope our delegates and trade exhibitors were able to achieve their expected outcomes. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Heather Kennett who was the key event manager from Recreation SA for constructing a high quality program of guest speakers and presenters and overseeing a successful day. Congratulations to our 2017 Award winners and all the nominees who were highlighted at the Awards Breakfast which kick-started the Conference. Thanks to Mark Aiston, Brenton Ragless, and Jane Woodlands-Thompson who helped make the Awards a high quality event. All great events are reliant on the staff and volunteers, so I would like to acknowledge my appreciation for the Recreation SA staff and Board who helped out on the day and to Recreation SA Life Member Peter Vandepeer and Alyssa Saunders for volunteering to support the event.
As the summer Aquatics season comes to a close we reflect on a period that has been hectic but successful, and thankfully fatally free at our public swimming pools. We are pleased to report this season the number of Watch Around Water centres has again increased, with more than 60 pools registered in 16/17 to Australia's leading national water safety and supervision program. We were able to once secure Clubs SA and Nine Adelaide as major supporters of the program and are grateful for their commitment to keeping the community safe when recreating at SA public swimming pools. This program is one of the major initiatives Recreation SA oversees to assist aquatics facilities in their quest for providing a safe environment for all to enjoy. Another major initiative is the SA Code of Practice for Public Swimming Pools, which was introduced at the start of the summer season in September. Recreation SA is now seeking feedback on its content as we look to improve on this document and explore ways to assist the aquatics industry in reaching the level of standards outlined in the document. Look out for a networking event to be hosted by Recreation SA in the coming months - I look forward to seeing you there. More details about this event will be released soon by Pania, the Aquatics Project Officer.
Recreation SA has successfully launched the re-developed Trails SA website at the 2017 Conference and will now begin increasing our marketing via Facebook and Instagram, to ensure we build on an already strong following. With a workshop recently run by our new Trails Project Manager, Anthony Bates, Recreation SA is constructing a summary of key priorities and activities based on information from the 2015 Trails Master Plan and feedback from workshop attendees (which included representatives from DEWNR, Forestry SA, SA Local Government, SA Water, Trails user groups and ORS). Our overarching aim is to assist the Trails sector to ensure the SA Trails network is a well-recognised and well-used recreational asset for all South Australians and our visitors. There are a range of organisations that are involved in the supply and delivery of the trails experience and our aim is to assist collaboration and co-operation wherever possible to ensure we minimise duplicity and maximise outcomes for all involved. The trails are fast becoming a recreational jewel in the crown for SA.
As I have mentioned previously, this area is a high priority for the board and myself, in order to deliver better outcomes for you, our valued members, and the sector as a whole. This is a particularly timely focus with an election year fast approaching. There are a number of issues we are considering which may form a key part of our advocacy strategy, such as advocating for:
Whilst we have canvassed our members and also requested our sector committees to provide feedback, we are always open to suggestions on major issues you would like us to be showing leadership and advocating for. Please contact me on 0418 814 867 or email me to discuss or provide any suggestions. There are also a range of actions we are undertaking behind the scenes to lead projects that will help provide support to the recreation industry, many of which will be discussed at our board strategy session being held on 15 May.
In closing, I would like to thank Jenny Borlase for her valuable contribution to Recreation SA, and the sectors she served, during her three years working at the organisation. Jenny, who liaised with and advocated for the Fitness and Community Recreation sectors, has departed the organisation to take up a role as Head Coach Netball, at the South Australian Sports Institute. She played a key role in increasing the profile of Recreation SA in the Fitness sector, through the delivery of the Fitness Professional Network Series, and launching the Inclusive Recreation project, which aims to assist our Community Recreation members and patrons. On behalf of the Board and staff at Recreation SA, I thank her for her efforts and wish her all the best in new role, where I am confident her leadership skills will benefit the up-and-coming netballers of the state.
Thank you for your continued support and membership.
Nick Takos Executive Officer
Board strategy review
The Board have commenced the process of reviewing the current Strategic Plan and will be holding a planning day on 15 May. This will be informed by information collected from our sector committees in relation to issues identified by each committee that they believe should be a priority for Recreation SA in its leadership and advocacy for the industry. In addition, a consultation process was undertaken by the Office of Recreation and Sport which provided our stakeholders the opportunity to deliver feedback in relation to how they perceive we are operating our business and also those areas which are not only important to them, but believe Recreation SA are performing well in, or could improve in. This information has been digested by Recreation SA and will be used to inform the strategic planning day in May.
New Board member appointed
At the last AGM our Treasurer Neil Butcher stepped down from the board which left a vacancy, and a big hole due to Neil’s extreme commitment and work ethic in his time on the board. However, we have been successful in securing Louisa Andreucci who will fill the position of Treasurer. Louisa is a qualified accountant and the Client Relationship Manager at leading business in Adelaide, Hood Sweeney. Louisa’s appointment not only brings a skillset that is vitally important to our board, but also adds to the gender and skill diversity composition that we seek in our quest for best practice governance.
Leadership Shadow program
At Recreation SA we are a strong advocate for the continued support for female leadership within the recreation industry. Recently our Executive Officer Nick Takos enrolled in the “Leadership Shadow program” which has been created and designed by the Office for Recreation and Sport to promote the critical role leaders play in fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As the peak body for Recreation in SA we want to assist our industry stakeholders in creating an environment in which the contribution of women (and other groups which make up a diverse workforce) is valued, respected and encouraged. Nick will be attending five workshops over ten weeks designed at providing attendees with tools and skills to assist staff and other stakeholders in examining work practices to ensure organisations meet the needs and challenges being faced by staff, irrespective of where they are on the diversity and inclusion continuum.
For more information please contact Executive Officer Nick Takos.
Fitness Professional Network Series
Recreation SA has started 2017 with a well-attended Fitness Professional Network series workshop Leadership Vs Management. Darren Roberts engaged the audience with a number of Leadership strategies for managers to implement with their team.
Bronwyn Commandeur Centre Manager / Area Manager YMCA felt that her staff really benefitted from attending this workshop:
“Thanks for arranging the session yesterday with Darren, he was fantastic. Such good feedback from our staff team who attended.”
See below for a number of events Recreation SA have scheduled for SA Exercise Professionals.
Just a reminder that you can enjoy a members discount for workshops by becoming either an individual member or organisational members of Recreation SA.
For more details check out our website or contact the office 8272 4396.
Upcoming Fitness events for 2017
Saturday 25 March -Boxing Workshop-Boxing Fitter Faster Stronger 2 CECS presented by Ben Crawford
An interactive, fun session that will provide participants with the latest information and ideas on the key elements to running an effective Group Exercise boxing session.
Ben will demonstrate how to keep clients motivated by a variety of exercises and great tips for class flow. A combination of bags, pads and body weight exercises will be included for you to try in this session. Come ready to sweat it out
Monday April 3 -Recreation SA Parks and Leisure State Conference Click here to Register
The event, with its over-arching theme of ‘Transforming Challenges into Opportunities’, will feature three streams to capture the whole of the recreation, leisure and parks sector: Healthy, Active Communities, Business & Technology and Government & Planning. It will showcase innovative ideas and emerging trends and has a strong emphasis on discussions and workshops, sharing ideas and experiences, as well as networking.
May -Yoga Across the AGES presented by Paula Lyle
This interactive workshop for group exercise leaders will focus on a variety of moves and positions that will challenge your clients BALANCE, FLEXIBILITY and CORE STRENGTH. Take home a number of new exercises and positions that will invigorate and motivate your clients. Paula works with the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Adelaide Crows and is known for her soothing voice and endless numbers of Yoga exercises for clients across the Ages.
June -Superfoods Workshop 2 CECS -presented by Themis Chrysisdis
Themis will separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to foodstuffs that inspire extravagant claims for health benefits. “Can any food really call itself super?” There are endless numbers of mixed and inaccurate messages being thrown around about food and dietary advice and on how to maintain a healthy body weight! Personal Trainers are often well placed to offer advice about nutrition “Your clients trust and confide in you”. This workshop will outline your scope of practice as a fitness professional, some of the basic facts about Superfoods and provide you with a good understanding of the key elements about maintaining a healthy body weight.
July - Marketing and Branding presented by Justin Tamsett
Friday August 18-Explore the Core 2 CECS presented by Amy Hunt
Learn the finer details of assessing your clients for potential debilitating back injuries.
A practical workshop that will provide many tips on assessing your clients core strength and posture followed by suggestions on the exercises that will form an effective core training program.
For more information please contact Jenny Borlase.
Join canoeist from all over Australia at the two-day river festival #Floatfest17 - April 8 and 9.
The event is focused on promoting safe on-water recreation and boosting visitation to the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.
For more information click here.
Aflex Technology has commenced the year with the appointment of Business Manager, Frank Witowski.
With extensive experience from operating his own highly successful businesses for many years, Witowski has been welcomed to the Aflex Technology team to manage day-today
business functions and assist the company’s continued growth. For more information click here.
Sport SA is bringing to life our mission to provide all South Australians with a special cultural museum centred on educating and inspiring future generations through sport and we are seeking your support of this exciting project! Click here to learn how you can support the museum.
Bike SA's special event 'Coast To Coast' is less than a month away. Make sure you don't miss out on South Australia's most spectacular bike ride from Glenelg to Victor Harbor. 65, 95 & 120km options. Sunday 2 April. For more information click here.