Early bird registrations are now open for SA’s leading professional development opportunity for managers, staff and business owners in the recreation, aquatics, parks and leisure sector.

The one-day conference your chance to meet and hear others, to gain valuable knowledge, become empowered, share experiences, and return to work or home with new insights.

Early registrations close February 28. 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

Keynote speaker Jane embraces innovation and continually strives to inject creativity in search of best practice high performance programs.

Belgravia Leisure:

Learning from the WaterMarc drowning tragedy: Belgravia Leisure shares it operational response

The drowning death of a 23-year-old student at the WaterMarc aquatic centre in 2014 prompted the Victorian Coroner Audrey Jamieson to review lifeguarding regulations for public swimming pools. Belgravia Leisure has implemented wide-ranging changes to all its aquatic operations across the country in response to the tragedy. A must -see presentation for all aquatics professionals.

Jo Marshall: General Manager, Programmed Maintenance Services

The economic and social benefits of building a diverse workplace culture

Jo Marshall will share her journey of strengthening culture by engaging an increasingly diverse workforce.  From cultural diversity, to age – both young and old – to disability, she and her team believe ‘Difference is the New Normal’.  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.

James McEwen: Partner, Property and Infrastructure, Wallmans Lawyers

Options in occupancy agreements: making them work for the benefit of our communities

There are many different forms of occupancy arrangements which can assist users, occupiers and the community get the most out of public/shared facilities. The seminar will examine these legal models, including leases, licences, management agreements, hire agreements and other occupancy rights, discussing those most commonly used, and the challenges and benefits of each model.    James has almost 20 years experience advising local government, community organisations and privately run recreational facilities on their asset and property management, assisting organisations manage their assets in a cost effective and efficient way, especially in the context of joint use.

Hayden Zammit OAM – Tourism & Digital Marketing Coordinator, Zoos South Australia:

Inspiring and educating visitors through technology

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.

Jayson Kelly, Director, Xyst: Sustainable Existence

Jayson has over 25 years of local government experience in the parks sector, either as a council officer, parks manager, or senior consultant specialising in parks management.

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.

Dr Natasha Schranz, Active Healthy Kids Australia Chair, University of South Australia

Do Our Kids Have all the Tools?

The latest Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People graded Australia with a D- for overall Physical Activity, with only one in five kids getting enough physical activity every day. The Report Card posed the question: Do our kids have all the tools they need to be active for life? The results suggest that this is not the case.

So how do we all play our part to ensure that kids are equipped with the tools they need to not only be more active now and in the future but to also experience the joy that being physically active brings?

Tyson Edwards: former AFL champion and SANFL coach.

Leadership forum panellist

Edwards is widely regarded as one of the most consistent and durable players of all time.  And it’s this ability to perform consistently at the highest level that marks Tyson out as a true professional and inspirational speaker.

Office for Recreation and Sport:

 Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia - Part One

Be updated on the projects and direction of the National Active Recreation Working Group (NARWG) This session will provide delegates an opportunity to share ideas and shape Government involvement in Active Recreation in SA.

 Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia - Part Two

Join a special presentation looking at the AusPlay data for South Australia. Learn more about the participation landscape of active recreation in SA. The AusPlay study is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia, which aims to identify strategies to grow participation in sport, leisure and recreation.

Download the program here: 2017 Conference Program

More program highlights will be announced in March.