The importance of the parks network to our communities is well established, with the raft of benefits ranging from physical and mental health wellbeing, social cohesion, biodiversity and conservation values, temperature and climate change mitigation, to economic development.
However, the potential of our parks network to deliver on all these benefits could be significantly undermined by sub-standard parks planning and management practices. Indeed, the success of our future smart cities will be underpinned by a sustainable, fully integrated and effective parks network.
Over the last 5 years IPWEA has continued to drive the agenda on parks planning and management, researching, developing and disseminating best practice guidance through a series of practice notes and workshops. Drawing on the most up-to-date, leading edge thinking from around Australia and New Zealand, these practice notes and workshops offer invaluable insight into a suite of practical approaches that tackle the myriad of challenges and opportunities faced by our parks practitioners today.
The latest practice note in the series, PN10.5 Parks Management: Planning
, will be launched later this month, swiftly followed by one day workshops, hosted in early June, at venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. PN10.5 Parks Management: Planning
provides practical parks planning advice and guidance, using best practice principles and industry examples to address various topics including: preparation of parks/open space strategies, community engagement and research, assessment of current provision, assessment of growth and demand and impact, asset management and service delivery planning.
The one-day workshops were presented during June 2019. They offered a guided tour through the key aspects of the practice note, providing attendees the opportunity to better understand the role of planning within the parks management framework, identifying an organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, and developing a roadmap for improving an organisation’s planning processes.
Also available through the IPWEA, other practice notes in the series include: PN10.1 – Asset Management: Inventories, Condition & Performance Assessment
Provides practical advice and guidance to assist parks management practitioners in the application of asset management practices, using parks terminology and examples to translate the typical engineering focused asset management approach to the park’s environment. PN10.2 – Asset Management: Renewal Planning, Valuation and Asset Management Plans
Focuses on financial budgeting and planning, valuation including the approach to setting individual asset lives and values, renewal planning and asset management plan preparation. PN10.3 – Parks Management: Levels of Service (LoS)
Specifically targeted at the parks industry with a framework of provision, development and operations, to cover all aspects of parks management decision making and delivery. Includes use of parks categories, LoS development process, costing levels of service, alternative LoS, systems and processes required, performance measures and consultation. PN10.4 – Parks Management: Service Delivery
Addresses service delivery planning, service reviews, service delivery specifications, quality management, contract management, maintenance planning, financial requirements for operations and maintenance.