2018 Annual Parks Seminar

Advancing Natural Asset Management

An in-depth exploration of best practice relating to the management and planning of parks assets and services with a focus on living assets.

About the Seminar

  • Bring together your planning, operations and asset management staff to develop a coordinated approach to your parks management work – ensure you’re all on the same page!
  • Explore the various tools available to assess and monitor your organisations performance over time
  • Identify the common industry improvement issues and solutions in your area

Course objectives

  • Take away your own customised improvement plan for living assets management
  • Take your parks management skills and approach to the next level
  • Be able to implement improvements within your organisation
  • Explore the common industry improvement issues and challenges with your peers
  • Use tools and resources to help assess and track your improvement process
  • Aim for, and demonstrate that you have achieved, best practice parks management, planning and operations


  • Valuation of living assets – Obtain clarity on a topic that continues to generate significant debate- often mixed with an element of confusion!
  • Learn what you can do, what you should do and how you can do it
  • Incorporating living assets into your asset register
  • Renewal planning and the role of condition and performance assessment
  • Applying asset management planning techniques to bush/natural areas
  • Preparing levels of service for living assets including bush areas
  • Preparing service specifications for living assets
  • Leveraging resources for natural areas from wider environmental benefits


  • Implement or advise on the approach to valuing living assets appropriate to your organisation
  • Review and develop approach to recording living assets
  • Understand and implement the appropriate tools for assessment of your living assets
  • Develop or enhance renewal/maintenance planning of living asserts
  • Develop or enhance levels of service and service delivery specifications relating to living assets

Who should attend

  • Parks managers and directors
  • Parks planners
  • Parks asset officers
  • Parks supervisors/coordinators
  • Bushland coordinators
  • Parks management consultants

Seminar Presenters  

Brian Milne | Xyst Ltd

Brian has a wide range of experience in local government parks and recreation management, with over 35 years in the industry. In addition to a background in operations and planning work, Brian now specialises in asset management for the parks and facilities sector, and is seen as an international leader in the field.

Brian has been at the forefront of the development of parks management practices for the parks and recreation industry. He was a member and chairperson of the New Zealand parks and recreation asset management committee, which introduced a standard asset management system for the local government and developed the condition grading guidelines for parks assets. Brian has also been involved with several other national projects including the preparation of the NZRA parks categories and levels of service guidelines and the N.Z. Open Space Maintenance Specification.

Over the last five years he has been the lead author of IPWEA’s Parks Management Practice Notes 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4.


Jayson Kelly | Xyst Ltd

Jayson has over 30 years of local government experience in all facets of parks management. He began his career as a horticultural apprentice working in a parks department, and gained hands on experience in all aspects of parks maintenance activities, from the ground up.  He left working as a local government officer after several years as a parks manager for a large city council, and has spent the last 15 years as a specialist parks management consultant working throughout Australia and New Zealand, supporting some of the country’s small shire councils through to some of the leading capital city councils.

Through his involvement with the Yardstick program as the Project Director for the Parks project, and as an auditor, he has gained an extensive knowledge of differing practices and issues within the parks and recreation sector, and a good understanding of what best practice actually is. Similarly, his contacts and professional networks span both sides of the Tasman, South Africa and Europe, in more than 60 Councils.

He has been the leader of several service delivery review projects for clients in New Zealand and Australia, and he co-authored Practice Note 10.3 on parks levels of service.

Brian and Jayson are both experienced and talented public speakers, having delivered IPWEA’s Annual Parks Seminars throughout Australia for the last 9 years, as well as being key note speakers and presenters for national and international conferences and seminars.

Brian and Jayson are both experienced and talented public speakers, having delivered IPWEA’s Annual Parks Seminars throughout Australia for the last 10 years, as well as being key note speakers and presenters for national and international parks industry bodies.

Practice Notes



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Seminar fee includes:
1-day seminar including presentation material, morning/afternoon tea and lunch
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