2019 Annual Parks Seminar

Advancing Parks Management

An in-depth exploration of best practice relating to the management and planning of parks assets and services, with a focus on renewal planning, performance assessment, service specifications and quality control.

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 latest best practice approaches and options for parks management with practical solutions to common challenges
  • Identify the common industry improvement issues and solutions in your area

Course objectives

  • Take away new solutions for parks 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


  • Renewal planning – explore the options for the best approach to renewal planning, including:
    • Use of performance assessment versus condition assessment
    • Variation based on levels of service
    • Linkage to valuation
    • Information, structures and systems required to consider alternatives
  • Parks Performance assessment – develop a model for the holistic assessment of a whole park and parks network
  • Operational service standards – develop your own service specifications based on the NZ model
  • Operations service scheduling – explore approaches to scheduling of maintenance services
  • Maintenance auditing – taking it to the next level – A case study
  • Data – what do we know and how do we tell the story?


  • Implement or advise on the best approach to renewal of parks assets
  • Review and improve approach to trails asset information and management
  • Understand how to develop maintenance service specifications and effective auditing systems
  • Improve the way you communicate key information to management, council and the public

Who should attend

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

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 six years he has been the lead author of IPWEA’s Parks Management Practice Notes 10.1, 10.2, 10.3,10.4 and 10.5.


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 and 10.4 on parks levels of service and service delivery.

Brian and Jayson are both experienced and skilled training leaders, having delivered IPWEA’s Annual Parks Seminars throughout Australia for the last 10 years, as well as being speakers and presenters at national and international conferences.

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$650 (ex GST) pp

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