2020 Annual Parks Seminar

2020 Annual Parks 1-Day Seminar – A Walk in the Park

Asset management for parks managers

A broad ranging exploration of best practice relating to the management of parks assets and services, covering core tasks such as asset inventories and condition assessment, levels of service, operations and maintenance, valuation and renewal planning and preparation of asset management plans

About the Seminar

  • Bring together your parks 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 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


  • Asset inventories - Best practice for setting up and maintaining asset information
  • Levels of service – How to prepare levels of service to drive effective decision making
  • Operations and maintenance – How to prepare service standards, scheduling, undertake quality monitoring and contract management
  • Condition and performance assessment – what’s the difference? And why both are important
  • Valuation – The fundamentals of valuation – How to deal with green and other non-capitalised assets
  • Renewal plans - How to get your data working for you. A key output from all the above asset management tasks
  • Asset Management Plans – How to write effective asset management plans


  • Improve your parks management knowledge and skills
  • Implement or advise on the best approach to a range of asset management tasks
  • Understand how to develop and implement best practice in relation to operations and maintenance services
  • Develop skills to understand the valuation requirements and process for parks assets
  • Develop skills to write, contribute to or project manage the preparation of an asset management plan

Who should attend

  • Parks managers
  • Parks asset officers
  • Parks supervisors/coordinators
  • Bushland coordinators
  • Parks management consultants

Seminar Details

This seminar will be rescheduled - new dates coming soon


$650/pp (ex GST)

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

Cancellation Policy: Substitution advice must be received 3 days prior to seminar. Cancellations received less than 1 week prior to seminar will be required to pay full cost. The right is reserved to defer, amend or cancel seminar.

Contact Us

Email: admin@ipwea.org


Practice Notes



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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.