EVENT RECAP – Tasmania Sector Seminar

  • October 13, 2023

PLA Vic/Tas had the pleasure of heading over to the Apple Isle for a few days as we explored what lies ahead for the parks and leisure industry in Tasmania. With sessions in both Launceston and Hobart, we heard from government representatives Active Tasmania as they gave an overview of their services which provide inclusive sport and recreation opportunities to all Tasmanians. 

Field of play experts SPORTENG, discussed the design of sustainable fields of play for the future and how to prepare turf for an El Nino summer, while the Australian Football League (AFL) explored their National Infrastructure Plan and Tasmania facility strategy. Attendees also heard from local construction service providers The Baker Group who spoke on the planning, design and management of recent projects.

Overall a wonderful time in Tassie and a great opportunity for PLA Vic/Tas Executive Officer, Dan Ferguson, to discuss next steps and workshop new ideas for professional development in Tasmania with PLA members and other industry professionals. Thanks to all who came along and contributed to the success of the events. Of course, a big thank you to all the presenters for their time and expertise and our event partners SPORTENG and The Baker Group. 

Thanks to our speakers

  • Jarrod Hill
    Director, SPORTENG
  • John Neylan
    Senior Turf Agronomist,

  • Nigel Baker
    Director, The Baker Group

  • Amber Koster
    Planning and Investment Lead, AFL


  • Anthony Osborn
    Media, Government & Facilities Manager, AFL
  • Alana Fazackerley
    Project Officer, Active Tasmania

  • Rachael Siley
    Project Officer, Active Tasmania

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SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. By combining engineering and specialist knowledge, they offer top-notch technical advice for all sports fields. With a deep understanding of design requirements and facility maintenance, their experienced team ensures the best possible design for clients.

Fundamental to their success has been the company mantra; measure twice, cut once. With high-quality documentation and an engineering-led design, this has been pivotal to their success.

The Group’s origins date back to 1970 when Michael Baker established the business. With the assistance of Michael’s sons Patrick and Nigel, The Baker Group has evolved into an enduring business that is respected as one of Tasmania’s leading civil and construction service providers, specialising in:

  • Sports Arena Construction and Irrigation Management
  • Civil Infrastructure Construction and Reconstruction
  • Commercial and Residential Construction
  • Sand Mining and Transport