NSW/ACT The Big Squeeze Forum

23 Feb 2024
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The Big Squeeze - Meeting the Critical Need for Local/District Sport Facilities

This workshop aims to identify innovative and proactive strategies and opportunities for the industry to meet this major demand. It follows on from the work done by the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) late last year. The half day facilitated workshop will include speakers from NSROC (as a case study), major sporting codes, and government agencies.

Have a chance to understand from sports directly how a lack of sports grounds / facilities is affecting them, any innovative actions already being taken by sports to address this issue and where they think key stakeholders should be focusing their efforts to solve this problem.

The aim is to support the professional development of all those involved in the planning, delivery and funding to meet the growing demand for local/district sports facilities.


9:15am: Arrival

Facilitating: Abinaya Rajavelu – PLA NSW/ACT

9:30am: Welcome to Workshop Introduction

PLA Representative

9:40am: NSROC Case Study – what is the demand for local and district sport facilities? What innovations or new ideas do we need to consider?

Otium Planning Group – Jason Leslie, Director

10:00am: How can sporting facilities/organisations be more innovative to address needs? 

Cricket NSW – Martin Gleeson, General Manager, Community Cricket Experience

Golf Australia – Carly Goodrich, Head of Government Relations & Corporate Affairs

AFL NSW/ACT – Samuel Thomson, Venue & Government Partnerships Manager NSW

10:30am: Q&A and facilitated feedback session from audience.

10:50am: Morning Tea

11:10am: What is the way forward? 

School Infrastructure NSW – Anthony Futia, Acting Executive Director, Asset Activations

Local Government Representative – David Sheils, Manager Parks, Trees, and Recreation, Community and Environment, Hornsby Shire Council

Committee for Sydney – Jeremy Gill, Head of Policy

12:00pm: Lunch and networking opportunities

Thank you to Cricket NSW for hosting us at Cricket Central!


Cricket Central

161 Silverwater Road
Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales 2127

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February 23 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

$60.00 – $80.00


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