VIC/TAS Parks Week Forum

7 Mar 2024
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Join us as we celebrate Parks Week with a forum exploring the “Design and Development of La Trobe Sports Park” and a facilitated discussion on ‘Parks and Open Space Maintenance’. 

You will hear from:

  • Nick Lambert, Senior Manager – Sport Infrastructure and Operations at La Trobe Sport, who will take us on the La Trobe Sports Park journey from idea to reality 
  • Lucas Skelton – Field of Play Team Leader at SPORTENG, a PLA Vic/Tas region partner who were deeply involved in the design and development of La Trobe Sports Park.
    Read more on their involvement in the design of this world-class sports park here
  • Dean Jamieson – General Manager Operations (Victoria) from Green by Nature, another PLA Vic/Tas region partner who are the contracted open space maintenance provider at La Trobe Sports Park
  • Representatives from Banyule City Council who will talk to the broader community outcomes achieved at La Trobe Sports Park and rising expectations of open space management

Best of all, you will be treated to a behind the scenes tour of La Trobe Sports Park!

Arrival and Welcome

Registrations open from 8:00am with tea and coffee on arrival. 

Part 1- La Trobe Sports Park Journey

8:30am – 10:00am

We will be joined by: 

  • Nick Lambert, Senior Manager Sport Infrastructure and Operations – La Trobe Sport  
    La Trobe Sports Park: From idea to reality
  • Jacinda Hunt, Sports & Leisure Contracts Lead – Banyule City Council
    Project partnerships: Council investment in indoor stadium and broader community benefits 
  • Lucas Skelton, Field of Play Team Leader – SportENG 
    Designing fields of play for all: From community participation to elite performance 
  • Panel Q and A
Part 2 - Parks and Open Space Maintenance

10:00am – 11:30am

Presentations by: 

  • Dean Jamieson, General Manager Operations (Victoria) – Green By Nature 
    Maintaining La Trobe Sports Park: What it takes to win the ‘People’s Choice Award’ 
  • Shannon Bennett – Banyule City Council 
    Community expectations: Will we ever meet them? 
  • Dan Ferguson, Executive Officer – PLA Vic/Tas 
    Facilitated discussion: changing demands, issues and opportunities in the current market, and how the sector can work together for the best possible outcomes 

11:30am – 12:00pm

Finish the morning with a light lunch and opportunity to network with colleagues. 

Site Tour

From 12:00pm

The La Trobe Sport team, along with our partners SPORTENG and Green by Nature, will treat us to a behind the scenes site tour.

La Trobe Sports Park is home to: 

  • Synthetic football (soccer) pitch 
  • AFL Oval 
  • Pavilion with club rooms, change rooms and a multi-purpose function room 
  • Lower playing fields (four football pitches / two cricket ovals) 
  • 6 court indoor stadium 
  • Teaching and research building 
  • State Centres for Football Victoria and Rugby Victoria
  • Home of the Matildas 


La Trobe Sports Park

900 Plenty Road
Bundoora, Victoria 3083 Australia

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March 7 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

$59.00 – $79.00


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