VIC/TAS Local Networks

We’re proud to have established several partnerships and local networks for the benefit of our members. From MoU’s with like-minded organisations to topic specific forums and initiatives, we’re always looking for new ways to provide value back to the sector. If you have an idea or any feedback get in contact via our Contact form.

PARTNERSHIPS + MoUs

Sport and Recreation Victoria

PLA Vic/Tas is a defined ‘state sport and active recreation body’ as recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria which enables us to partner with the State government on various projects and funding programs.  

For more information click here.

National Ageing Research Institute

This MoU has a shared vision to build the partnership between PLA Vic/Tas and NARI in acknowledgement of the research undertaken by NARI and the importance of this knowledge for the development of public recreation facilities, spaces and programs for older adults. 

For more information click here.

LOCAL NETWORKS + FORUMS

Melbourne Park Managers Forum

The Melbourne Park Managers Forum (MPMF) is an informal group of park managers and senior management staff from Melbourne Metropolitan LGAs. The Network aims to meet a minimum twice per year at events hosted by a council parks department to discuss issues and share ideas relating to parks planning, management and operations. Membership excludes non-council staff, such as representatives from industry suppliers and consultants. 

Whilst it does not have a formal set of rules or statement of purposes, the MPMF was established for the following key reasons: 

– To provide park managers with access to a network of like-minded people.
To share resources, information and experiences relating to parks management. 
– To provide opportunities for professional development and learning. 

For more information contact the MPMF planning group: 

Mark Corea

Unit Manager
Parks & City Forest
City of Whittlesea
Mark.Corea@whittlesea.vic.gov.au 

Ashley Tenson

Executive Officer
Parks & Bushland
Yarra Ranges Council
a.tenson@yarraranges.vic.gov.au 

Simon Finlay

Manager
Rec & Open Space 
Macedon Ranges Shire
sfinlay@mrsc.vic.gov.au 

Emily Boucher

Manager
Open Space 
City of Kingston 
emily.boucher@kingston.vic.gov.au 

Open Space Planners Network

The Open Space Planners Network (OSPN) has been operating as an informal group of interested industry professionals and practitioners since 2007.  

The administration and management of the OSPN was for many years coordinated by the City of Melbourne’s Urban Landscapes Department. This arrangement ceased in 2014 and coincided with a decision by a handful of members who had been driving the OSPN to retire, and to allow the next group of open space planners to set the agenda for the sector.  

PLA’s Vic/Tas Region Council has always had an informal alliance with the OSPN during the time it was administered by the City of Melbourne, and so it was at this time also that it was agreed that PLA Vic/Tas would provide formal administrative support to the OSPN planning group. 

The OSPN was established for the following key reasons: 

  • To provide open space planners and other allied professionals with access to a network of like-minded people. 
  • To share resources, information and experiences relating to open space planning and provision. 
  • To advocate on issues impacting open space planning and provision, and other sector issues. 
  • To provide opportunities for professional development forums related to open space planning matters. 

Whilst not initially set up to carry out project work, the OSPN successfully completed the production and distribution of the Open Space Planning and Design Guide in 2013. 

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For more information or to be include on the OSPN database please get in contact via our Contact form.

Not a member yet?

Join us today as a corporate or individual member and become a part of ‘the people behind the places.’ Our members are actively engaged across policy, planning, and the provision of assets, services, facilities, programs, and research in the parks and leisure sector. By becoming a member, you’ll have opportunities to volunteer in various PLA committees, Research Groups, Regional Councils, and the National Board, while enjoying exclusive PLA member benefits.

Find out how you can be a part of our mission and access these benefits today.

Not a member yet?

Join us today as a corporate or individual member and become a part of ‘the people behind the places.’ Our members are actively engaged across policy, planning, and the provision of assets, services, facilities, programs, and research in the parks and leisure sector. By becoming a member, you’ll have opportunities to volunteer in various PLA committees, Research Groups, Regional Councils, and the National Board, while enjoying exclusive PLA member benefits.

Find out how you can be a part of our mission and access these benefits today.

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