What We Do

We support local government and other agencies in the sustainable planning and management of parks, open space and public facilities, to create better towns and cities in which to live and play.

We also partner with industry organisations to develop and deliver latest best practice solutions, tools and training. These include NZRA, IPWEA, World Urban Parks, ARPA, BCRPA, PRO and OPA.

Xyst has offices and works throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. 

To see a sample of some of our latest work you can view our recent projects page here.

Latest News

Advancing Natural Asset Management : IPWEA 2018 Annual Parks Seminars from the 29th October- register NOW.

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Advancing Natural Asset Management

More information and Register at  https://www.ipwea.org/eventwebpages/parksseminar2018

The IPWEA 2018 annual parks seminars will focus on the following topics:

  • Valuation of living assets – Obtain clarity on a topic that continues to generate significant debate- often mixed with an element of confusion!
  • Learn what you can do, what you should do and how you can do it
  • Incorporating living assets into your asset register
  • Renewal planning and the role of condition and performance assessment
  • Applying asset management planning techniques to bush/natural areas
  • Preparing levels of service for living assets including bush areas
  • Preparing service specifications for living assets
  • Leveraging resources for natural areas from wider environmental benefits

Venues and dates:

Brisbane 29 Oct

Sydney 30 Oct

Adelaide 31 Oct

Melbourne 1 Nov

Perth 8 Nov


Xyst welcomes Elise Yule to the team

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  • Elise will be working closely with Michele Frey and Pip Mackay to bolster our resources in the environmental/recreation section, together with other community and open space projects.
Elise is an environmental/recreational consultant with a Masters in Applied Science (Parks, Sport and Recreation Management). She has previously enjoyed a graduate programme through Auckland Council before a role with Napier City. Involved in the Generate Network her active passion for sport and recreation is evident with a Lincoln University hockey scholarship along with representative hockey honours.


IPWEA Practice Note 10.4 – Service Delivery – now available

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Xyst has been engaged by IPWEA to prepare a series of Practice Notes (PN) for parks management. The purpose of the PN’s is to provide sector specific practical guidance to implement the principles of the International Infrastructure Management Manual.

Practice Note 10.4 is designed to provide practical, parks specific management advice and guidance. It uses best practice principles combined with industry examples to implement parks management tasks in the areas of:

  • Service delivery planning
  • Service reviews
  • Service delivery specifications
  • Quality management
  • Contract management
  • Maintenance planning
  • Financial requirements for operations and maintenance
  • Documenting the above information in the lifecycle management section of the asset management plan

PN 10.4 is available from the IPWEA website bookstore www.ipwea.org/publications/bookshop


Park Bench


Plan preparation, data management and collection.

Planning Policy


Parks and open space strategy and management plans.



Contract preparation, tender mangement and auditing.

Training Services


Workshops, seminars and online training.

Performance Tools


Parks and recreation user surveying.

Performance Tools


Monitor and report on usage and levels of service being achieved.



Award winning, unique lighting skills and expertise.

Performance Tools


Top to bottom analysis of the business for excellence in service delivery.


Xyst is proud to be associated with the following industry organisations for the delivery of training and benchmarking services.

Global Benchmarking

Our benchmarking tools deliver “need to know” information for your business to inform your decision making and improve your service delivery.

Global Benchmarking

Our Clients

Australian Clients

New Zealand Clients

Company Values

Knowledge – We apply considerable shared, broad-based knowledge to the three key sectors of parks and community facilities services i.e. asset management, strategic planning and operations. This allows us to provide a genuinely holistic approach. The industry norm is for specialist knowledge in one sector only.

Understanding – Our combined knowledge and complementary skills in the public sector mean we have a greater understanding of client requirements and the industry environment. This means more insightful solutions to customer needs.

Practicality Our knowledge and understanding are applied to create well-grounded solutions able to be implemented via useful, practical, steps.

Leadership – Our personnel are industry leaders recognised by their peers. We produce leading edge, award-winning products and outputs.

Service – We deliver a successful conclusion and promise only what we can deliver. Our experience guarantees the ability to deliver a successful conclusion.

Selwyn District Council has utilised the services of Xyst for a number of projects over the last couple of years. This has included assistance with developing sections of the Community Facilities Activity Management Plan. Xyst are genuine experts in this area and have provided high quality input to this plan that has made it both more useful and readable. Xyst have recently provided advisory services on sports field lighting for a major sports park development project in the district. We found their technical expertise in this field to be very useful in making the right decisions on significant capital investment. Xyst have also carried out parks contract audits for us and produced informative reports and analysis of the results.

Mark Rykers, Selwyn District Council

Xyst have assisted Waikato District Council with the formulation of documents, which assist in setting the strategic framework and asset management of the parks and open spaces that the Council administers. These include Reserves Act Management Plans, a Parks Strategy; Activity Management Plan for the LTP and asset focused work such as the Playground Strategy. Xyst have impressed with their industry knowledge and add huge value to these projects, helping to set up Waikato District with a strategic direction for parks which has not been previously clear.

Andrew Corkill, Waikato District Council

The three primary benefits of our association with Xyst and Yardstick has been: 1) meeting and collaborating with the best people in the parks business - Chris and Brian have been an invaluable resource in supporting and implementing asset management strategies in our organization; 2) meeting and sharing in the collective knowledge with other international Yardstick members including Helsinki and Dublin, and 3) providing a standardized framework to evaluate our existing AM system with other like-minded organizations and using the results to establish a clear line-of-sight for on-going improvement.

Todd Reichardt

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