Three years ago, after noticing that Park Managers were not networking within the Victoria state, our director Jayson Kelly set about shoulder-tapping and kicked off the first Parks Managers Forum [PMF] – open to Parks Managers and others from their leadership teams. The idea took off!
The PMF is now held twice a year, with a 2-day event around late November and a 1-day event in March, with a different council playing host. The first PMF was hosted by Yarra Ranges, followed by Melbourne, Wyndham, Hume, Greater Dandenong and, last week, it was the turn of the City of Greater Geelong.
The program for the Forum involves a mix of presentations by the host organisation (usually members of the parks management team, coordinators and team leaders) and is a great chance for professional development and an opportunity to gain further insight into various operational and management topics as well as site tours to see the good, the bad and the ugly! The intention is to have plenty of time to network and talk shop.
Jayson continues to keep this Forum alive, assisting host organisations in working up a program and advertising it on the dedicated VIC Parks Managers Forum site on LinkedIn. He is also the only non-Parks Manager to attend these Forums (ie no contractors or consultants are involved) given his background, wide industry networks and knowledge. And he does this all for free, to help support the industry. So if you are interested to learn more, check out the LinkedIn site or contact Jayson for more information.
The next event is on 27 March 2020 at Moreland, with the City of Greater Bendigo locked in for later next year.
Pictured: November’s PMF looked at Geelong’s new “Green Spine” initiative in the city’s main street