Carla Armanet

Carla Armanet

Director, Sport and Recreation, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands

Carla Armanet is an experienced place and venues executive. Driven by optimising engagement and providing positive customer experiences. Carla is widely known for her major event, commercial and operational expertise, and recognised for her place making and leadership in the launch and activation of Sydney Olympic Park and Barangaroo. As Director, Sport and Recreation, with Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Trust, her goal includes encouraging broad participation for the wellbeing of the community. Centennial Parklands is now the largest single site sporting precinct in Australia and thrives on an eclectic mix of sporting and recreational pursuits.


A Process for Sporting Success & Growth

Centennial Parklands is home to Australia's largest community sporting precinct with over 120 sporting facilities across three major parks. Through various sport programs and facilities, we promote a strong belief in the benefits of active living and facilitate the mechanism for physical activity for over a million participants annually.

Our challenge was that our internal systems and processes posed significant roadblocks to schools and community clubs engaging with the Parklands, and limited our capacity to maximise the use of our sports facilities. We made it our mission to completely reshape our interaction with the sports community, by establishing a new bi-annual seasonal booking process.

Through the seasonal booking process, we now successfully coordinate over 52,000 hours of usage annually, for some 450 sporting groups.

Carla will provide an overview of the process that creates the success and the lessons learnt during planning and delivery.

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What our Delegates are Saying

"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

Jacqui, Manager City Reserves, City of Albany (WA)

"I love to listen, learn, share and spend time with likeminded and inspirational colleagues who are transforming the world park by park, facility by facility, program by program. I am looking forward to seeing Kia Dowell and Katie Sarah. I love being inspired and challenged to make a difference and grow as a leader and contributor to our industry".

Carly, Team Leader Recreation Planning, City of Casey (VIC)

"It is important to keep abreast of latest industry trends, best practice case studies and the valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to hearing from Jack Kardys regarding the evolving role of parks - driving health, happiness and economic prosperity".

Matt, Manager Active Communities, City of Holdfast Bay

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