Bruce Fordham

Bruce Fordham

Manager Leisure Centres and Sport Hume City Council

Bruce Fordham is the Manager of Leisure Centres and Sport at Hume City Council.

He is responsible for Sports Planning, delivery of services to sporting clubs and the community, advocating to Government for funds to deliver key infrastructure in growth areas and the development of a range of strategic plans related to Sport. He is also responsible for the direct management and operation of three Aquatic and Leisure Centres located in Hume City.

Bruce is a former National President of Parks and Leisure Australia and is a Frank Stewart Award recipient for his contribution to the Parks and Leisure industry.

The role he currently holds also has responsibility for the planning and delivery of significant capital works projects which includes the recent development of a new regional aquatic and fitness centre in Craigieburn (SPLASH), a regional tennis centre, hockey centre and regional athletics centre.

Bruce has worked in a number of senior management positions in Local Government and has been employed in the Local Government sector for over 30 years.


Active and passive recreation opportunities in a Greenfield development site - how, why and where

This presentation will showcase the collaborative work done between Hume City Council and Stockland (land developer) over a number of years to create an Australian renowned Master Planned Community at Highlands in Craigieburn (Victoria).

This includes a range of sporting hubs and community amenities and a large tract of various public open spaces for all of the community to enjoy.

The presentation will share the experience of how this community has developed over 10 years with a population of over 45,000 people.

Development of these facilities has been possible through a funding stream that has included Federal, State, Council and Private investment.

The role of key stakeholders has been critical to a most successful outcome, come along and hear the story of the growth of this community.

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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

"I can't wait to meet new people and catch up with old friends at PLA2019. I haven't been to Perth for many years and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful parks"

Neil, Parks Planner, Parks Victoria

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