Carol Buckingham & Leesa Riley

Carol Buckingham

Policy Officer, Parks Victoria

Carol Buckingham has extensive experience in Park Management primarily in the urban and peri-urban context with roles in recreation management, events, interpretation, capital works, master-planning and is currently a Policy Officer at Parks Victoria.



Leesa Riley

Statewide Volunteer Coordinator, Parks Victoria

Leesa has fifteen years' experience in professional volunteer management. Leesa is currently the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator at Parks Victoria responsible for developing the Volunteering in Parks Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 and the innovative online volunteer management system, ParkConnect. Previously Leesa pioneered a Project Manager role between Conservation Volunteers Australia and Parks Victoria building understanding between diverse sectors and developing exemplary volunteer partner models. Leesa spent 11 years at Conservation Volunteers Australia developing volunteer engagement programs both in Australia and Internationally achieving natural and cultural conservation goals.

Presentation:

TrailRiders Providing all Abilities access to Parks

Mobility issues associated with disability are complex and affect a growing number of people in the community. A growing body of evidence shows that contact with nature has far reaching community health and well being benefits. Prior to the introduction of the TrailRider program and the development of the TrailRider Grading System, many people with a physical disability were unable to adequately access parks. The TrailRider program and the TrailRider Grading System enable many more people with a physical disability to have a safe and fulfilling experience in our parks at previously inaccessible locations. The talk will introduce Parks Victoria's TrailRider program, the well-being benefits to participants and explore the development of the TrailRider grading system.


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