Janine Ahola & Paul Handcock,

Janine Ahola

Landscape Architect Coordinator, City of Melville

With a career spanning the breadth of public open space design, Janine is currently employed as Landscape Architecture Coordinator at the City of Melville.

Her work interests include implementing the changing value/ expectations of green space to place equal weight in design/ budgeting process with their 'hard asset' cousins - roads, drains and footpaths.

Starting with designing parks and gardens, Janine has moved into strategic and urban planning, and holistic public open space asset management and renewal.

Paul Handcock

Asset Management Coordinator, City of Melville

With a career including IT, Data, Project Management, Paul is now Asset Management Coordinator at the City of Melville.

His work interests include Asset Management systems, Infrastructure strategies and data migrations.

Over the years he has collected, manipulated, reported and connected data. Now he is managing the integration of asset data with respect to Capital Work programmes, Community and Long term Financial Plans and their required daily use.


The Jungle of Soft and Green Assets - Implementing the IPWEA Practice Notes

The City of Melville has spent the last two years wrestling with the application of the IPWEA Park Practice Notes to its green and soft assets. This is our journey.

In the beginning, 2017 the City had little understanding of our green assets, a dwindling budget to renew and maintain green assets and a shelf warming asset management plan.

Then the rains come with increasing awareness in asset management in general with positive evidence from roads programs. Expectations for green assets increased through an Urban Forest focus and with it an acceptance that something had to be done.

The journey over the green plains has included 'green' asset mapping, alignment on service provision and status, a method to inform asset rationalisation with a price resulting in park "Fit for Use" becoming an actually line item with a budget in the Long term Financial Plan!!

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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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