Katie McDonald, John Tower & Ken Marriott

John Tower

Honorary Research Fellow / Managing Director, JRT Leisure

John Tower has been working in the leisure industry for nearly 40 years with a particular interest in community leisure participation and the delivery of community sport and recreation services. His research has usually focused on leisure management and has been designed to assist community leisure managers to improve how they manage leisure, recreation and sport services.


Revisiting Community Leisure Planning

Good planning is the key to developing leisure facilities, programs and services that meet community needs. Little has been published about leisure planning over recent years and it's scope and quality has fallen away.

This session provides opportunities to discuss leisure planning and to explore strategies for improving it. A four-stage leisure planning model covering Pre-planning, Planning research, Writing the plan and Monitoring and evaluation, will be presented. The model is based on a process of continuous and cyclical adaptation to new policy directions; rigorous data collection and evaluation; assessing community and stakeholder needs and aspirations; supply analyses, and understanding demographic and leisure trends. The findings are used to guide decisions and ensure that community leisure needs are effectively met.

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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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