Michael King

Michael King

Director, Otium Planning

Michael King is a Lifetime member of PLA and clocks up 39 years working in the Parks and Leisure Industry in 2019. During this time he has completed 12 years in Local Government and 27 years working as a planner across a range of companies. Michael has recently gone through a major health issue and this has reinforced the need for much closer planning of sport, recreation and leisure facilities with allied health and wellness facilities which has been a major priority of his project work in recent years.


Making Aquatic, Sport and Recreation Facilities More Healthy

We are in a major change decade where we are being challenged to move from single purpose and specific activity facilities to multi-use and community benefit facilities that link health and activity (previously seperate sectors). This is at the same time as Australia continues to worsen the major health epidemic of non active and overweight populations developing long term health problems across the country. Developing one stop activity and health hubs that cater for a large range of activity & allied health/wellness facilities at the one site/under the one roof is one answer to helping communities become more active and healthy. Michael will present a range of contemporary facilities built or being planned to help eventually push this facility to be the future norm for healthy and active communities. Such facilities are also challenging both State and Federal Governments and health professionals from building facilities only catering for the sick to getting in much earlier and offering new facilities that encourage active and healthy lifestyle as well as risk factors education and mitigation centres.

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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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