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.