Neal Ames

Neal Ames

Sport and Recreation Project Manager, Glenorchy City Council

Neal has 20 years' experience working in the sport, recreation and open space industry. Neal has held a number of different positions with government organisations at all levels, including Federal, State, Territory and Local Government, as well as some short stints with private companies. After completing a 21 year career with the Australian Regular Army Neal went on to become a Recreation Planner with the Queensland Government, followed by being a Special Project Officer with the Directorate of Sport with the Act Government, Sport and Recreation Coordinator with Campbelltown City Council in Sydney, where he undertook recreation, play and open space planning duties whilst also managing the Sport and Recreation team, then down to Parks Victoria where he was the Parks Planner, and finally, is currently the Sport and Recreation Project Manager with Glenorchy City Council in Hobart.

Neal has sat on the PLA National Advisory since 2012, providing policy direction and guidance to the industry through PLA. Neal is also one of the first Australian's to receive the Certified Parks & Leisure Professional (CPLP) industry certification from the University of Indiana.


Contributions to Open Space - Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) Position Paper

Inadequate provision of open space in new (greenfield) developments is creating a situation where communities do not have access to quality and fit for purpose open space, including sufficient sports fields, playgrounds and passive open space. A significant percentage of open space and the management of that land is under the control of local government authorities in Australia, managed through a number of different mechanisms. The management of existing open space and the control of the development processes that include the provision of new open space are directed by local government through individual state governments' acts and legislation. Most local government authorities are experiencing increasing aggregate growth. This growth is a combination of infill or greyfield development, including high density, and new urban development or greenfield. This increase in growth in population is placing demand on existing community facilities such as open space, parks, sporting facilities and active and passive recreation spaces. A position paper on the issue of adequate provision of greenfield open space has been presented to the PLA National Board for endorsement. This presentation will delve deeper into the issue and present the outcomes of the position paper.

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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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