Fiona Morrison

Fiona Morrison

Commissioner, Open Space and Parklands, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Fiona Morrison is the Commissioner for Open Spaces and Parklands at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. As Commissioner she is leading the State Government's Open Space and Greening Sydney Programs, valued in excess of $250million. This includes developing the Everyone Can Play and the 5 Million Trees of Greater Sydney programs. Fiona has over 20 years of experience in landscape and open space, including within the development industry, State Government and local government including across NSW. During her time with local government she delivered many award-winning projects and programs including inclusive playspaces and strategic planning for open space.


Everyone Can Play; Collaboration from Commencement to Implementation

In 2017 NSW committed to making playspaces better places for everyone. Over a 15 month period, the NSW Government worked closely with stakeholders, government and community to establish a program that would meet community needs and make long lasting change.

People came together from across government, industry and the design sector to develop policy and a funding program that would promote innovation, design excellence and best practice for inclusive play in NSW.

Over more than 6,000 hours, opinions were shared, perspectives were exposed, and minds were opened to a new way of policy creation. Collaboration was the foundation of this policy. Collaboration and innovation are central to its ongoing implementation.

Understanding the lessons learnt from the Everyone Can Play program are necessary to ensure future policy created for open space and green infrastructure can be pragmatic, innovative, creative and inspirational.

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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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