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.