2019 National Aquatic and Recreation Infrastructure Conference Schedule

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The industry has combined to develop a three year strategy as part of this Conference, with this year starting the conversations of what should aquatic, recreation, leisure, wellness facilities really look like in 10 years’ time, providing a complete overview from all levels of government, commercial, health and wellness and the education sectors. From this year the ideas and conversations will produce a White Paper on what the future opportunities and needs are for the sector. This will inform work for the next 12 months and influence the program for 2020. With the next period (2020/21) looking to consolidate strategy, policy with funding agencies and private sector investment.

This year NARIC focuses on:

  • The role of aquatic, recreation and wellness facilities in local communities
  • Management models
  • Future centres and what they will need to look like
  • Facility design and integration into urban design

Day 1: Wednesday 24 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Global Thought Leaders Sessions  

Each conference will join together in the morning to enjoy the inspirational speakers from around the globe that have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications nationally, state and territory wide, and locally.

View Global Thought Leader Sessions here 

10:15AM - 11:15AM

Expo Area

MORNING TEA 

11:15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Plenary Sessions  

All of the conference delegates, irrespective of the conference chosen will have the opportunity to share knowledge with keynote speakers at the Plenary Sessions that have been developed by the industry to address the key strategic opportunities and challenges we all collectively face. The options are based around the key opportunities and challenges facing the industry, with Participation, Facilities, Sports Management, Systems Approach, Diversity and Inclusion/Disability Sport.

View Plenary Sessions here 

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Expo Area

LUNCH 

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 1

Aquatic, Recreation and Wellness Facilities and Local Communities 

The evolution of aquatic and recreation facilities over the past couple of decades from traditional “sporting centres” to community hubs that provide health and social outcomes for economic benefits to the community are becoming more prevalent. For the industry to collectively make a generational difference to health and wellbeing of the community, it needs to ensure future planning and strategies embrace the health agenda, reflect the changing dynamics of society, and are designed to be smart and sustainable. This year’s NARIC is the start of a three-year strategy by industry collaborators to encourage alignment of conversations that will change the way we plan, design, invest, build, manage and program facilities ready for future generations.

  • What is the contemporary role of local government? The provision of community facilities for the future around health, community wellbeing / development, active recreation and sport – Steven Head, General Manager, Hornsby Shire Council, and David Sheils, Manager Parks and Recreation – Hornsby Shire Council
  • Planning for future generations – A whole of government approach exploring how all can work together to develop recreation and leisure facilities to achieve a holistic lifestyle improvement for the community – Dave Stewart, Manager Sport and Recreation – Auckland Council

Panel to Explore: Top three priorities identified by the audience on what should the focus be and what peak bodies should prioritise over the next 12 months to support the industry as it evolves its focus.

Additional Panellists: Simon Haire, Director – Xypher Consulting; Alexandra Ash, General Manager – Kingswim

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Expo Area

AFTERNOON TEA 

4:00PM - 5:15PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 2 

What is the Ideal Management Model to Facilitate the Best Outcomes for the Community?

Chair: Bruce Mackay – Otium Planning 

Exploring options and changes in the past five years which has seen greater innovation and investment from the commercial and NFP sectors, while the industry has seen the establishment of independent leisure organisations owned by council. What will happen over the next five years?

  • Overview of models and options in the Australian market – Warren Green, Director – Warren Green Consulting and Jim Corbett, Managing Director – Sport and Leisure Solutions
  • Provider panel, including Council and commercial exploring the innovations they can bring to local government and the community.

Additional Panellists: Shane DunneChief Executive Officer – Aligned Leisure; Damian Gorman, General Manager, Business Development, Belgravia Leisure; Todd McHardyChief Executive Officer – BlueFit; Susannah Le BronChief Executive Officer – YMCA NSW; Alison Dixon, Chief Executive Officer – Western Leisure Services

5:15PM - 6:30PM

Sport and Recreation Expo

INDUSTRY NETWORKING 

Day 2: Thursday 25 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Global Thought Leaders Sessions  

Each conference will join together in the morning to enjoy the inspirational speakers from around the globe that have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications nationally, state and territory wide, and locally.

View Global Thought Leader Sessions here 

10:15AM - 11:15AM

Expo Area

MORNING TEA 

11:15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Plenary Sessions  

All of the conference delegates, irrespective of the conference chosen will have the opportunity to share knowledge with keynote speakers at the Plenary Sessions that have been developed by the industry to address the key strategic opportunities and challenges we all collectively face. The options are based around the key opportunities and challenges facing the industry, with Participation, Facilities, Sports Management, Systems Approach, Diversity and Inclusion/Disability Sport.

View Plenary Sessions here 

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Expo Area

LUNCH 

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 1A 

Reimagining the Future Generation of Community Aquatic, Recreation and Wellness Facilities 

Evolving the way we interact and activate metropolitan, regional and country communities will impact the future of facilities design, costs and management. With significant shifts towards community health, how will centres look in 2030 and what new technologies and building approaches need to be considered?

  • Blue sky vision from Australia on what will the next generation of facilities look like for local communities – Brett Diprose, Senior Associate – Warren and Mahoney
  • Understanding differences between metropolitan, regional, neighbourhood and country needs – Exploring what different components, design and infrastructure are needed to ensure market penetration to get more people active in local communities – Mike King, Director – Otium Planning Group
  • Future partners in the planning, development and management of facilities – Should this include education sites, commercial developers, and others? – Nick Cox, Chief Executive Officer – Belgravia Leisure

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience.

Additional Panellists: Philip Saikaly, Director of Community Infrastructure & Place – Sport and Recreation Victoria; Jane Lewis, Acting Group Director – Finance, Corporate & Community Services – Shoalhaven City Council

Workshop 1B

Smart Technology and Artificial Intelligence Improving the Experience for Consumers, Managers and Asset Owners

Our daily lives seem to revolve around technology, major stadiums have embraced this technology, what should our future community sport and leisure facilities include?

  • Customer and communication technology – Understanding what the manager wants and what is the type of technology that is available to satisfy those needs to effectively maximise participation and retention – Michelle Nolland, Executive Leader Service Delivery – YMCA NSW
  • An NSO developed App to enhance the participant experience – The ability to track swimming time and engage with other like-minded people. The launch of this new app has the capability of integrating to Apple and Fitbit smart watches, and users can sync directly to their dashboards to track their fitness goals. Can other sports learn from this? – Shelley Tilbrook, Head of Marketing and Engagement Partnerships – Swimming Australia
  • How to design safety into buildings – The balance between functionality and architectural design needs to ensure that the operational requirement and safety is also addressed. How can they work together? – Matt Griffiths, General Manager – Aquatics – Royal Life Saving Society NSW Branch 

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience.

Additional Panellist: Dan Kwaczynski, President – ALFAQ

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Expo Area

AFTERNOON TEA 

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Workshop 2A 

Planning and Future Community Facilities to Ensure Community Wellbeing is Achieved 

Many Councils are targeting a range of community cohorts to be healthy and more active. How can this trend be integrated into community sport and leisure facility planning and what functional design aspects are important? 

  • Integration with local government health and wellbeing strategies – Aligning needs with the opportunities facilities bring to more than just sport and recreation. Learnings of how the YMCA collaborated with Broken Hill Council to bring a holistic leisure facility to the community – Susannah Le Bron, Chief Executive Officer – YMCA NSW
  • What would a community wellbeing centre look like if we are serious about improving the health of our communities? – Simon Duck, Group Manager Aquatic Services – Inner West Council
  • Schools as community hubs An overview of opportunities, benefits, key ingredients and challenges from recent projects  Simon Haire, Director – Xypher Consulting

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience.

Additional Panellists: Beau NewellNational Program Manager – Pride in Sport Australia; Kim Critchley, Aquatic and Leisure Services Contract Manager – Moreland City Council

Workshop 2B 

Reimagining Facility Design to Optimise the Facility Economic Sustainability 

The cost of redevelopment and new builds are becoming excessive, how can the industry be smarter and what can be learnt from recent developments? 

  • Major redevelopments – By 2022, Boroondara will have invested $110 million on its centres in just 10 years. What can go wrong? – David Cashmere, Senior Recreation Contract Manager and Sam Taylor, Senior Coordinator Recreation and Wellbeing – Boroondara City Council
  • Cost management designs that can save millions over the life of the building – The importance of understanding the design on the management of a facility at the earliest stages – Steve McDonald, Project Director – Johnstaff
  • Design for Regional facilities need to be affordable – Greater Bendigo City Council has developed a culture and process for pragmatically assessing their future needs and then aligning the design of new leisure facilities with their budget, which is substantially lower than metro-counterparts. Exploring if there are secrets or just a pragmatic and logical process – Lincoln Fitzgerald, Manager, Active & Healthy Lifestyles – City of Greater Bendigo

Panel to Explore: Top three issues identified by the audience.

5:00PM

National Sports Convention 2019 Closes