Conference Program

Program is subject to change.

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Day 1, Tuesday 17 May


Pre-Conference Event: Industry Forum 

"Best Practice Contract Maintenance: Showcasing the Benefits of Collaboration"

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

(Participation in this forum is NOT included in Conference Registration - Register separately here)

Registrations Open

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre


Welcome Reception

Auckland House, East Shores Parkland

Day 2, Wednesday 18 May


Trade Exhibition and Registrations Open

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

Official Conference Opening, Welcome


Plenary 1 - Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP 

Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement


Plenary 2 - Prof Claudia Baldwin (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Will We Be Ready to Host the 2032 Paralympic Games?


Q & A


Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition

  • Refocus

    Collaboration and Co-design on Country at 1770

    Mandy Rounsefell, Rounsefell Design and Daniel Reeves, General Manager - Port Curtis Coral Coast (PCCC) Trust

  • Reinvent

    The field results are in, and the benefits are mounting: Turf Wicking Beds – turning irrigation on its head (literally!) to deliver high quality turf surfaces using alternative water sources.

    Sally Boer, E2Designlab 

  • Revaluate

    Decades of Data Delivers - How Otium Analytics emerged from Experience plus Excel

    Jason Leslie & Josh Geraghty, Otium Planning Group

  • Refocus

    Interactive Water Features – Healthy and Safe Water Experiences

    Louise Brown, Qld Health – Central Queensland

  • Reinvent

    An Innovative Solution to Engage Youth in Open Space Active Recreation

    Dean Joel, A Space Australia

  • Revaluate 

    How Active or Inactive Are Queenslanders? Using New Technology to Re-evaluate and Rethink Collaboration for Good Across the Industry

    James Ellender, Active Xchange


  • Refocus

    Giving Active Recreation a Sporting Chance

    Dan Fergusson, theCommunityCollaborative + Swinburne University of Technology

  • Reinvent

    Programs that Deliver Continual Improvement While Utilising New Technologies to Assist in Strategic Allocation of Resources to Ensure Value for the Community

    Dean Mosch, Syngenta

  • Revaluate 

    Coolum Common – ‘Revaluating’ How We Support Motherhood in the Community via a Network of Pop-up Children’s Gardens, to Help Create Meaningful Connections in a Covid safe way

    Claire Baker, Urbankind


Lunch  & Trade Exhibition Trivia

  • Refocus

    Walk to East Shores Parkland Conference Masterclass Option A Exploring the WaterWorks!

    Waterplay Operations
    Amy Ahchay, Gladstone Ports Corporation with Louise Brown, Qld Health – Central Qld

    Wicking Bed Irrigation System
    Graham Gambie, Gladstone Ports Corporation and Sally Boer, E2Designlab

  • Reinvent

    Onsite at GECC Conference Workshop Option B Driving Efficiencies in Landscape Maintenance

    Continuous Improvement of our Open Spaces by the Strategic Allocation of Resources for Weed Management, to Ensure Value for the Community While Reducing Glyphosate Usage by up to 95%
    Dean Mosch, Syngenta

    Exploring the Seasonality of Employment in Greenspace Maintenance
    Sean Winterflood, Skyline Landscape Services

  • Revaluate

    Bus to Lake Awoonga Conference Masterclass Option C Deploying Drones for Land Management

    Drones for Natural Area Planning
    Jamie Petrie, Gladstone Area Water Board and Jamie Holyoak, Saunders Havill Group

    Drones for Natural Area & Agricultural Operations
    Jamin Fleming, OZTECH Drones

    Use of Technology to Monitor and Manage the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
    Dr Andy Dunstan, Department of Environment and Science 

  • Refocus

    Masterclass Option A continues

  • Reinvent

    Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition

  • Revaluate 

    Masterclass Option C continues

  • Refocus

    Masterclass Option A continues

  • Reinvent

    Trade Exhibition & Free Time

  • Revaluate 

    Masterclass Option C continues

6.30pm-7.30pm Informal Dinner for Generate Members

Day 3, Thursday 19 May


Trade Exhibition and Registrations Open

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre


Day 3 Outline, Housekeeping


Plenary 3 - Craig Haymes, CEO, Gladstone Ports Corporation

The Role of Green Space in GPC’s Strategic Vision


Plenary 4 - John Siemon, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney

Taking Another Look at Managing Australia's Most Visited Botanic Gardens

9.45am-10.00am Q & A 
Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition
  • Refocus

    The Changing Approach to Sports Complex Design

    Greg Thomas, Greenedge Design Consultants and Jason Leslie, Otium Planning Group

  • Reinvent

    Flying Fox Management in GPC's Parklands

    Dr Megan Ellis and Graham Gambie, Gladstone Ports Corporation

  • Revaluate

    Mon Repos Turtle Centre – Tourism Planning, Design, and Management in Sensitive Coastal Environments

    Mandy Rounsefell, Rounsefell Design and Peter Wright, QPWS&P

  • Refocus

    A Greener Play Future

    Justin Edwards, Kompan

  • Reinvent

    Reinventing How Spaces are Shared

    Jeremy Hurst, SpaceCo

  • Revaluate

    2023 FIFA Women's World Cup - Pitch Planning

    Keith McAuliffe, Labosport Aust Pty Ltd

  • Refocus

    Visit Coolum - A Strategic Place Based post COVID Tourism and Community Recovery Plan to 'refocus' how local governments promote their open spaces

    Claire Baker, Urbankind

  • Reinvent

    New innovative digital technologies that assist in meeting compliance requirements of sportsfield and open space management

    Dean Mosch, Syngenta

  • Revaluate

    Play Towers: The Emerging Trend and What Constitutes Good Design

    Dean Joel, A Space Australia

  • Refocus

    From Farming and Logging to Conservation & Recreation: Implementing A New Vision for Curtis Island

    Rider Graham-Emmerson, QPWS - Dept Environment & Science

  • Reinvent

    Technology that is redefining the industry across Australasia

    Sean Winterflood, Skyline Landscape Services

  • Revaluate

    Biological Nutrient Extraction for the Restoration of Stressed Lakes and Waterways

    Bill Dhaliwal, Greendrop Solutions

12.30pm -1.00pm

Lunch & Trade Exhibition


Technical Tours

  • Refocus

    Research, Strategy, & Resourcing Showcase

    Spinnaker Park | Marina Parklands | Lions Park | Memorial Park

    This technical site tour of key sites in Gladstone will showcase local initiatives through research, strategy, and resourcing in response to challenges. The theme throughout these sites in innovation - finding opportunities when confronted with challenges. Delegates will be transported between sites by bus; delegates can move around each site as desired.

  • Reinvent

    Advocacy & Engagement Showcase

    Phillip Street Communities & Families Precinct | Tondoon Botanic Gardens | Tannum Sands

    This technical site tour of key sites across the Gladstone Region will showcase local initiatives, through advocacy, and engagement. The theme throughout these sites in patience - finding opportunities thorough partnerships and relationships developed over time. Delegates will be transported between sites by bus; some walking is required.

  • Re-evaluate

    Challenges & Opportunities Showcase

    East Shores Parkland

    This technical site tour provided by Gladstone Ports Corporation, will examine solutions to new and emerging issues and uses for daily operations of a high use parkland, from design to practical completion of 1A and 1B. Delegates will walk from our conference venue to East Shores Parkland. Comfortable shoes and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

4.30pm-6.30pm Free Time


Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

Who's Speaking?

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers. 

Keynote Speakers

Key Dates

Draft Conference Program Released 3 March 2022
Sponsorship Prospectus Released 3 March 2022
Keynote Speakers Announced
24 March 2022
Early Bird Registrations Close
Tuesday 19 April 2022
Full Conference Program Released Tuesday 26 April 2022
Conference Registrations Close
Monday 9 May 2022
Pre-conference Forum Registrations Close Monday 16 May 2022
QLD Region 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced Thursday 19 May 2022


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