A case study of parks building community

Cross Cutting Theme: A new social compact for protected areas conservation
Host Organisation: Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trusts
Location: Western Sydney Parklands

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Above & Tile: Western Sydney Parklands Trust

Western Sydney Parklands Trust invites you to tour one of Sydney's most important emerging regional parklands with dedicated bushland, recreation, leisure and sport opportunities and urban farming along a 27 km open space corridor from Blacktown in the north to Liverpool in the south.

Today we recognise the role of parks, like Western Sydney Parklands, as a social hub for diverse social and cultural groups of all ages. You will see how residents of Western Sydney come together through recreation, education, celebrations, events, nature discovery and play in one of our newest parks and witness how these interactions help to strengthen the fabric of community, particularly in an urban environment.

Experience this unique parklands in one of Australia's fastest growing regions and learn about the complexity of planning and managing parklands for competing demands of conservation and recreation in an urban environment. The Western Sydney region currently has over 1.8 million residents and by 2036 nearly half of Sydney's population will live in Western Sydney. The knowledgeable managers of this 5,280 hectare parklands will show you how native remnant woodlands have been incorporated within recreation, leisure and sport spaces. They will showcase their innovative playgrounds which promote intergenerational play and encourage interaction with nature, and invite you to their newly opened Mountain Bike Trail set within the bushland landscape.

Enjoy lunch at of the most popular recreational parks and share your experiences during open discussion on better engaging the community in managing and governing parks with park staff, fellow delegates and local community members involved with the Parklands. Your excursion to this dynamic Parklands will touch on the topics of community consultation, partnerships, conserving remnant bushland and providing active and passive recreational experiences for a range of visitors.

This excursion to Western Sydney Parklands is a unique chance to experience an Australian park with its managers, local community and decision makers. We encourage you to use your experiences and knowledge to contribute ideas on how to better share governance and decision-making for parks and their unique values in our modern society.

Inclusions

Transportation: Return travel to Sydney Olympic Park via coach. There will be a communique to delegates closer to the date regarding options to get to/back from Sydney Olympic Park pre/post excursion.
Meals: Morning tea and lunch *Catering will include some vegetarian options. Delegates with other special dietary requirements will need to bring their own packed food/beverage.

What to bring

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Closed-toe walking shoes
  • Sun lotion
  • Weather gear (hat, rain jacket)
  • Water bottle

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