Damien Taylor & Stephen Chapple

Damien Taylor

Manager - Open Space Programs - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria, Australia

Mr Damien Taylor Damien Taylor has worked across State and Local Government for 15 years and holds tertiary qualifications in environmental and park management and public safety. In a professional context Damien has worked in the areas of emergency management, regulatory and public safety as well as various roles relating to forest management and environmental initiatives. Damien is currently leading the delivery of an election commitment on behalf of the DELWP to deliver a program working with local council to deliver $62.5 million of investment into new open space projects.

Stephen Chapple

Regional Director - Port Phillip - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning


Investing in green spaces to create new and revitalised local parks across Melbourne

The past 18 months have shown us how important it is for our mental and physical well-being that we can spend time in our local community enjoying exercise and recreation - good access to open, green spaces has been central to this.  A series of local parks initiatives makes up a significant component of the Victorian Government's four year $154 million Suburban Parks Program which seeks to create 6,500 hectares of new and upgraded parks and trails, creating a ring of suburban parks around Melbourne, enhancing the city's open spaces and general liveability. The local parks initiatives includes targeted investment of $35 million for 29 new pocket parks, $10 million for revitalising existing parks, and $5 million for 16 new off-leash dog parks. This work commenced in mid-2019 and is being delivered in partnership with local councils. The presentation will highlight some of the exciting park projects that have been funded under the program thus far including the innovative and collaborative efforts made to bring these projects from early concept through to construction now underway!

Registration & Booking

Key Dates

Registration flat fee

Until 8 September

Program Launch

Mid June

PLA 2021

12-15 September

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