Sport and RecreationFacing the Future: 2018 Community, Sport and Recreation Conference

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Could improved planning skills, governance practises or the latest trends and technology help to prepare your sporting club or community organisation for the future?

Join experienced community and sporting leaders, including former Brisbane Broncos NRL player Michael De Vere, for the 2018 Community, Sport and Recreation Conference from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday, 17 March 2018.

Registration for the conference is free and includes workshops and presentations by experienced community and sporting leaders, as well as industry professionals.

It will showcase best-practice advice highlighting everything from trends shaping our community, to sustainable management, techniques to improve your viability and tips on how to make the most of technology.

It will also highlight opportunities available through Council, and the region’s official destination marketing and tourism organisation, Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism.

Places are free but limited, book today


(subject to change)

Time What's on
9.00am - 9.20am Opening and welcome
9.20am - 10.00am

Keynote speaker

Michael De Vere - Former Bronco & State of Origin Great
Career highlights, experience from the grass roots level through to professional athlete and tips on effective club development for the future.
10.00am - 10.30am Shane Newcombe, CEO - Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT)
Who is MBRIT and how can we add value to your organisation?
10.30am - 10.45am Morning Tea (provided)
10.45am - 11.30am Brent Armstrong and Nicole Zimmerle, Directors - Alliance Planning
Facility Planning and Development - discover the common challenges and learn how to future proof your projects.
11.30am - 12.15pm Steve Connelly, Director Sport and Community Development - CPR Group
Smart Use of Technology - technology can help sport, recreation and community organisations improve communications, enhance member engagement and streamline administration processes.
12.15pm - 1.00pm Council Officers - Moreton Bay Regional Council
We can help - learn how Council can support your organisation.
1.00pm - 1.30pm Lunch (provided)
1.30pm - 3.45pm

Breakout Room 1

Amanda VanderWal, Community Partnership Manager - Sports Community
Committee Conflict Management - learn how to overcome conflict and strengthen your committee.
Michelle Lindley, Sector Development Manager - Volunteering Qld
Volunteer Management - equipping organisations with knowledge enabling them to meet the needs of volunteers into the future.
Howard Buckley, Community Praxis Co-op
Strengthening Communities - empowering and up-skilling individuals to contribute to peaceful, just and sustainable communities.

Breakout Room 2

Lyndal Hansen, Director - Amarna
Sports Mapping - understanding the capacity of your club and facility
Chris Bond, Sports Partnership Manager - Australian Sports Foundation
Going for Gold - raising funds for sporting initiatives close to your heart.
Amanda VanderWal, Community Partnership Manager - Sports Community
Sports Clubs in a Changing World - exploring and responding to changes in the market.
3.50pm - 4.00pm Prize draw and close

Who you’ll hear from

Michael De Vere

Michael is a former Brisbane Broncos and State of Origin player who has held roles in community and football development and coaching. He brings significant experience from professional sporting background, as well as insight into club management, coaching, mentoring and development.

Michael is the Queensland Sport and Recreation Ambassador and has assisted to coordinate the ‘Deadly Sports’ sporting events for the past 10 years.

He currently coordinates a range of community based mentoring programs and Rugby League development programs throughout Queensland.

Chris Bond (OAM)

Sports Partnership Manager, Australian Sports Foundation

The Australian Sports Foundation’s (ASF) mission is to help Australians fundraise to achieve their sporting dreams.

Since founded in 1986, ASF have raised more than $350 million for sporting activities, and have helped more than 1200 individual athletes, organisations and sporting clubs.

Australian Sports Foundation is passionate about sport and the benefit it brings to individuals and communities and can partner with you to raise funds for sporting initiatives close to your heart.

The Australian Sports Foundation is here to make your fundraising project a success.

Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly

Director Sport and Community Development - CPR Group

CPR Group engages with people close to our community, sport and recreation planning projects to develop constructive relationships that lead to supported, realistic and achievable plans.

Steve directs the sport and community development team, which specialises in club and association training programs and assisting not-for-profit, sport and recreation organisations and Councils to implement effective planning.

Lyndal Hansen

Lyndal Hansen

Director, Amarna

A dynamic public speaker, Lyndal’s innovative and strategic approach creates motivation and enthusiasm. Lyndal’s passion is to influence, teach and support change for the better. Lyndal has had over 11 years in the public service ranging from a Sport and Recreation Officer with the Australian Sports Commission to a Regional Manager of two government agencies. Lyndal has experience when it comes to a proven ability to be strategically focused and future orientated.

Amanda VanderWal

Amanda VanderWal

Community Partnership Manager, Sports Community

Empowering volunteers to do amazing things.

Sports Community provide training and knowledge, both in person and online, to clubs and their volunteers. Their vision is to help build thriving local communities. They enthusiastically work with volunteers Australia-wide to help them achieve their objectives.

Involved with sport from an early age, Amanda has a passion for helping people and a knack for organising, making her the perfect fit for her role as Community Partnership. Coming from an elite netball background, Amanda spent more than three years at the Australian Institute of Sport, then as a member of the Australian under-21 squad, before becoming a High-Performance Coach for a number of teams. She was also named Netball Queensland’s Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2015. With training in Human Resources Management, Amanda is a natural people person who will be delighted to help you and your club.

Michelle Lindley
Michelle Lindley

Sector Development Manager, Volunteering Qld

Michelle Lindley is the Sector Development Manager for Volunteering Queensland, overseeing the delivery of Accredited and Professional Development training aimed at enhancing the capacity of volunteer involving organisations across Queensland. Michelle’s career started in the Community Recreation and Sports industry and over 20 years has included management, industry engagement, consultation and training. This wealth of knowledge and experience gives her a great understanding of what life is like for grassroots sport and recreation clubs.

Brent Armstrong and Nicole Zimmerle

Brent Armstrong
Nicole Zimmerle

Directors, Alliance Planning

Alliance Planning are specialists in the sport, leisure and community sectors, with significant experience in strategic planning, infrastructure development and not-for-profit organisational development. With over 25 combined years in local government and representation on various community-level boards and committees, Brent and Nicole have been at the coalface in delivering well-planned and executed infrastructure projects and improving the operational and financial sustainability of community organisations.


Saturday, 17 March 2018


9.00am - 4.00pm (registrations from 8:30am)


Level 2, North Lakes Community Centre - The Corso 10 The Corso (cnr Endeavour Blvd) North Lakes


Free - Complimentary for residents of the Moreton Bay Region and guests affiliated with a sporting or community organisation within the Moreton Bay Region. If you do not meet this criteria and wish to attend, please contact Sport & Recreation on (07) 3883 5553

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Sport and Recreation Unit
Ph: (07) 3883 5553

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