Public Practice Forum - DEECA Guide for Open Space Strategy

Public Practice Forum - DEECA Guide for Open Space Strategy



AILA VIC invites you to join our first Practice Forum for 2024 for landscape architects working within public practice. The session will be chaired by AILA VIC President, Naomi Barun, and include a presentation by DEECA, followed by a short conversation about the implications of GOSS on public practitioners. 

Fran Horsley (Program Manager, Open Space for Everyone) and Kristen Jackson (Senior Project Officer, Open Space for Everyone) from the Deportment of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) will provide an overview of Open Space for Everyone 2021 and the new Guide for Open Space Strategies (GOSS) project and the opportunities for you to be involved. 

This Public Practice forum is a partnership between AILA VIC and DEECA.

Please share the event link with industry friends and colleagues. Attendees will have the chance to ask presenters questions during the session.

We look forward to you joining us on the day.


Invitation to input into preparation of Guide for Open Space Strategies and attend a Public Practice Webinar

Victoria, like many places around the world, is grappling with the challenges of sustaining healthy liveable cities and landscapes amidst population growth, increasing impacts of climate change, the burden of ill health, and economic pressures. The provision of high quality, diverse green and blue open spaces, accessible to all, is part of nature-based solutions to these challenges.  In this context, local open space strategies are critical planning tools in framing current and future development and management of open space networks as part of a more liveable Victoria.  

The current guide for Victorian councils in the preparation of open space strategies, Planning Practice Note 70 (PPN70), was published in 2015. The need to revise and update PPN70 was identified as a key initiative of Melbourne’s Open Space for Everyone 2021 (OSE) strategy as part of a broader need for policy to practice systems reform related to open space. While it is acknowledged that OSE is metropolitan Melbourne focused, the need for broad systems review and reform has relevance and benefits at a state-wide scale. For more information regarding Open Space for Everyone visit: Open space for everyone strategy (environment.vic.gov.au)

In response, the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) is working with local councils and others to develop the new Guide for Open Space Strategies (GOSS) and invites input and involvement from professionals across Victoria who have an interest in and passion for open space planning.  Your input is important to help create a contemporary, practical best practice resource for the 79 local councils and other public land managers across Victoria. For more information about this exciting project visit: Guide for Open Space Strategies (environment.vic.gov.au)

To get involved, please complete the following survey: 

If you would like to provide input separate to the above survey or just register your interest in reviewing the draft GOSS when developed, please email the OSE team at [email protected] 


Date: Friday 1 March 2024
Time: 12pm-1.30pm AEST (Melbourne time). 
Format: Online:  Join Zoom Meeting: https://aila-org-au.zoom.us/j/88170999197
CPD: 1 informal CPD points 
Cost: Free for AILA members and non members. 
Questions: Direct to [email protected]


Friday, 01 March 2024
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

1 CPD Points

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