Parks Asset Co-ordinator, Parks and Landscape team, Hornsby Shire Council

Dana SpenceAs an undergraduate student in the Recreation and Leisure Studies program, municipal recreation wasn’t really on the radar for Dana Spence (Rec '86). Little did she know that after graduation she would fine herself travelling to Australia and embarking in a decades-long career in that field.

Dana is the Parks Asset Coordinator for the Parks and Landscape team for Hornsby Shire Council, a municipal government on the north side of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The role involves developing and implementing policies, strategies and programs for sustainable service delivery in developed parks and reserves. “I am responsible for the asset management and capital works for about 185 hectares of parks and gardens, and 120 hectares of sports grounds,” she explains.

Dana is also the President of Parks and Recreation NSW, a professional association providing a range of services to members of the parks and recreation industry. She ensures that NSW region provides members services such as seminars, conferences and other networking opportunities.

Each day brings new challenges, but Dana finds that her ability to bring a recreation viewpoint is a valuable asset in these roles. “It helps me effectively identify community needs and demands, drive strategic direction, and ensure equity in decision making.”

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