George Municipality is proud to host the annual IERM Convention this year with the theme of Public Spaces and Places – Current Trends, Future Opportunities, and Global News.
The Institute of Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) was established in 1936 to allow networking opportunities for municipal managers who are responsible for the management of public parks, open space and recreation facilities.
The IERM is a non-profit association with 1000 members including 100 municipalities with the mission being to be the leading public sector organisation that promotes sustainable and integrated environmental and recreation management practices. This year’s convention is being hosted at the Oubaai Hotel and Spa with an expected 70 out of town delegates attending.
A number of prominent speakers will present during the various sessions over two days including an overview of the impact the Polyphagus Shot Hole Borer has had on Johannesburg by Adelaide Chokoe of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. George Municipality will be ably represented by Priscilla Burgoyne, Superintendent: Parks and Recreation, Directorate Community Services who will present on the Ten year plan for Parks and Playparks as drawn up by the George Municipality.
Executive Mayor Melvin Naik will host a welcoming function on the evening of the 4 September and said that he is thrilled to welcome a convention of this stature to George. “George is well placed to receive this number of delegates from all over South Africa and we appreciate the opportunity to show off our beautiful city and surrounds,” he said.
Officials from the Parks and Recreation Division have been involved in assisting with the logistics for the convention and aside from organising the venue for tree planting and clean up, they have arranged for a full day of site visits for the delegates in and around the George area including the Botanical Gardens, gardens at Kleinkrantz, Wilderness Blue Flag beach, Outeniqua Pass and Ballot’s Bay.
Caption: Celeste Africa, Administrative Official: Parks and Recreation and Priscilla Burgoyne, Superintendent: Parks and Recreation both of the Directorate Community Services.