About US

Working across Australia, One Eighty SLS is a vibrant consultancy with over 70 years collective experience harnessed from committed, respected professionals specialising in the planning and business of leisure, recreation, open space, public realm and sport services.

Our experience harnesses a sound appreciation of the benefits participation brings to the
community and as a consequence we have a vast portfolio of projects where we have assisted all levels of government in policy development, planning and provision of quality infrastructure and services to benefit the community.

We also understand the importance and value of sport and recreation as a business where billions of dollars are spent annually the provision and management of facilities, programming and services and have worked directly with both developers and private clients on joint initiatives in the planning of sport and recreation infrastructure and open space. We therefore welcome opportunities to turn around challenges with innovative business solutions for the sport and recreation sector and hope we can assist you in addressing your challenges and opportunities.

On behalf of our team, I thank you for your interest in One Eighty and hope the following information provides you with enough information about our company and experience. If you would like additional information or an opportunity to discuss our experience further, then please do not hesitate to contact me directly for a no obligation chat.

Philosophy

Sport, leisure and recreation is part of all of our lives and whilst seen as ‘fun’ is a serious business with billions of dollars spent annually on community and commercial ventures, services and programmes.

One Eighty understands this significance and the role sport, recreation and leisure plays in the social and economic fabric of society.  We are passionate about the benefits of our sector and offer professional advice and business solutions to all levels of providers including Federal, State and Local Governments, multinational organisations and grass roots providers and services in local and regional communities.

We welcome the opportunity to assist organisations to turn around their challenges to address their corporate objectives and ultimately develop healthy, vibrant businesses and communities.

Philosophies

PHILOSOPHY

Sport, leisure and recreation is part of all of our lives and whilst seen as ‘fun’ is a serious business with billions of dollars spent annually on community and commercial ventures, services and programmes.

One Eighty understands this significance and the role sport, recreation and leisure plays in the social and economic fabric of society.  We are passionate about the benefits of our sector and offer professional advice and business solutions to all levels of providers including Federal, State and Local Governments, multinational organisations and grass roots providers and services in local and regional communities.

We welcome the opportunity to assist organisations to turn around their challenges to address their corporate objectives and ultimately develop healthy, vibrant businesses and communities.

MISSION

One Eighty is an Australasian company providing innovative planning and business solutions in the development of public and private sport, recreation and leisure opportunities.

To achieve our mission we tailor services to respond to a variety of different but complementary professions and skills involved in the planning and provision of sport and leisure.  These include statutory and social planning, consultation, needs analyses and research, asset and open space planning, facility design and cost assessment, facility management, service provision and performance management and review.

 

VISION

To be recognised as a trusted, respected leader the industry turns to for professional business advice relating to the development of sport, recreation and leisure opportunities.

VALUES

Our values include:

  • Being passionate about what we do by:
    • Enhancing lifestyle and wellbeing of the community through the development of sport, recreation and quality leisure time opportunities.
    • Showcasing and promoting the social, economic and environmental benefits of leisure.
    • Assisting providers, businesses and government to better provide their services, programmes and businesses.
    • Being open and flexible in our approach.
    • Enjoying our work.
  • Being a good corporate citizen by
    • Providing a safe and welcoming work environment.
    • Protecting and preserving our natural environment.
    • Supporting disadvantaged sectors of the world community.
  • Working with our clients to:
    • Understand their needs and challenges.
    • Continuously researching and understanding changes in the sector.
    • Creating best practice and innovative methods of delivery.
    • Being creative in our approach.

 

 

Partners

One Eighty understands the complex nature of business planning and management for the sport and leisure sector.

We tailor our approach to ensure a range of varied but complementary skills are utilised throughout the course of our projects. This includes key strategic partnerships with both local and interstate companies with the following expertise:

  • Statutory and Urban Planning
  • Social Planning
  • Market Research
  • Architecture and Built Form
  • Landscape Design
  • Engineering
  • GIS and Spatial Mapping
  • Quantity Surveying

One Eighty is happy to announce our affiliation with Parks and Leisure Australia, with the organisation now sharing the One Eighty office at 207 The Parade Norwood. One Eighty has taken on a secretariat role in the organisation and sees this as a great opportunity to further benefit the sector both here in South Australia and nationally.

Social Charter

Content coming soon….

Social Responsibility

180 supports a lot of South Australian & Australian based organisations, as well as the following national & international organisations

KIVA

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Since signing up with Kiva in December 2009 One Eighty have helped 6 entrepreneurs in disadvantaged areas around the globe to advance their businesses. To find out more about KIVA visit their website.

UNICEF

UNICEF is one of the largest development agencies dedicated to working exclusively with children. UNICEF works closely with children, women and communities as well as governments, other UN agencies, faith-based groups, non-government organisations and the private sector on behalf of all children without regard to race, creed or religion. To find out more about UNICEF visit their website.

The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity, working in partnership with other caring Australians to help disadvantaged Australian children. To find out more, visit their website.

Our Clients

Sport & Recreation

Sport and Recreation is a key component of the Australian way of life.  Many of these are community sporting and recreation clubs largely managed and administered by volunteers. Supporting community clubs are the State and National bodies which like the clubs themselves are facing similar pressures to that of any business. One Eighty appreciates the pressures facing sport and recreation organisations and the need to be strategic in the way they manage and deliver their services to the community.  We have assisted local to national organisations in their day to day management and development of their sports and activities to assist them to become sustainable and effective bodies.  Examples of our services include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Sport Development Initiatives
  • Facility Planning and Development
  • Facility Design and Management
  • Funding and Grant Opportunities
  • Operational Reviews
  • Performance Reviews

Private Sector

The private sport and leisure sector is an industry in itself with billions of dollars spent annually on leisure time activity.  From cafes, restaurants, bars, cinemas, major events, health and fitness clubs and holiday resorts, the private leisure sector is serious business.  One Eighty has worked with the private sport and lesiure sector and has and can assist with:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Planning
  • Market Analysis
  • Carrying Capacities
  • Customer Service Surveys
  • Mystery Visitor Evaluations
  • Performance Management and Reviews

Government

Government  at all levels plays a critical role in enhancing the wellbeing of communities.  Sport, recreation and leisure is a key component of this and therefore government supports opportunities for a number of social, physical, envionrmental and economic outcomes.  Our services to assist government has included:

  • Recreation and Leisure Policies
  • Community Needs Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Research and Consultation
  • Open Space Planning
  • Active Transport Strategies
  • Physical Activity Strategies
  • Wellbeing Strategies
  • Playspace Stratgies
  • Master Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Sport and Recreation Organisation Support
  • Procurement of Services and Facilities
  • Economic Impact Assessments
  • Performance Management and Review

Developers

Developers play a role in creating sustainable, vibrant communities. One Eighty assists small to large scale developments from Greenfield developments to retrofitting existing urban and infill areas.  Services offerred to developers include:

  • Strategic Open Space Planning
  • Facility Planning and Needs Analysis
  • Funding and Partnership Opportunities
  • Communtiy Development Initiatives.

OUR TEAM

One Eighty SLS is a vibrant consultancy committed, respected professionals specialising in the planning and business of leisure, recreation, open space, public realm and sport services.

MARK BAND – DIRECTOR

Mark has over 25 years experience in the sport, recreation, and leisure industry with a portfolio of experience gained in the United Kingdom, the USA, South Africa and Australia with much of this time spent in Local Government.

Under a current contractual arrangement with Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) One Eighty administers the national operations for the professional peak body of over 1800 members across Australia which mainly comprise Local Government Authorities and professionals that work in the Parks and Leisure sector. As part of this agreement Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer and has the responsibility of coordinating each State and Regions activities as well as representing and advocating on behalf of the industry as a whole to Government and partners both here in Australia and overseas.

Mark also has significant experience in commercial leisure developments having been responsible for the open space and recreation aspects of the $1.5b Economic Development Project in SA and more recently contracted to the SA’s largest residential development where he was responsible for the development of open space and recreation needs and structure planning for a planned community of 65,000 people.

Given his experience Mark is well versed in the political climate for sport and recreation and has developed many plans, policies, and management agreements for community sport and recreation including needs analysis, feasibilities, precinct master plans, open space strategies, recreation policies and memorandums of understanding.

JEFF DRY – ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Jeff has almost 35 years experience in the sport development area having developed extensive networks and expertise through a career as a sports administrator and educator. He has worked on projects and programme development at international, national, state and local level including work with all levels of government and sporting organisations from national through to local community.

Jeff has gained considerable experience and knowledge from many years in sport administration and development through work with the Australian Sports Commission, the SA Office of Recreation and Sport and various State and national sporting organisations. He also has had broad representation as a volunteer on industry Boards and working parties such as Hockey SA, Sport SA and the previous Chair of the South Australian Ministers Physical Activity Council.

He has provided consultancy services to many national and state sporting organisations and recreation agencies as well as being a community presenter to work with state sporting organisations and within the education sector on sport and physical activity issues with a particular focus on matters relating to volunteer issues within the industry.

Jeff’s unparalleled knowledge of the sports sector will assist the team and he will assist on matters relating to sports infrastructure and development including growth, trends and precinct planning.

BRENT HILL – ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Brett has almost 20 years of experience within South Australia and Queensland working the majority of his career within local government. In this time, he has developed a remarkable skill set particularly in the fields of recreation and open space planning, strategic planning, community development and major residential development work. Working at a managerial level for the past 15 years, Brett’s knowledge of all project facets is a valuable asset.

Whilst working for local Government, Brett has achieved numerous goals in supporting the local community with high quality social and recreational amenities. Brett has project managed a range of significant developments for recreation and open space in several major open space developments to include park and reserves design and management for a number of major urban renewal projects.

Brett’s vast knowledge of the sport and recreation sector is enhanced by his involvement in the industry where he sits on a number of boards and committees. In addition to this strategic level, Brett also participates at a local sporting level. This mix of skills greatly assists the team on matters which relate to recreation and open space, and strategic, residential and precinct planning.

LINA COURT – OFFICE MANAGER

Lina joined One Eighty in 2012 as Office Manager. Lina has an Associate Diploma of Business (Office Administration) and over 25 years of experience in office and business management including State Government roles in Office Management, Senior Project Officer Positions and web re-development.