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PaRC was created by the AIPR Trust Fund – Education, an educational trust established by the Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation (AIPR) in 1974. In 2017 the contemporary Trustees of the fund (Dr Anne Binkley, Mr Peter Nicholls, Mr Ray Steward, Mr Ken Trafford) resolved to expend the Trust moneys on an annotated bibliography of significant documentary materials accompanied by explanatory narratives. Charles Sturt University agreed to manage the project on behalf of the Trust as an element of its mission to present scholarship to the nation. The Trustees express their gratitude to Assoc. Professor Ben Wilson, Manager Andrew Cox and their colleagues at the University for administering the project through to practical completion.
We also acknowledge the late Trevor Arthur, Chairman of the Trustees from his election by the Trustees on 9 May 1996 until his passing away in 2009, for curating the Trust over many years. The history of the Trust Fund and the far-sighted individuals who upheld its vision over more than four decades is summarised briefly in a 2018 article in the Parks and Leisure magazine and in the attached briefing note.
To allow the project to continue after the AIPR Trust Fund – Education expired, PaRC Inc. was incorporated on 19 April 2022 under the Associations Incorporation Act 2005 of Norfolk Island. This vehicle was chosen partly because the Secretary’s office is located there but also to underpin the intended outreach to the western Pacific Islands. PaRC’s ABN is 79 179 901 655.
Objectives of PaRC Inc.
PaRC is formed for educational, research and charitable purposes in the fields of parks and leisure, and specifically for the following key objectives:
The key objectives will be achieved by the following and related activities:
The geographic focus of PaRC is Australasia – the Western Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. “Parks and leisure” includes parks, gardens, open space, leisure, sport and recreation.
PaRC consists of two limbs. The Document Library was switched live on 28 February 2020 and on the official launch, 23 June 2021, moved from development to maintenance mode under the administration of Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA), successor to AIPR.
This Narratives site supplements the Document Library and has been public since May 2020. PaRC Inc., the organisation, is responsible for developing this Narratives site as well as contributing materials to the Document Library.
Contact us NOTE AS AT 6 SEPTEMBER 2023: THE PARC@ EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE SENTENCE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED AS IT HAS BEEN COMPROMISED BY SPAMMERS. TO CONTACT PARC USE THE 02 TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THE TIME BEING
Enquiries about the PaRC project may be submitted to the Secretary of PaRC Inc. via the general inquiries address, parc AT parcaustralia.com.au, telephone 02 9136 8019 or failing that, 04 8850 5887. Administration Officer Pam Lauder may be contacted on the same address.