Bishop Ngobeli, President of the IERM hands over a design of a future park Council has to create. When the Council has created the park it will be named. Accepting the design are from left Executive Deputy Mayor, Cllr Charlotte Clarke and Executive Mayor, Ald Melvin Naik

George Municipality hosted 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.

At the event are from left Coenraad Loubser, Manager: Parks and Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Priscilla Burgoyne, Superintendent: Parks and Recreation, Ald Melvin Naik, Executive Mayor of George, Bishop Ngobeli, President of the IERM, Executive Deputy Mayor, Cllr Charlotte Clarke and Hilton Spies, Superintendent Parks and Recreation.

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 was being hosted at the Oubaai Hotel and Spa last week ( 4-6 September)

At the event are from left Coenraad Loubser, Manager: Parks and Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Priscilla Burgoyne, Superintendent: Parks and Recreation, Ald Melvin Naik, Executive Mayor of George, Bishop Ngobeli, President of the IERM, Executive Deputy Mayor, Cllr Charlotte Clarke and Hilton Spies, Superintendent Parks and Recreation.
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