Brian Milne


My specialist field of expertise is asset management. I also provide planning and operational support to local government clients, allowing them to complete the parks and recreational projects that enhance our community well-being.

Managing assets is a challenge faced by every council and local government body, which is why I oversee the development and delivery of the Yardstick benchmarking program. In turn, we provide our clients with practical solutions, advice and documentation for a wide range of parks management and planning needs.

Xyst plays an important role, touching the lives of every person in the communities we support. We use our industry leading expertise and experience to help local government and other clients. It allows us to deliver effective and affordable parks, community and recreation plans, and projects and management support.

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My expertise

My experience is vast, spanning over four decades in local government parks and recreation facility management. Specialising in asset management for the parks and recreation industry, I have combined this discipline with strategic planning and service delivery to find practical, achievable solutions for many clients.


  • Diploma of Horticulture, Lincoln College
  • Diploma of Parks and Recreation, Lincoln College
  • National Diploma of Horticulture, RNZIH 


  • Accredited Recreation Professional (ARPro) 

Xyst in action

The fact that all Xyst staff have experience in working for councils and local government means we understand how everything works and what is needed to get things done. We were able to demonstrate this expertise when we stepped into an acting management role at Mackenzie District Council at short notice.

Our job was to ensure continuity of service and community response, as well as working to establish management systems and strategic planning. We followed that up with the delivery of a range of reserve developments and other improvements.


Service Delivery

From procuring and managing contractors to the practical implementation of strategic work, we can help you to deliver services efficiently

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Play Spaces

From redevelopments to new builds, our children need safe, fun play spaces to get them outside for fresh air and exercise

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Asset Management

Having accurate information about assets allows you to make practical, workable decisions about maintaining and developing community spaces

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My Projects

Play Strategy

Xyst was commissioned to develop a Play Strategy for the Mackenzie District Council, the region has a modest population of around 8000 residents but welcomes

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Public Toilets Strategy

The Mackenzie District Council engaged Xyst to conduct a comprehensive review of the provision of Public Toilets in the District and to formulate a strategy.

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Wingicarribee Playground Strategy

Xyst undertook a playground performance assessment, developed levels of service, prepared a draft strategy and assessed consultation feedback. We then finalised the Playground Strategy and

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Fairlie Ashes Circle

The team at Xyst were engaged by the Mackenzie District Council to spearhead the development of the Fairlie Cemetery Ashes Circle. The project started with

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Open Space Embellishment Costing

Developed an open space hierarchy and typical development level of service description on which to base cost estimates for development contributions evaluation. Developed cost estimates

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Play Strategy

Xyst prepared a play strategy to set out the approach to the future provision of playgrounds across the region. The methodology and outputs included: performance

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Donovan Nursery Review

After conducting a thorough review of the information provided by Invercargill City Council (ICC), Xyst went through a comprehensive evaluation of the operational and financial

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Peace Avenue Trees

Xyst was engaged by the Mackenzie District Council to undertake an inspection of the 500 historic Peace Avenue trees planted at the turn of the

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Parks & Facilities Management

Xyst was brought on board after a thorough risk and performance evaluation of the Mackenzie District Council’s parks and community facilities operations. Xyst was then

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Fairlie Dog Park

The Mackenzie District Council engaged Xyst to develop a dog park for the Fairlie Community and the region’s visitors. Xyst started by identifying the project’s

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