Kelly Harding





  • International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), Foundations in Public Participation (2013)
  • University of South Australia, Bachelor of Applied Science, Recreational Planning & Management (2014)

Core Skills

  • Project management
  • Community and stakeholder consultation
  • Facility planning
  • Open space and active lifestyle planning
  • Master plan development
  • Strategy development
  • Event program development

Project Experience

  • Volleyball SA State-wide Audit & Strategic Plan
  • Female Friendly Facility Audits
  • Flinders University Open Space & Sport Analysis
  • Adelaide South West Park Lands Precinct Plan
  • The Paddocks Master Plan
  • Clare Oval Master Plan
  • Park 12 Master Plan
  • Karbeethan Reserve Master Plan

Kelly Harding is a dedicated professional to the sport, leisure and open space industry with over 10 years experience at both a state and local government level in South Australia and leads insideEDGE’s South Australian office, providing the trademark insideEDGE quality and innovation to the South Australian government, sport, recreation and community sectors.

For the past six years, Kelly has managed the Active Communities Team at the City of Holdfast Bay in Adelaide. In this role she has been responsible for a large portfolio including Sport, Recreation, Open Space, Club Development, Volunteers, Social Planning and Community Development, Community Centres, Youth, Arts and Culture.

During this time Kelly initiated and managed a number of large projects including the planning and construction of the new $15 million Kauri Parade Community and Sports Facility, development of master plans for the Brighton Oval and Glenelg Oval Precincts and open space and playground developments including the multi-award winning Glenelg Foreshore Playspace.

Kelly’s role as Manager of Active Communities focused on undertaking community consultation, grant funding management, the delivery of Council’s Community Pillar within its strategic plan, stakeholder management, project management, staff and financial management and strategic advice on council’s properties and leases.

In addition to her role with the City of Holdfast Bay, Kelly’s work history has also included working in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, coordinating the Planning and Development Fund grant program, and focusing on open space and public realm projects across South Australia.

Kelly’s extensive experience in community consultation, open space, sport and recreation planning combined with her work on many sport, recreation, and community and volunteer advisory groups and committees provides her with a well-rounded approach to the industry, which is topped with both state and local government knowledge. Supporting this is her 6 years she spent on the Parks and Leisure SA/NT board.

Kelly provides a unique area of knowledge and expertise to the insideEDGE team in the Open Space and Active Lifestyle field, as well as her industry leadership qualities.