2016 National Conference

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Be part of this year’s event to be held at the magnificent Adelaide Oval. Adelaide promotes itself as a city that offers the physical and emotional space to breathe. There is a sense of freedom – of expression, of movement, of thought. The city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants. Combine this setting with the wonderful redeveloped Adelaide Oval and it is a fantastic venue and location for this year’s PLA National Conference.

Keynote Speakers

Kevin is the national policy advisor for Access, Health & Recreation in Forestry Commission and his work looks to build links between the health and environment sectors.

Recent work includes setting up the multi award winning Branching Out referral programme which showcases how spaces surrounding healthcare facilities can be revitalised to support the creation of positive physical environments for health.

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company that works with leaders, organisations and governments globally leading change and innovation. In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the Port Adelaide Football Club board.

David has over 25 years experience in place making. Best known as the creator of the Walking School Bus he has been described as “one of the world’s most inventive thinkers on creating vibrant public spaces.

Mark is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, TEDx speaker and influential thought leader. Mark’s understanding of the key social trends as well as his engaging communication style places him in high demand in the press, on radio and on television shows, such as Sunrise, Today, The Morning Show, ABC News 24 and A Current Affair.

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  • A fantastic line up of keynote and invited speakers
  • Your chance to join Kevin Lafferty, Mark McCrindle or David Engwitch for a 'Lunch and Learn' (places are limited)
  • A 'Behind the Scenes' Adelaide Oval master class
  • A 'Parks in Practice' Adelaide Parklands masterclass
  • Over 40 exhibitors from across the industry
  • The Awards of Excellence gala dinner - join us to celebrate the best of the best in our industry
  • Optional technical tours

Proudly sponsored by:

Event Partner

Principle Sponsor

Event Details

Date: 23rd Oct 16

Cost: AU $ $799.00* single day registration. More information at the link above.