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Our members are diverse, with individual needs, priorities and desired levels of support.

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PLA has provided me a wealth of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other open space and recreation professionals eager to share their knowledge and has also allowed me to share my ideas in a cooperative and safe environment.

Louise, Consultant

It's important to keep up with new technology and techniques in managing Parks & Open Spaces and hear from industry leading operators about how we can do things more environmentally friendly and effectively. I also enjoy the networking and meeting people from the different organisations. It keeps me fresh and motivated to improve things.

Jason, Manager, Hume City Council

I have found the seminars and conferences run by PLA have provided a vehicle to create friendships and professional affiliations amongst the membership from as close as the adjoining council to as far away as interstate and overseas.

Fiona, Advisor, Office of Sport

PLA has provided me a wealth of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other open space and recreation professionals eager to share their knowledge and has also allowed me to share my ideas in a cooperative and safe environment.

Louise, Consultant


It's important to keep up with new technology and techniques in managing Parks & Open Spaces and hearing from industry leading operators about how we can do things more environmentally friendly and effectively. I also enjoy the networking and meeting people from the different organisations. It keeps me fresh and motivated to improve things.

Jason, Manager, Hume City Council

I have found the seminars and conferences run by PLA have provided a vehicle to create friendships and professional affiliations amongst the membership from as close as the adjoining council to as far away as interstate and overseas.

Fiona, Advisor, Office of Sport

2018 National Award Winners

  • Playspace Award (>$0.5M)
  • Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands, NSW/ACT
  • The Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden
  • Major Event of the Year
  • Cumberland Council, NSW/ACT
  • Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
  • North Sydney Council
  • Park of the Year Award NSW/ACT
  • Coal Loader Platform

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14 Feb 2020 7:19 pm
The recent allocation of funding that placed political objectives above stated program objectives represented a manifestly unfair process. We are developing a response to the Senate Select Committee and we encourage our members to do the same... https://www.parksleisure.com.au/news/latest/sports-rorts-enquiry
14 Feb 2020 6:48 pm
Congratulations Ben, we look forward working with you.


// CEO UPDATE // AILA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new CEO, Ben Stockwin. Ben is an experienced CEO and leader within government, education and not-for-profit sectors. Ben was most recently CEO of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) for nine years. This role saw him lead a national membership network to transform the primary industries education landscape. Through previous roles, Ben has gained a tremendous skill set in managing a diverse national organisation and gained an appreciation of the intersect between the natural, managed and constructed environments. Issues around sustainability, nature deficit disorder, increasing population and climate change were at the forefront of Ben’s work and he looks forward to integrating these into his new role as CEO of AILA. Ben was appointed following an open recruitment process with five candidates being interviewed. He was appointed on the strengths of his experience as a CEO, his proven ability to lead an organisation with members across Australia, his education background as well as his common cultural values, dynamic energy and emotional intelligence expressed in successive interviews. Ben will officially commence his role as CEO of AILA on the 6 April 2020, however has already started the transition process. He will be travelling across Australia in the next six weeks with his current work and will endeavour to touch base with state chapter executives and members, where his schedule allows. We are delighted that Ben will be joining us in the next chapter of AILA’s progression. Our cities and regions are facing unprecedented social, cultural and environmental challenges. We firmly believe Ben’s extensive experience will help provide leadership to the Institute to continue to raise our membership profile, our engagement with allied organisations and partners and our advocacy to all levels of government.
14 Feb 2020 3:38 pm
Welcome Ursula Gleeson our new NSW/ACT Executive Officer to the PLA team. Ursula comes with extensive experience in both state and local government. "It is wonderful to be back working with a group of like-minded passionate people...." https://lnkd.in/fUTBfDM

14 Feb 2020 3:17 pm

We are developing a response to the Senate Select Committee on Administration of Sports Grants and we encourage our members to do the same.. ....

14 Feb 2020 1:00 pm

' It is wonderful to be back working with a group of like-minded passionate people. She is looking forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones on the next step of her professional journey .'

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