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We work towards developing and supporting the Parks & Leisure sector by providing a wide array of member benefits

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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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1 Oct 2020 2:30 pm
While the PLA Awards of Excellence have been around for many years, 2020 will be the first year we are going fully virtual!

Today we focus on our nominees for the National Research Award:

πŸ’‘ Evaluation of NSW Government Active Kids Program - NSW Office of Sport
πŸ’‘ Factors Shaping Urban Greenspace Provision - The CityGreen Lab
πŸ’‘ ProjectPARK: Designing the perfect park for all - Deakin University (pictured)

Best of luck to the nominees! Winners will be announced at the National Awards of Excellence Virtual Event on Friday 30 October, proudly sponsored by GLG GreenLife Group.

Tickets are FREE, all you have to do is register at https://bit.ly/2RU5rSD

29 Sep 2020 6:21 pm
Our prestigious Awards of Excellence will be held virtually this year, raising a glass from the comfort of your home or office to the industry's best of the best! Today we're celebrating the finalists for the Community Based Initiative of the Year Award, congratulations:

🌿 The Great West Walk - Blacktown City Council
🌿 Growing Plants Growing Community - Fraser Coast Regional Council (pictured)
🌿 Park of the Month - National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia Department of Environment and Water
🌿 YouMeUs Training Program, Access and Inclusion - Belgravia Leisure
🌿 The Community Benefits Strategy - Town of Victoria Park, West Coast Eagles and Wirrpanda Foundation

Winners will be announced on Friday 30 October at the National Awards of Excellence Virtual Event, proudly sponsored by GLG GreenLife Group.

Tickets are FREE, all you have to do is register here πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2RU5rSD

25 Sep 2020 11:24 am
It's that time of year again where we celebrate excellence in our industry. Over the next month we'll be acknowledging and celebrating award category finalists as we gear up for our first-ever virtual awards of excellence event.

Today we're celebrating the finalists for the National Playspace of the Year (> $0.5M) Award. Best of luck to this years finalists:

πŸ† Hornsby Shire Council - Waitara Park Inclusive Playspace
πŸ† Moreton Bay Regional Council - The Hills District All Abilities Playground
πŸ† City Of Charles Sturt - Reinvented MJ McInerny Reserve
πŸ† City of Greater Bendigo - Strathdale Park Play Space
πŸ† Shire of Broome - Townbeach Foreshore Redevelopment

The winner will be announced at the National Awards of Excellence Virtual Event on Friday 30 October proudly sponsored by GLG Greenlife Group.

Tickets are FREE, register now and get your organisation involved.πŸ‘‡ https://bit.ly/2RU5rSD

18 Sep 2020 2:28 pm

All members are advised that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Parks and Leisure Australia will be held on Tuesday 27 th October, 5.45pm EST. Due to gathering restrictions, this year the AGM will be held virtually. More details to be released prior together with an Agenda, Annual Report and link to register for the meeting.

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