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August Newsletter 


Welcome to our new and current members and sponsors. With another financial year behind us, we have entered the new membership cycle, if you haven't renewed your membership, please click here to renew. We have some exciting virtual events coming up over the next couple of months, click here to view our calendar of events. Our Parks and Leisure Australia National conference will be held virtually this year on the 26 & 27 October and the Announcement of the National Awards of Excellence on the 30th October. More details are coming soon!

To all our members and industry colleagues, we hope you're keeping well, especially in Victoria.

Take care,
Mark Band
CEO, Parks and Leisure Australia

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Magical Parks 

Magical Park gets kids off the couch through educational games that support council messages like recycling, climate change and protecting our oceans. Our games are free to play, with improved geofencing to keep children safe while playing.

In support of Seaweek which is 2-8th September this year, Geo AR Games is offering a special promotion and Ocean Rescue Game for those who want to get their community back into those parks, inspire your community to clean up our shores and try something new!

Ocean Rescue is a 2-level puzzle game in which the player either has to clean up a coral reef or free marine animals that are trapped in rubbish from the evil mermaid before she turns all of our marine life into jellyfish. It opens up conversations between families and younger children about marine pollution while being respectful of our younger players who are at different levels of their awareness of ocean protection. Watch the Ocean Rescue game trailer

The City of Wyndham in Victoria, Australia has sponsored the latest Ocean Rescue game which teaches our young players to be eco warriors and take care of their environment. A BIG THANK YOU from the Geo AR Games team to Wyndham Council for helping us provide awesome educational games to inspire action in our young players!

You can book a Magical Park demo free of charge by contacting - or

Green Flag Awards Update

With the application period for Green Flag Award nominations now closed we can advise that the following parks have submitted an application for the 2020 Awards:

  • Lochiel Park - City of Campbelltown SA
  • Parramatta Park - Parramatta Park Trust NSW
  • Queanbeyan Park - Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council NSW
  • Queen Elizabeth Park II - Queanbeyan Palerang Region Council NSW
  • Centennial Parklands - Centennial Park NSW
  • Roma Street Parklands - City Parklands, Brisbane Qld
  • South Bank Parklands - City Parklands, Brisbane Qld
  • Chinchilla Botanic Parkland - Western Downs Regional Council
  • Rosalind Park - City of Greater Bendigo Vic

Judging for these parks will be occurring over the next two months and we wish them well and hope they are successful in achieving their Green Flag Award for another 12 months.

Save the date - PLA National Australia Virtual Conference 

Save the date for the PLA National Australia Virtual Conference - 26 & 27 October 2020

Registrations opening soon! Watch this space!

Introducing a new national sponsor, Lawn Solutions Australia

Lawn Solutions Australia has a dedicated national network of turf producers providing the highest standards of quality turfgrasses, turf-care products and other specialised turf services to the landscape, commercial and domestic turf markets. Lawn Solutions Australia are at the forefront of turfgrass research and development in Australia with the group bringing together the collective wisdom, knowledge and best practices of leading Australian turf producers. We can offer specifiers, designers, planners and the end-user a superior consistency of product right around the country.

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