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2020 PLA QLD State Conference update and News


I hope this email finds all of the PLA QLD community well and looking forward to an exciting year ahead, but also aware a number of our members and communities continue to work through a challenging start to 2020. Feel free to contact me if you have a cause you are seeking support for that I can share on our social media for you to show our support.


The team are busy planning our 2020 State Conference, which I am pleased to announce will be hosted in Brisbane in May.  Watch this space as over the next few weeks, we will be announcing the date, venue, delegate packages, and how you can get involved, but most importantly share our exciting list of speakers and partners. Feel free to reach out if you've got some great ideas of things you'd love to see this year or have capacity to help out - we are always on the look out for fresh ideas and volunteers to help with the behind the scenes.

Climate change is an increasingly important topic for our industry and us as a community, and the impacts climate events has on our roles as 'the people behind the places'. The aim of this years conference is deliver an innovative conference which brings together a range of industry partners, allowing the parks, leisure, sport and place sectors to collaborate now and in to the future to share ideas on how best to respond to climate challenges.  The conference will have a renewed format from previous years, with keynotes, panels, Q & A session, and lots of networking opportunities, with a focus on collaboration across our amazingly diverse and talented industry groups.

We would love to get our PLA QLD community involved with this event, and If you would like to be volunteer or provide specialist input we are looking for some superstars to assist in the following areas, which include but not limited to:

- Graphic Design / Marketing 

- Sponsorship

- Social Media

- Speaker Recruitment 

- General Conference Volunteers during the event

We appreciate your time is valuable, so happy for people to propose joint roles and will offer all volunteers a free pass to the conference.  If you are interested please reach out directly to our EO Adam - by 7 February 2020 with a brief summary of your experience in the above areas, and how you wish to support.  Much of the conference can be organised remotely, so we encourage those in regional areas to reach out also please, so location is no barrier! 

Marke Jennings from SportEng and PLA QLD Council will be chairing this committee with the EO, and we can not wait to get more of the PLA QLD community on board.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing more updates very soon, so watch this space.

Adam Cheyne


Call for Conference Volunteers 

An amazing conference is NOT possible without volunteers, and to ensure we deliver a leading industry conference we need your specialist help.  Please contact our EO Adam Cheyne via email or call 0407 687 890 if you are interested.  We also encourage our young professionals to get on board, so please share this opportunity with your wider teams and colleagues. 

Awards of Excellence are now OPEN

Each year, PLA acknowledges excellence in our industry through its prestigious Awards of Excellence.These annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of 'the people behind the places'. Nominations close 27 March, so Queensland be sure to represent, and showcase you amazing talents nationally. 

Read more

Global Wave Conference - Gold Coast

In continuing our support of the environment, our friends at the Global Wave Conference have asked us to share information on their conference which is kicks off 10 February on the Gold Coast.

The conference will bring together environmental and social scientists, world surfing legends, conservationists, surfing industry and the sustainability and eco-surfing conscientious.

 Read more for further details.

Regional Representatives EOI

We really want ensure we provide networking and collaboration opportunities across all of Queensland. However to achieve this we are seeking initial interest from our stakeholders, in particular in the regions of Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to help drive PLA QLD industry connection further across all of Queensland.

It could be as simple as organising a networking opportunity, to organising a event in your region. 

If you're interested in being a lead in your region, please contact our EO Adam on to talk through initial ideas on how to get involved. 

PLA QLD and the Design Series 30 January Event - Sunshine Coast

As many of you would have read PLA Queensland are proud to be part of The Design Series, which is an initiative of The Metropolitan (MET) on the Sunshine Coast. This exciting Series is in partnership with key industry groups AIA, AILA, EA, SCCA, and PIA and is a nine part program (April-Dec) which will vary in format each month with talks, short films, exhibitions and music, together with local produce and drinks. 

A number of PLA QLD representatives and partners attended this amazing launch event on 30 January, and with over 160 industry professionals from Government, Consultancy, Industry Sectors and the community, it is sure to be a event to mark in your calendars in 2020.  keep an eye on our socials, and on the Design Series Facebook page for future events.  

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