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Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award

Winner 2018: Kevin Lowe - Campbelltown City Council, SA/NT

The award recognises the significant contribution an individual has made to the development, promotion and advocacy of the parks and leisure industry through their personal and professional endeavors over a substantial period.

Former Frank Stewart Distinguished Service winners (left to right): John Senior, Cathy Kiss, Andrew Smith, winner Kevin Lowe, Peter Nicholls, Sally Jeavons, Stephen Bourke and Michael King


David Aldous Young Professional of the Year Award

Winner 2018: David Aldous Student of the Year Award - Georgie Beeforth, City of Greater Geelong, VIC/TAS

This award seeks to recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions made by a student or emerging professional (under 30 years of age) in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification in the sector throughout Australia or who has made a significant contribution to the parks and leisure industry.

National finalists receive a ticket to the National Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner, one night's accommodation and return flights. In addition they are awarded a trip to the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) National Conference (including flights and accommodation) in November 2020 and a 12 month PLA membership.

*Note this is a combined award category of the former David Aldous Student of the Year Award and the Emerging Leader Award


Sponsored by Otium Planning Group

Major Event of the Year

Winner 2018: Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, Cumberland Council, NSW/ACT

This award recognises community events which receive third party sponsorship and charge an admission or participation fee. The event is commercial (major sponsorship / partnerships) in nature and promotes community participation through industry related events.


Sponsored by Nature for All

Community Based Initiative of the Year

Winner 2018: Sustainable Living - Mount Barker, Mount Barker District Council, SA/NT

This award is designed to recognise the combined effort that is required to successfully plan, organise and manage effective initiatives, projects, programs, events and/or festivals which promote and enhance leisure time for a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community. Evidence of the success should form a component of the submission

Sponsored by Belgravia Leisure

Strategic Planning Award

Winner 2018: Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017, Sunshine Coast Council, QLD

This award recognises the development of strategies for parks, open space, sport, recreation and leisure opportunities by rewarding outstanding examples of strategic planning that have enriched and revitalised a community.

Sponsored by Syngenta Australia

Community Facility of the Year Award

Winner 2018: Cockburn ARC, City of Cockburn, WA

This community facility award recognises facilities that demonstrate innovative features of design, development and operation.


Sponsored by Marsupial Landscape Management

Park of the Year Award

Winner 2018: Coal Loader Platform, North Sydney Council, NSW/ACT

This award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful well designed and managed new or significantly revitalised parks/ open spaces by recognising and rewarding exceptional examples of best practice in terms of design and management.


Sponsored by GreenLife Group

Playspace Award (<$0.5M)

Winner 2018: Piney Lakes Sensory Play Park, City of Melville, WA

This award is given to a playspace under the value of $500,000 that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of "place'' for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.


Sponsored by: Coolabah Turf

Playspace Award (>$0.5M)

Winner 2018: The Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands, NSW/ACT

This award is given to a playspace over the value of $500,000 that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of "place'' for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.

Sponsored by: Glascott Landscape and Civil

Best Region / Rural Industry Contribution Award

Winner 2018: Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre - City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder - WA

Region/Rural Australia includes all of the towns, small cities and areas that lie beyond the major capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart and Canberra), who make a significant contribution through community initiatives which contribute to the parks and leisure industry. These projects can be playspaces, events, tourism, trails, programs, re-purposing of facilities and environmental initiatives.

Sponsored by: Willplay

Research Project Award

Winner 2018: The REVAMP Study, Deakin University, VIC/TAS

This award acknowledges outstanding research achievement by a group or individual, professionals, student or academics who have made a significant contribution to the parks and leisure industry through expanded knowledge enhancement promoting the benefits or importance of the parks and leisure sector in Australian society.


Sponsored by Weedtechnics


Best Use of Technology

Winner 2018: Parallel Parks - New Horizons - NSW/ACT

This award acknowledges outstanding and innovative achievement in the area of technology application and how that application has benefited the industry.


Sponsored by: Christie


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