2021 Award Winners

Our 2021 winners were celebrated virtually at the PLA Awards of Excellence due to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

City Parklands, QLD

Roma Street Parklands

Roma Street Parkland is one of Brisbane’s premier parklands and considered to be one of the two best contemporary display gardens in Australia. Opened in April 2001, the parkland attracts in the region of 2 million visitors per annum. Encompassing the area that was once Brisbane’s main rail and goods yard, a flower and produce market and the historic Albert Park, Roma Street Parkland’s 16ha garden only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Brisbane.

City Parklands, QLD

South Bank Parklands

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 14 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Western Downs Regional Council, QLD

Chinchilla Botanic Parkland

The Chinchilla Botanic Parkland is constructed on a 4.2-hectare site centrally located within Chinchilla. It hosts a state-of-the-art Water Park, Parkour elements, event spaces and botanical garden which showcases the regions endemic flora. The Park also showcases historical elements of the site such as ancient megafauna, Indigenous culture, and the recent history of the site as a Queensland Rail Depot. Council's vision is that the park will provide a safe and friendly space that will enhance the liveability of its communities well into the future by creating increased opportunities for event and tourism development both locally and regionally.

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, NSW

Queen Elizabeth II Park

Queen Elizabeth II Park and river corridor is in the heart of the city. The Park lands flank both banks of the Queanbeyan River as it runs through the CBD and plays a vital role in linking the urban areas to the town centre. Major events are hosted in the space and the tranquil setting is popular with residents and visitors alike. The Park lands is popular for family picnics, children's play, events, walking and platypus watching. Both sides of the river have playgrounds, gardens and shelters and are linked by a circular shared path crossing the river to form a continuous loop. Work is currently underway to convert the former caravan park into an open RV/Camper van short stay location and extension to the park lands. QE II Park, was the first recreational facility in Australia to be awarded a rating of "Excellent" by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, NSW

Queanbeyan Park

Queanbeyan Park, also known locally as Town Park, is the heart and soul of Queanbeyan CBD. Situated just off the main street, Queanbeyan Park was established in the mid to late 1800s and today has well established sports facilities and inclusive play area and picnic facilities under a canopy of mature trees. The Park is home to Queanbeyan Cricket Club, Tennis club and a host of events throughout the year. Queanbeyan Park is popular with local families for weddings, picnics, and community activities. The Park hosts the annual Australia Day celebrations, Multicultural Festival, Carols in the Park and numerous smaller events and sporting fixtures. Located in the Heritage Precinct, original square mile, the park has many features dating back to the city’s formation and settlement.

City of Greater Bendigo, VIC

Rosalind Park

Rosalind Park Precinct is Bendigo’s premier ‘city park’, situated immediately to the north of the Bendigo city centre. The city centre is a focus for a wide range of human activity, including commerce, employment, tourism, and entertainment. The large numbers of people attracted to this area take advantage of the park as a place for retreat from the activity of the city centre and as a place for exercise and fresh air. This parkland precinct is complimented by the significant collection of heritage buildings, sporting facilities and intensive display gardens (all dating back to the gold rush era) are a strong part of the character and public image of the city.

City of Campbelltown (SA), SA

Lochiel Park

Lochiel Park is a nation-leading 'green village' developed as a practical demonstration of the South Australian Government's vision for sustainable living. It exemplifies South Australia's Strategic Plan objective of 'Attaining Sustainability' by demonstrating that well-planned contemporary living can reduce ecological and carbon footprints while creating a sense of place in harmony with nature.

The recreation section of the Lochiel Park development features picnic facilities, a small playground, fitness equipment and extensive walking trails through wetlands, grassed areas and extending out to the River Torrens and Linear Park. There is a Community Garden that not only enables members to grow foods in a sustainable way and according to permaculture principles but also develops and runs community education programs to engage the local community including school children, people with special needs and elderly people, in hands-on learning opportunities.

Lochiel Park also features a 4km Active Family Loop and is home to Lochend House and Ripples Community Arts.

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