PLA National Office
207 The Parade
Norwood, SA 5067
Ph: +61 8 8332 0130

December Newsletter 


As Spring is in full bloom with signs of new beginnings, our borders are slowly beginning to re-open and hopefully we are all on the way to getting back to some level of normalcy. Wherever you are, I sincerely hope that you have not been too affected by the recent lockdowns and the impacts of the global pandemic and you are now on the way to a recovery, albeit with a certain level of cautiousness.

Here at the National Office we have just come off the back of a successful virtual conference which was a new and unknown territory for us, and hopefully for those of you that joined us thought it was worthwhile and enjoyable. Congratulations to all the National Award nominees and winners, there were some truly amazing projects and contenders out there this year so well done to you all.

It is now full steam ahead for us as we get back on track for 2021 and for the next national conference which will be in Sydney, so please keep watching this space for more information. It's been a long time 'between drinks' and I for one am looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues from all over the country.

Once again, thank you all for your continued support and stay alert and safe as we move forward and navigate our way around the global situation.

Mark Band , CEO


This year, as we navigated our way through these unprecedented times, our Annual National Conference focused on how our profession had responded to the global pandemic through learning and initiatives.

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Awards of Excellence 2020 Winners

With the changes 2020 has brought, Parks and Leisure Australia is proud to have been able to bring its Awards of Excellence ceremony into the virtual world.

We received 185 entries to our awards of excellence program this year and judging was no mean feat.

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Parks & Gardens and Landscaping Skills Standard Review

Industry experts have been consulted over the past few months to review the qualifications and skills standards that support job roles in parks and gardens. As a result, they have been revised to reflect current terminology, equipment, technology and practices. Skills Impact is seeking your feedback on whether the draft documents reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry...

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Green Flag Awards Winners

Parks and Leisure Australia is proud to congratulate all Australian award winners in the global Green Flags Awards. With over 2,000 entries from 15 countries including New Zealand, USA, Belgium, UK, Republic of Ireland and Finland, Australia won 9 awards. 

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VALE Brendan Sheehan

Parks and Leisure Australia has sadly learnt of the passing one of Victoria's most committed sport and recreation professionals, Brendan Sheehan.

Brendan spent over 20 years with Sport and Recreation Victoria, managing sport and recreation facility developments throughout Victoria and will be greatly missed.

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We would like to give a shout out to all our new members who have joined over the course of the last couple of months! We welcome you to our Parks and Leisure Community and look forward to your involvement. Don't forget to login to our exclusive Members Area to access our Member Only information and head over to our Learning and Events page for events that may be of interest to you!

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Looking for a change? You might be surprised to know there are several positions currently available. City of Whittlesea (VIC) are looking for an Open Space Planner and Moorabool Shire Council (VIC) are employing a Community Strengthening Liaison Advisor plus many more



  • 9 DEC 2020 NSW/ACT Around our PLAce - A plan for nature play in NSW: Have your say
  • 2-3 June 2021 VIC/TAS Region Conference


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