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MAY E-News 


Dear 

It feels as though there may be some light at the end of the tunnel with Scott Morrison's pending announcement on Friday and like you, I am looking forward to the lifting of the current restrictions and safely reopening our facilities, places and spaces.  

On the PLA font it was been all systems go.  As much as the word 'pivot' has been overused, at PLA we have certainly 'pivoted' to make sure we continue to deliver the range and quality of services our members expect.  I am especially excited by our first International Master Class series hosted by New York Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver on the 22nd May.  We are also hosting a series of online workshops, forums and events with regular updates starting next week which will continue even when restrictions have been lifted .  Keep an eye on our Learning and Events Calendar. 

Also this month we welcome onboard a new national sponsor Lark Industries.  We also sincerely thank the ongoing support of our loyal partners GreenLife Group, Syngenta, Belgravia Leisure and Christie.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and I look forward to catching up with you in person some time soon. 

Mark Band, CEO


WELCOME TO OUR NEW NATIONAL PARTNER LARK INDUSTRIES 

Mark Band, CEO, PLA said "We are delighted to welcome Lark Industries as a national sponsor and are looking forward to working with Managing Director, Harri Makela and his team over the next two years and beyond."

Harri Makela "We believe in the work that PLA does in developing a strong and united parks and leisure industry in Australia, and it is very satisfying to be in a position to help contribute to the future growth …...

Lark Industries

2020 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

We are working on an exciting program of both virtual and face-to-face (hopefully if current restrictions are lifted) events to announce this years winners. Region winners will be announced between July - September and national winners in October.  Watch this space for more news coming soon…..

AoE winners  

NY PARKS COMMISSIONER JOINS US FROM THE USA

What role has public space played during COVID-19? What lessons can be learned about the value of parks and public spaces? How will COVID-19 impact the use of public space in the future? Tune in to listen how NY City and other USA cities have dealt with managing parks and public spaces during the global pandemic.....

When: 9.30 AEST Friday 22nd May 
FREE - REGISTER NOW!

Mitchell Silver promo banner

RELEASE OF 2019 AUS PLAY DATA

Sport Australia has released its latest results from AusPlay. This release covers data collected in the last calendar year (January to December 2019), that is, before COVID-19 started in Australia, and includes new national, state/territory and sport data tables. A year-on-year comparison of selected measures across  2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and more ….

Aus Play Data

PHD OPPORTUNITY AT EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY 

Edith Cowan University is seeking a PhD candidate to undertake research with an established Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project team, investigating informal sport as a health and social resource for young people. The ARC project is designed to support government, sport and health agencies to develop new policy guidance and resources to grow informal sport opportunities.....
Edith Cowan University

INTERNATIONAL GREEN FLAG AWARD 

Guidance in relation to Covid-19. Good news! The Green Flag program is going ahead this year with special arrangements in place for judges and applicants. The scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark for the management of outdoor spaces around the world....

Green Flag Award 

PLA CHAT - CONNECTING MEMBERS 

We congratulate Mandy Nolton and the team at Rec Relief for organising the This World Can series for local government. The weekly forum discusses the COVID-19, its effect on service delivery, what we can do now and what we would like to do post COVID-19 restrictions and more. We are excited to partner with this project with more info coming soon.

Zoom call

WHAT WILL OUR CITIES AND PARKS LOOK LIKE POST COVID-19

There can be no doubt that COVID-19 has had a startling effect on the way we move in public spaces. So what can we learn from this experience to make our cities and urban areas better places to live into the future?

Guests: Melanie Davern, Australian Urban Observatory and Claire Martin, a director of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects [LISTEN]

Centenial Parklands

UPCOMING EVENTS  

12 MAY - NSW/ACT Around our PLAces - No. 1
19 MAY - Programs that deliver improved sportsfield management all year round
22 MAY - What role has public space played during COVID-19?
27 MAY - NSW/ACT Around our PLAces - No2 
11 JUN - NSW/ACT Around our PLAces -  No3

 
We are working on an exciting program of both virtual and face-to-face events, seminars and workshops...watch this space.

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