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April Newsletter 

Dear


With the first quarter of 2021 behind us, it is encouraging to see events rolling out across the regions. We are now full steam ahead with the launch of our National Conference, PLA2021 'The Park Bench, Reconnecting Communities' and we're planning a great comeback. After two years apart and I really cannot wait to see you, hear your stories and share a drink with you in Sydney.

We've had a great response to our prestigious Awards of Excellence nominations and judging is about to commence. I thank you all for taking the time to prepare and submit your nominations. Very best of luck!

It's been a year since the world changed and I thank you all for keeping our industry flexible and adaptable with all the changes that have taken place.

Stay safe and happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO



PLA2021 'THE PARK BENCH - RECONNECTING COMMUNITES'

We are looking forward to reconnecting with you on The Park Bench this year at our 23rd National Conference. Proudly announcing Cathy Freeman, Costa Georgiadis, Katherine Howard and Jade Hameister. 

New features this year include a 'Welcome Back' flat rate for everyone and CPD points, the perfect opportunity to take advantage of end of financial year professional development budgets.

Make sure you clear your diary for 12 - 15 September 2021 and join us at Sydney Olympic Park, NSW where we'll be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Sydney Olympic Games.

Full details and to register


JOIN PLA

With the Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference registrations now open, now is the perfect time to join and receive discounted rates and save! Membership gives you access to Certified Parks and Leisure Professional qualification and CPD points. We are continually looking at ways in which we can make membership work for you, your organisation and our industry.

Want more information? Call our friendly team today on (08) 8332 0130 or email us at membership@parksleisure.com.au if you have any questions at all. We are here to help.



NEW YORK CITY PARKS COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

Friend to PLA, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver will be stepping down later this year having served for seven years under NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration. Commissioner Silver has made significant contributions to the improvement of parks across five boroughs, and programs including Community Parks Initiative, Parks Without Borders and the Parks Opportunity Program.

He will be joining the multi-disciplinary civil engineering, land planning and landscape architecture firm McAdams as a Principal of the firm. We wish him all the very best!

Full story


GREEN FLAG VIDEO COLLAGE PROJECT

Green Flag has been working on a project to bring together responses from countries on what the Green Flag Award means to them. Australia's Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council feature in this video snippet and they share the importance of showing the world the high standards of our parks with a Green Flag Award.

Video

Watch this space, more videos to come!


NEW TOOLS TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES IMPROVE THEIR PUBLIC SPACES

NSW Government has launched The Great Public Spaces Guide and Evaluation Tool - two new free resources that will help improve public spaces for every community across NSW. The Evaluation Tool allows for the quality of public space to be evaluated and document changes over time. 

Full details


PaRC

Parks and leisure professionals can access the Parks and Recreation Collection (PaRC) library which contains over 640 references from across Australia and New Zealand. With topics ranging across recreation, park, tourism, policy and planning, you can head to the PaRC library or check out the latest additions below:

Happy reading!


FREE WEBINAR 21 APRIL 2021, 12PM AEST: PLAY IN OUR SMART CITY FUTURE

PLA is proud to host a special webinar from the play space and planning sectors on the technical aspects of interactive play.

With continued technological advancements across the globe, there is a growing trend for cities to become smarter.

Lark Industries will feature in this interactive webinar alongside Hook Consulting as they delve into the world of interactive play.

Details and to register here


NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

As we move into the second quarter of the year, now is a good time for change! New positions are available including a Gardens Director at Hamilton City Council and ActiveXchange's National Account Executive and a Marketing and Events Executive roles. Hurry as all roles close 9 April.

Read more


UPCOMING EVENTS


  • 20 April 2021
    NSW/ACT Webinar: Playground safety standards update - what you need to know.

  • 20 April 2021
    QLD Webinar: Playground safety standards update - what you need to know.

  • 21 April 2021
    VIC/TAS Industry Talk: The Latest in Herbicide Usage Online Forum

  • 11 - 13 May 2021
    NSW/ACT/QLD Conference

  • 12 May 2021
    VIC/TAS Industry Talk: Establishment of a Women in Parks and Leisure Online Forum

  • 12 May 2021
    WA 2021 Awards of Excellence

  • 15 May 2021
    Industry Talk: Health and Wellbeing Hubs Online Forum

  • 2-3 June 2021
    VIC/TAS Region Conference

  • 3rd June 2021
    Vic/Tas Awards of Excellence Dinner

  • 12 - 15 September 2021
    Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference

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