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AUGUST Newsletter 


The last number of weeks have presented challenges for us all and I am proud of how our industry continues to adapt and remain flexible in the face of adversity.

With Spring just around the corner, we look ahead to the rescheduled National Conference. The team at National Office have worked tirelessly behind the scenes and I am happy to announce we will be reconnecting on the Park Bench, 22-25 November 2021 at Sydney Olympic Park.

All our regions have, over the past year or so, shown great resilience and strength in these ever changing times and I am grateful for their unwavering dedication.

Let's continue to be the envy of the world, with the most liveable cities in Australia, building the foundation for healthy communities and liveable towns and cities.

Stay safe and happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO


With PLA2021 now re-set and ready to go for 22-25 November, our magnificent line up of keynotes have been re-confirmed. We are grateful to all our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, members and delegates for their patience and understanding at this time. All previously purchased tickets have automatically been transferred to the new dates. As always, we are committed to keeping you safe and have our safety plan in place for PLA2021.

Full program
Keynote Speakers

Register now!


As we are now in the second month of the new financial year, now is a good time to allocate your professional development budget for the year ahead. Member benefits include eligibility to the Awards of Excellence, professional development, online events, Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal, discounts to conferences, events, seminars, and field days, access to local and international research, PaRC library and regular newsletters.

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 if you have any questions at all. We are here to help.


A friendly reminder that all Parks and Leisure Australia memberships renewals were due on 1 July 2021. Last week sent reminders to those who had not yet renewed their membership and kindly ask you to ensure this is now paid as soon as possible. To do so, simply click the 'Pay Now' link located at the bottom of your invoice and follow the prompts. Your renewal will help us to prepare for the year ahead!

Thank you again for your ongoing support to Parks and Leisure Australia.


We are pleased to announce the finalists of the prestigious PLA National Awards of Excellence! Finalists showcase the best of Australia's parks, sport and leisure industry and have been announced as region winners in various award categories at region events held across the country. All finalists are now in the running for the National title in each award category. Check out the finalists here.

Winners will be announced at the industry event of the year, the National Awards of Excellence Gala dinner on 24 November 2021 at the Waterview, Bicentennial Park, NSW. The evening will be will be hosted by friend of PLA, Costa Georgiadis and is proudly sponsored by Green Life Group.

Book now!


Parks and Leisure Australia is calling for nominations for the 2021 region council elections. Eligible candidates will be nominating for 21 positions across 5 region councils. Each Region Council has the following number of positions declared vacant:

  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory Region - 4 positions
  • Queensland Region - 4 positions
  • South Australia / Northern Territory Region - 4 positions
  • Victoria/Tasmania Region - 4 positions
  • Western Australia Region - 5 positions

Nominations close Monday 9 August 2021.


PLA has recently appointed Dr Chris Boulton as the National Coordinator - Green Flag Award. If you have an excellent greenspace that deserves national recognition for the excellence in service delivery, it's not too late to apply. The 2021 deadline for applications has been extended until 31 August 2021. The Green Flag Award scheme is a great initiative to celebrate the success of your excellent greenspaces and the staff that make them possible, as well as garnering independent peer-review and feedback on opportunities for improvement.

Apply now!

Applications close Tuesday 31 August 2021.


Research Connections, as featured in the Australasian Parks & Leisure Journal, is a great resource of abstracts of research projects for members. Do you have an abstract you'd like to submit for the next edition of the journal? We are looking for abstracts, in particular research relating to Events, Tourism and the Arts. Send your abstracts and enquiries to John Wood at

Call for abstracts close 31 August 2021.


Generate Network (AUS) is a launch pad for up and coming parks and recreation go-getters! If you or someone you know is just starting out in the industry or developing their career, find out more here.

Generate Network Australia is free to join and is Parks and Leisure Australia's commitment to the development of our young professionals and emerging leaders, proudly supported by Otium Planning Group, a Major Sponsor of Generate Network Australia.

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PLA's vison is for Australia to be the most liveable country in the world, renowned for its parks, sport and recreation facilities, providing the foundation for healthy communities and liveable towns and cities. Our members are engaged and passionate about our industry, which makes a difference in the quality of life for all Australians.

Do you have a good news story you would like us to share? Perhaps there is someone in your organisation who has worked on a project which has had a remarkable impact on the wellbeing of its community. We are looking for contributions so, send them to us at


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!


10 September - Vic/Tas Industry Talk (online) - The voices of children when planning for neighbourhoods

1 September QLD Design and Construction for Engineering in Australia: To DC or Not to DC?

22 November Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference #PLA2021



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