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December Newsletter 


With the National Virtual Conference and Awards of Excellence behind us, we are already planning for next year's National Conference in Melbourne. We're looking forward to being able to see you again in person so, make sure you save the date 16-19 October 2022.

As this will be the final newsletter for the year, we hope you take the time to celebrate your successes and endless hard work, making our industry proud as we continue to serve our communities.

Looking ahead to 2022, there will be a lot going on including Parks Week 2022, region conferences and, we will shortly be opening the next round for nominations for the 2022 Awards of Excellence.

Enjoy the rest of the year and stay safe.

Happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO


Well, that's a wrap for another year! We welcomed 300 professionals from across Australia and overseas who attended the 2021 Parks and Leisure Australia National Virtual Conference, The Park Bench, Reconnecting Communities 23-24 November 2021. Huge thank you to our generous and supportive Principal Conference Sponsor, GreenLife Group and our Keynote Sponsor, Syngenta. We are very grateful to have your ongoing support.

Check out the video highlights from both days.

Day One Highlights

Day Two Highlights


Winners for the prestigious PLA National Awards of Excellence were announced at PLA National Awards of Excellence Virtual Gala event on Friday 26 November.

You can see the full rundown of winners here.

Join us next year when we will be in Melbourne for the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner on 18 October 2022. Save the date and look out for registrations opening announcement early 2022.


We were delighted to announce the 2021 Australian Green Flag Award Winners at the  PLA National Awards of Excellence Virtual Gala event on Friday 26 November.

Seven winners from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia were announced. View the winners here

Chris Boulton - Green Flag Award Co-ordinator for Australia said:

"It's great to see some of our favourite parks and green spaces in Australia receiving international recognition and benefiting from the Award. The criteria aligns nicely with our agenda of tackling climate change, reducing environmental impact and working more closely with communities - and is why we think it's so beneficial to park managers."

Read the full press release here


Magical Parks License Giveaway Winners

The winners drawn were:
Mark Taylor from Liverpool Council
Simone Bonella from Frankston City Council
Rebecca Tappert from The Barossa Council

Congratulations to all our winners!

Full Registration Competition for PLA2022

The winner of the challenge to visit a minimum of five virtual exhibitor booths during the National Virtual Conference was Matt Gordon from Cessnock City Council. Matt has won a full conference registration for next year.


Membership of Parks and Leisure Australia is important for our industry, and we take every care to provide valuable benefits to all our members. So that we can continue to provide the best service to our members, we have updated the PLA Membership Terms and Conditions. The change is the addition of a new section, section 9 Membership Benefits. You can read the updated Terms and Conditions here.

If you have any enquiries about the terms and conditions, please contact our Memberships Officer at

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.


You can now apply online for the Certified Parks and Leisure Professional program, simply complete the form and your application will be assessed by our friendly team.

Why sign-up for the program? The Certified Parks and Leisure Professional (CPLP) qualification is the only Australian national benchmark for industry professionals.

To be eligible for the CPLP program you must be a member of PLA.

Full details and to apply here


We are proud to announce entries for Parks Week 2022 is now open! Park Week is a time to celebrate the vital role parks play in our communities and will focus on the how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing

We are inviting entries for events which can range from a variety of programs, event and digital experiences or even special themed days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy our parks and open spaces.

Find out more here

Do you have an event? Upload your event here


A world-class recreation and aquatic facility planned for south Perth will bring a community closer to health and wellbeing. For over 30 years, the City of South Perth community has raised concerns about the lack of local access to aquatic and recreation facilities. With no public pool and existing indoor sport facilities no longer fit for purpose, the City of South Perth is proposing a world-class health, wellness, fitness, recreation and education hub located at Collier Park Golf Course in Como.

Read full article here.

You can read more articles like this and about the Parks and Leisure Industry when you subscribe to the Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal. Not yet a subscriber to the Journal? No problem, join today and you can check out the latest edition and past editions online. 

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With the continually changing world we live in; Parks and Leisure Australia is pivoting to bring you an exciting program of webinars and online events for the remainder of the year. All webinars are free to members; non-members can benefit from savings when they join PLA. Earn CPD point when you attend a webinar, full details here.

See what's planned here


With the launch of Parks Week 5-13 March 2022, now is a great time to get in touch and prepare your park and open space for this exciting time.

Magical Parks provides families the opportunity to enjoy their local parks in a fun and unique way. Parks and Leisure Australia, supported by GEO AR Games (developers of Magical Park) is looking to partner with local parks and Councils to make this a reality.

Get in touch now, full details here.

To apply contact us at


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.

Read more


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.

Waratah Wynyard Council and Circular Head Council are this month's good news story on working together to improve health and outcomes for its residents.

Read the full story here.

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!


8 December 2021 Pests in Our Greenspaces - Winning the Battle with Fire Ants

9 December 2021 Around our PLAce: A greener play future

9 December 2021 Around our PLAce: Pests, diseases and biosecurity; how the Royal Botanic Gardens is at the frontline of surveillance

18 February 2022 Vic/Tas Region Conference IN22

10 May 2022 NSWACT 2022 Region Conference

17 May 2022 QLD 2022 Region Conference

9 June 2022 VIC/TAS 2022 Region Conference



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