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With the start of the national roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine and the news of international flights returning, the future is looking great for everyone and our industry.

We surveyed our members on their thoughts about attending this year's National Conference on 12-15 September 2021 and we were encouraged to hear that they are looking forward to it as well as catching-up face-to-face. Our National Conference will be a hybrid of virtual and physical ensuring that no one will miss out. We plan to launch very soon so keep an eye out for announcements.

Last week, we ran a live, virtual information session for our Awards of Excellence program with some very useful tips. If you missed out on this, we've made this available to you on our website.

And as we enter the autumn months, our parks and open spaces begin their transformation into an array of orange and red colours. I hope you all take the time to get some fresh air while exploring enjoy your local park during Parks Week which kicks-off this Saturday.

Stay safe and happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO


The Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal - Autumn Edition is now featuring what's going on across Australia and New Zealand in community and urban planning. Not a member, no problem join today and you can check out this edition and past editions online.

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AP&L Journal


The Awards of Excellence nominations are in full swing and last week we held an interactive Awards Information Session which proved valuable to everyone preparing their applications. If you were unable to attend don't worry as you can access the information session here.  We encourage you to take the time to watch the video before submitting your application. Got a question? Check out our FAQs here.

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Will your peers pick you? You can now submit your Expression of Interest to be part of the PLA Awards of Excellence 2021 Judging Panel. Industry peers will select this year's panel with judging taking place in April. The judging panel is voluntary with judges will be awarded CPD points. Judging will include reading of submissions online and a deliberation meeting with your fellow judges for your category.

More information and to complete an Expression of Interest here.

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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:


Parks Week kicks off this week 6 March! Spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing and we encouraged you to get out and enjoy your favourite park. Check out the events coming up here.

By using and celebrating your local park, you are helping us to protect them for future generations.

Do you have an event you want to promote? There is still time to add it so head to the Parks Week website here.

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We want to thank you all for your continued investment with Parks and Leisure Australia. Without your loyalty and support, we would not be able to continuously provide our members with valuable benefits and actively develop our community and the parks and leisure industry.

We hope you've been able to personally benefit from your membership with Parks and Leisure Australia! Renewals will be sent out in late May for the 2021/2022 Membership period so now is the perfect opportunity to review the staff on your membership and arrange purchase orders. It's a good idea to renew early, so contact us today and we'll be happy to arrange this for you. Your early renewal will help us plan for next year's programming.

Contact our Membership team today on (08) 8332 0130 or email us at

We would love to hear from you!

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Looking for a change in 2021? You might be surprised to know there are several positions currently available. Buloke Shire Council (Victoria) is looking for a Recreation and Facilities Project Officer, East Gippsland Shire Council is looking for a Recreation Facilities Planner plus many more.



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