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may Newsletter 


Thank you to everyone who made a submission for abstracts for the National Conference PLA2021. We are looking forward to announcing the final program for 'The Park Bench, Reconnecting Communities' in June.

With recent events in Sydney, rest assured we are committed to keeping you safe and have a Covid-19 plan for PLA2021. As always, remaining flexible and adaptable is key to our industry.

Stay safe and happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO


Parks and Leisure Australia is delighted landscaping architect, Costa Georgiadis will be joining us once again as MC for our prestigious Awards of Excellence gala ceremony on 15 September 2021.

Activity is ramping-up as this year's Technical Tours are planned with an extra tour to be announced. And we are overwhelmed with how fast the Trade Expo is filling!

With 30 June approaching now is 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


The benefits of being a member of PLA 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.

Not a member? Now is a good time to join and maximise end of year budgets. 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.


Following the testing of our invoicing system on Friday 7 May, members received a membership renewal invoice earlier than scheduled. Thank you to our members who have paid their invoice.

If you have not had a chance to pay your invoice, please do not worry as we will be re-issuing membership invoices next week as part of our scheduled invoicing process.



Announcing the upcoming launch of the PaRC library!

With the help of industry, we were able to further develop the database and create a more user-friendly interface. Members will have access to a database of parks, open space, and leisure resources, helping further develop industry knowledge.

Hear from Dr Geoff Edwards, Secretary to the Trustees of the Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation Trust Fund - Education, Parks and Leisure Australia.

Launch date is 19 May 2021, 11:30am AEST.

COST: Free



More sports grounds? More playgrounds? Want more change? Less? The 2021 Liveability Census aims to give everyone a chance to have their say in the future of our neighbourhoods.

PLA is supporting this national research project and encourages you to participate and share with your community networks.

Full details


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!


This year's congress 27 May, will be online and feature highlights of the 2021 Green Pavlova conference, held in New Zealand and incorporating the World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Congress, helping to shape the future of our industry.

More information.


Looking for a change? New positions are available including a Senior Project Officer, Trees and Landscapes with the National Capital Authority and a Unit Manager Parks & City Forest with the City of Whittlesea. Hurry as all roles next week.

Read more


  • 11 May 2021 NSW/ACT/QLD Conference 2021 - Coffs Harbour
  • 12 May 2021 WA 2021 Awards of Excellence
  • 12 May 2021 VIC/TAS Industry Talk - a series of monthly online forums. Forum 3: Establishment of a Women in Parks and Leisure Forum
  • 19 May 2021 PLA Webinar: Official Launch of the Parks and Recreation Collection websites
  • 21 May 2021 SA/NT Regional Conference: Achieving Excellence in Recreation, Sport and Open Spaces in the Northern Territory
  • 2 June 2021 VIC/TAS Region Conference - Melbourne
  • 3 June 2021 VIC/TAS UMS Awards of Excellence Event
  • 15 June 2021 VIC/TAS Industry Talk - a series of monthly online forums. Forum 4: Health and Wellbeing Hubs
  • 12 September 2021 Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference #PLA2021


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