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October Newsletter 


Spring has certainly sprung and, as an industry we make it possible for communities to enjoy the outdoors and all the benefits it brings. Our parks provide great recreation for families, and I am happy to announce PLA is has partnered with GEO AR Games to make Magical Parks available across Australia and New Zealand. 

We continue our commitment to ensuring we support our members and I encourage you to stay connected as we roll out a webinar series as we lead up to the National Virtual Conference in November.

I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful time of year, however that may look for you in your part of the world.

Stay safe and happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO


We've announced the latest keynote additions to the updated program, and can't wait to bring everyone together on the Virtual Park Bench as we celebrate and educate our industry. Hear from our impressive line-up of international speakers who will be joining us live including Chris Nunes CPRE, Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, Texas USA and Andrew Leslie, CEO, Recreation Aotearoa New Zealand. Plus, the PLA2021 Virtual Conference app features a chat group, allowing you to network and connect with industry peers during and after sessions.

More information and register now


The Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal - Spring Edition is out 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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With the launch of the Virtual National Conference, now is the perfect time to save on your conference registration by becoming a member today!

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.


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

To find out who will win, tickets are available when you register for PLA2021 National Virtual Conference. Check out the finalists here.

Register now!


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-member can benefit from savings when they join PLA. See what's planned here.


With a mission is to create 200 Magical Parks across Australia and New Zealand, providing families of all backgrounds 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. With the release of a new Halloween Game for 2021, now is a great time to set up your Magical Park. Check out the new game here Magical Park Halloween 2021.

Full details here.

To apply contact us at


We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of John Wood, PLA Fellow and Life Member of both Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) and Outdoors Queensland. John was a giving, humble, and unassuming gentleman and a legend of the recreation, open space planning, and natural area management fraternity in Australia since the mid-1970s. John's passing is a great loss, and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and condolences are extended to his wife Arlene and family.

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With the closing of nominations on 31 August 2021, we've had a great response and judging is well underway. Judging will end 31 October 2021, and all winners will be announced 24 Nov at the PLA Awards of Excellence Gala Event.

Register here


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 vision 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!


6 Oct 2021 Irrigation Design for Australian Sport & Recreation Areas

7 Oct 2021 Resilient and Climate adaptive Cities

20 Oct 2021 Industry Talk - Developing and Managing Multipurpose Courts

17 November Industry Talk - Metropolitan Regional Parks: back on the agenda.

23 November Parks and Leisure Australia National VIRTUAL Conference #PLA2021

26 November National Awards of Excellence Gala event

18 February 2022 Vic/Tas Region Conference IN22



Rec People is looking for an Active Schools Administration Support Officer and an Active Schools Project Manager - apply now, both positions close 7 October.

Opportunities also exist with South East Leisure Pty Ltd who is looking for a General Manager Commercial & Community Partnerships and a General Manager Operations - both positions close 29 October

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