PLA National Office
207 The Parade
Norwood, SA 5067
Ph: +61 8 8332 0130

September Newsletter 


For many of us, this has been a year of planning, re-planning, waiting and watching as events have unfolded across the country. The recent outbreak in NSW and across many States has meant that we have had to postpone our face-to-face conference once again. Our commitment to ensuring we support our members through this difficult period is a priority and so we are bringing the conference to you as a virtual 2-day event on 23 and 24 November 2021. Once again, the team at National Office have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this possible and I look forward to connecting with you on the virtual 'Park Bench'.

Now that spring has sprung, let's look forward to fresh approaches starting with our series of webinars and online events to keep our members connected and, as an industry, continuing to serve our communities.

Thank you everyone for all you do.

Stay safe and happy reading.

Mark Band, CEO


We recently announced we will be bringing the National Conference to you on the virtual 'Park Bench'. Now in its 23rd year, our Virtual Conference will be held 23-24 November 2021 and will be a live event which explores new ways of working and how we are adapting to change, allowing us to celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forge connections without boundaries for the betterment of our industry and community. Registrations are now open and keynotes announced.

More information and register now!


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.


When did you last check your membership account? If you're unsure whether your membership has expired or if you have an outstanding invoice, you can quickly check via the link below. You can pay using our secure online payment system or give our friendly team a call.

Check your membership here


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-members can benefit from savings when they join PLA. Series starts 10 September.

Check out the series here!


Last month, we hosted a webinar with GEO A.R on digital playgrounds as an inexpensive solution to get families back to their local parks in a way that is motivating and educating and, at the same transforming a normal, everyday urban city park into a digital fantasy land playground via the use of an app.
The webinar now available to members via the link below. If you're not a member yet, then join now to watch the webinar.

Watch webinar now!


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.

City of Casey is this month's good news story on how Melbourne City Football Club is moving to their new home at Casey Fields. The facility itself has Stage 1 completed with Stage 2 under construction and Stage 3 to follow.

Read the full story here.

Do you have a good news story you would like us to share?  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

  • 23 November - Parks and Leisure Australia National VIRTUAL Conference #PLA2021



City of Rockingham is looking for a Parks Technical Officer. Apply now, applications close 9 September.

Do you or your organisation have a vacancy to fill? Advertise on our website and you'll gain access to top industry talent and recruit the right people for your organisation. You can also promote tender opportunities and advertising is free for members!

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