Greg Maddock Grant

Greg Maddock was a long time supporter of PLA and is a former Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award winner. The grant was launched in 2011 to recognise the significant personal and professional contribution that Greg made to the industry over many years.

The grant is designed to support a member to improve and expand their knowledge, and deliver best practice services to our communities.The Greg Maddock Memorial Grant is a yearly grant up to the value of $2,500. The grant is in support of the professional development and growth of a member working in the parks and leisure industry.

Some examples of possible uses of the grant include:

  • Financing research for a particular topic;
  • Subsidising costs associated with attending a conference;
  • Undertaking an observational tour; and/or
  • Enrolling in an industry course, or similar.

Applications for the 2020 grant open in July 2019. More information available soon.

Current Recipients

Alister Clark, City of Hobart

Alister will be attending the International Trails Symposium in Syracuse NY in late April early May 2019. The biennial Symposium is the only international gathering of trail enthusiasts and professionals representing all types of trail users.

Following the Symposium he plans to visit key tracks and trails (Mountain Bike, Walking, Multi-use, All access, Fire trails etc.), view construction context and methods, and meet relevant experts in Canada and the USA.

Susan Hecker, City of Whittlesea

Inspired by the recent World Urban Parks Congress held in Melbourne Susan is looking for new ways of thinking about the planning, activation and sustainability of parks by collaborating with and learning from practitioners both inside and outside of the parks and leisure industry.

She will travel to France and Belgium and meet with a range of professionals who program and manage their parks to address the challenge of population growth and a changing climate. She will also attend the Nature of Cities Summit in Paris to further expand strategic thinking for the future of our Cities' parks.

Past Recipients


Timothy D'Agostino, Landscape Architect, ASPECT Studios

Tim undertook a study tour to Europe in September 2017 to investigate the development of female and young people inclusive public spaces.


Chris Munro, Recreation Strategic Projects, Officer,Mornington Shire Council

Chris undertook a study tour to Europe in March 2015 to investigate the use of ICT in parks management.


Cormac McCarthy, Open Space Coordinator, Maroondah City Council

Cormac undertook a study tour of the United Kingdom. He meet with peak parks and leisure associations in England, Scotland and Wales to investigate their function and how they work together to further the industry

[view article in the AP&L Journal Spring 2014]


Wendy Holland, Director, Communityvibe

Wendy traveled to Arizona, USA to attend an International Trials Symposium and also visited trails in Arizona and met with leaders in the trails field

[view article in the AP&L Journal Spring 2013]


Jason Summers, Manager of Parks and Open Space, City of Hume

Jason attended the International society of Arboriculture Conference in Toronto, Canada and visited a number of US cities to review the latest advances in green infrastructure and urban forestry programs.

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