2016 Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to our 2016 National Awards of Excellence recipients.  Winners were announced at the Awards of Excellnce gala dinner held at the iconic Adelaide Oval in Adelaide as part of the 2016 National Conference.


To check out the photos from the night  CLICK HERE


2016 Awards of Excellence Recipients

Events Award


FORM building a state of creativity WA

In April 2015, for the second year running, PUBLIC brought together a group of compelling creative practitioners to engage with and transform Western Australia, creating an open air exhibition space accessible to all. Artists worked to revitalise Perth's neighbourhoods before journeying onward into some of WA's most evocative regional landscapes.

Inclusive and Connected Communities Award

Pride Cup

Yarra Ranges Council VIC

Pride Cup is inspiring a cultural transformation across sport and recreation for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) people by making sport more welcoming and inclusive.

Pride Cup is a unique event as few sports locally, nationally and internationally have tackled homophobia in sport, yet a little country football netball club took on the challenge with gusto. Yarra Glenn Football Netball Club launched the Inaugural Pride Cup in 2014. The Pride Cup presents a unique opportunity to advance the social justice movement for LGBTI people in football and netball in Yarra Ranges.


Leisure and/or Open Space: Planning Award

Planning for Sport and Open Space in New Release Areas

Blacktown City Council NSW

As Blacktown City continues to grow, so too does the demand for sporting facilities. With an additional 130,000+ residents to move into the north of our city, planning frameworks and benchmarks have been established with the aim of ensuring adequate open space - including sporting facilities.

Leisure Facilities: Development Award

Orion Lagoon

Vee Design and Ipswich City Council QLD

Orion Lagoon precinct was designed for all ages and abilities with a range of depths and activity zones including a 1.5m lap area, beach entry and terraced seating in the main lagoon, a shallow depth sculpture pool, and playful ripples and steppers in the flowing stream.

Parks and Open Space: Development Award

East Shores - Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct

Gladstone Ports Corporation QLD

Gladstone Ports Corporation’s East Shores Precinct is an exciting destination showcasing the Gladstone harbour and it’s maritime history. With a focus on providing quality social infrastructure and connecting the community with its harbour GPC, and funding partner Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, transformed an urban street to a world-class waterfront precinct.

Playspace: major ($0.5M+) Award

Valley Reserve Adventure Playspace

Monash City Council and Playce Pty Ltd VIC

The Valley Reserve Adventure Playspace has been developed with a high level of innovation. The space is now a high profile and vibrant major 'all ages' play space in the hidden gem of Valley Reserve, which is a natural bushland setting. This is the first ever 'SPARC in the Park'.


Playspace: minor (<$0.5M) Award

Russell Brown Adventure Park

Town of Mosman Park / Rotary Club of Mosman Park / Mosman Park Community Men's Shed WA

The Russell Brown Adventure Park nestled within the shade trees at Minim Cove in Mosman Park is a nature play space like no other. What was once unutilised land is now a thriving 2,400 square metre nature adventure park with water play, tree rope swings, cubby house making, log balance, sound sensory play and so much more. This unique project was created by a unique community collaboration of the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, Mosman Park Community Men's Shed, Town of Mosman Park and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls. Commercially valued at $480,000 to build - the actual community build cost was just $60,000 including the planning and equipment hire.

Research Project Award

Active Logan Participation Study

Logan City Council QLD

Logan City Council commissioned research to assess sport, recreation and physical activity participation levels across residents in the City. The findings will inform priority areas and aspirational participation targets outlined within Council's 15 year Active Logan Strategy. This strategy will ensure infrastructure and programs meet community needs and increase participation.

Use of Technology Award

Connect Warrnambool - Changing the way clubs and community connect

Warrnambool City Council VIC

“CONNECT Warrnambool is a community hub that’s the first of its kind in Australia. And while it has an address, it’s a meeting place without walls or doors.”  CONNECT Warrnambool showcases innovation in online communication to provide a unique platform to connect clubs and individuals with each other in the community.

David Aldous Student of the Year Award

Isaac Middle

Curtin University WA

Isaac’s doctoral studies and teaching in urban and regional planning, Curtin University, Perth, are driving the importance of parks and leisure research into professional courses and into the awareness of future practitioners whose decisions will have a fundamental impact on the future quality and impact of parks in our society.

Emerging Leader of the Year Award

Tilman Lowe

Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports WA

Tilman’s pursuit of excellence began in senior high school when he became part of the Clontarf Foundation, the Follow the Dream program run by the Polly Farmer Foundation and the Indigenous Youth Leadership & Mentorship Program run by the Northern Territory Government Education Department (the program is now know as IMPACT).

After moving to WA Tilman gained employment with Nyoongar Wellbeing & Sports and after 4 years became a Senior Sports Development Officer which has given him a greater role, more responsibility and a  chance to take charge of his own projects.

Tilaman believes ‘Hard work and determination is key to success. It's what defines us as individuals. It's what helps create ideals and values. I wouldn't be the leader I am today without the effort I put into achieve. My achievements help define me and are a part of me.’

The 2017 Awards of Excellence open in January DON’T MISS OUT