25 Sep 2020 11:24 am
It's that time of year again where we celebrate excellence in our industry. Over the next month we'll be acknowledging and celebrating award category finalists as we gear up for our first-ever virtual awards of excellence event.

Today we're celebrating the finalists for the National Playspace of the Year (> $0.5M) Award. Best of luck to this years finalists:

πŸ† Hornsby Shire Council - Waitara Park Inclusive Playspace
πŸ† Moreton Bay Regional Council - The Hills District All Abilities Playground
πŸ† City Of Charles Sturt - Reinvented MJ McInerny Reserve
πŸ† City of Greater Bendigo - Strathdale Park Play Space
πŸ† Shire of Broome - Townbeach Foreshore Redevelopment

The winner will be announced at the National Awards of Excellence Virtual Event on Friday 30 October proudly sponsored by GLG Greenlife Group.

Tickets are only $45 per person. Grab yours before they sell out πŸ‘‡

18 Sep 2020 2:28 pm

All members are advised that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Parks and Leisure Australia will be held on Tuesday 27 th October, 5.45pm EST. Due to gathering restrictions, this year the AGM will be held virtually. More details to be released prior together with an Agenda, Annual Report and link to register for the meeting.

18 Sep 2020 12:50 pm
We loved seeing the media attention devoted to Paralympic great Louise Sauvage this week to mark 20 years since the #Sydney2000 Olympics. You won't want to miss our Olympic Panel Discussion featuring Louise at the upcoming #PLA2020 Virtual Conference.
18 Sep 2020 12:40 pm
We loved seeing the media attention devoted to Australian Paralympic great Louise Sauvage this week as we mark 20 years since the #Sydney2000 Olympics. You won't want to miss Louise as part of our Olympic Panel Discussion at the upcoming #PLA2020 Virtual Conference.

Register for this year's 2020 Parks and Leisure Australia National Virtual Conference before Sept 23 to take advantage of discounted early bird pricing.

Full Conference, 1-Day and Single Session passes available. Discounts for Group Bookings.…/confere…/registration/

Twenty years after her own race win at the Sydney Games, wheelchair athlete great Louise Sauvage has not gone far from the Olympic precinct, coaching young hopefuls to follow in her tracks.
2 Sep 2020 5:47 pm
Our vision is to be a leader and champion for gender equity in the Australian parks and leisure sector.

We know actions speak louder than words so we've developed the Parks & Leisure Australia Gender Equity Charter which includes measurable targets to help track our progress towards achieving and maintaining a genuinely gender equitable organisation.

Click below to read more πŸ‘‡

1 Sep 2020 7:04 pm
The Parks & Leisure Australia National Conference is back for another year, only this time we're going virtual! Exploring the theme of Change & Adaptability, it is fitting that this year's conference will become a virtual event.

This year's program will cover the confronting and unprecedented times that have challenged us to meet completely new demands and be even more creative in the facilities and programs we deliver, focusing on how our profession has responded through learning and initiatives.

Taking place 26 & 27 October, PLA2020 once again brings together the best of the parks, sport and leisure industries from across Australia and abroad to learn from, and network with each other.

Our internationally renowned panel of guest speakers will present insightful new ideas and fresh perspectives that challenge conventional thinking across:

βœ… Sport & Physical Activity
βœ… Tourism & Events
βœ… Parks & Gardens
βœ… Planning & Play

By taking this year's conference online we are thrilled to offer Australia's leading industry event for Parks & Leisure professionals at a fraction of the cost and with fewer travel hassles.

Join hundreds of industry professionals from the comfort of your workplace or home. This is the ideal opportunity to re-connect and engage with like-minded people, keep our industry alive with fresh ideas, and actively participate in your own personal development during incredibly challenging times.

Register before 23 Sept and save up to $240 on group bookings!

10 Aug 2020 4:38 pm
[FREE WEBINAR] πŸ’» Be informed like never before! In March this year, ActiveXchange established The National Infrastructure Database to provide the industry with access to relevant information about current and planned infrastructure within an area to facilitate informed decision making. The database already holds more than 16,000 sport, fitness and aquatic venues, with more added every day.
In this webinar you will hear from industry experts as they discuss;

➀ The features and benefits of the National Infrastructure Database
➀ The proposal for Parks & Leisure Australia to lead the development and management of the database
➀ Roles of key partners and stakeholders
➀ Next steps to facilitate the continued rollout and development of the database
➀ Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

πŸ“† When: Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 4pm AEST
Secure your spot here

About The Speakers:

➀ Simon Haire, Director of ActiveXchange, holds over 20 years’ experience in the sport and leisure industry and has always identified opportunities for positive change. Working with local and state government, sporting organisations and within the community, Simon’s strategic leadership has been pivotal.

➀ Alex Burrows, Founder of ActiveXchange, has had outstanding experience across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for over 12 years, implementing success in how sport, leisure and fitness industries use data to invest toward community and infrastructure.

➀ Mark Band, CEO of Parks and Leisure Australia, holds the important responsibility for the national peak professional body for parks and leisure professionals in Australia, focusing on projects within industry that integrates strategic planning, analysis, master planning, and performance management of the sector.

22 Jul 2020 6:44 pm
[THURSDAY 23 JULY // 12PM] πŸ–₯ Join the online conversation with Lark Industries when they host an interactive virtual discussion with a panel of landscape industry professionals. The panel will discuss and explore the subjective and highly interpretive topic of Nature Play.

REGISTER HERE πŸ‘‰ and interact via Q&A to promote healthy discussion and share new perspectives surrounding the way #NaturePlay can be approached.

Meet the Panel:
➀ Jerry de Gryse (Moderator) - Director Inspiring Place Tas
➀ Amanda Balmer - Director WAX Design
➀ Brendan Papworth - Director Papworth Davies Landscape Architects
➀ David Hatherly - Director Vee Design
➀ Ric McConaghy - Director Ric McConaghy Playspaces

1 Jul 2020 1:32 pm
Well that’s just a Great Big Green Wrap!

Wow, what can we say? The take up for the Going Green Campaign was truly astonishing and we thank every single one of you that got involved and paid tribute to our Parks and their People.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our amazing partner GLG Greenlife Group that got behind this from the beginning and also our good friends in New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Mitchell Silver for starting this campaign, and our colleagues World Urban Parks for promoting it globally.

Finally, thank you to Australia for going Green and THANK YOU to our parks and park workers for keeping us connected and healthy every day of the year.

Watch this space for future initiatives linked to this campaign and #GoGreenForParks

From all the staff, Executive Officers, Regional Councils and Board of PLA, Thank you and that's a wrap (for now) πŸ˜‰

1 Jul 2020 1:12 pm

Tonight's the last night of #GoGreenForParks

Iconic and civic spaces and places across Perth have been going GREEN in honour of our parks and the people that keep them looking their best. These places and spaces have kept us physically and mentally active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

πŸ’š Optus Stadium
πŸ’š Matagarup Bridge
πŸ’š City of South Perth
πŸ’š Yagan Square
πŸ’š Elizabeth Quay
πŸ’š The Bell Tower, Perth WA
πŸ’š City Of Perth Council House
πŸ’š Trafalgar Bridge , Perth

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29 Jun 2020 6:40 pm
One day to go to get this country glowing Green!! Tonight, iconic sports grounds will be lit including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Adelaide Oval, Sydney Olympic Park and Optus Stadium along with many more spaces and places across the country!

Tomorrow is β€˜wear Green Day’ so come on Australia, let's click it up a few notches and see out the financial year with a great big Green Bang!!

And a special thanks to our wonderful national partner and supporter of Going Green Week, GLG GreenLife Group! Thank you to Troy and his Team for everything they do in supporting PLA, and keeping our places and spaces Green throughout the year!!

#GoGreenForParks #GoingGreenForParkies

29 Jun 2020 6:24 pm
Thank You Lisa! πŸ’š

Meet Lisa, the caretaker of Hammond Park.

Lisa has worked at the park for 3 years, and a total of 7 years with CKB starting on the mowing team, progressing through to the street scape team, before landing her dream job.

Being born into horticulture, Lisa realised her love for the outdoors, and her passion of animals at a young age.

Lisa takes care of a variety of different animals at the park, from kangaroos, emus, a range of native birds as well as some introduced species.

β€œI love welcoming the community into the park, I love the excitement of the kids showing their mums and dads the animals.”

Lisa is responsible for the domestic duties like the bathrooms, litter, bbqs, gardens and general maintenance of the park and most importantly feeding the animals.

Furthering her studies in horticulture with CKB, Lisa says the highlight of her career was spending 32 weeks at Perth Zoo being trained to be a Zookeeper ready to bring her skills back to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

β€œI’m really grateful for CKB, I believe have the best job in Kalgoorlie.”

Thank you for keeping our park beautiful and our animals happy ready for our community Lisa!

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#GoGreenForParks #GoingGreenforParkies
29 Jun 2020 2:34 pm
Just wonderful! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

SOUND ON! Check out some fantastic footage of Elizabeth Quay this week going GREEN for Parks πŸ’šπŸŒ³ #GoGreenForParks
Elizabeth Quay πŸ‘πŸ‘
26 Jun 2020 7:24 pm
Thank you KOMPAN Australia and thank you for the great playspaces you provide in many of our parks and open spaces. 😊

Thank you to all of the #Australian #Parkies, for maintaining our green open spaces. These spaces help to keep our communities active, healthy and connected.

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26 Jun 2020 11:28 am
Beautiful Bussleton! Thank you so much πŸ’š

All week we have been lighting up the Busselton Foreshore and the City Administration Building green to say thanks to our Parks and Gardens crew!

During COVID-19 we were lucky enough to still be able to get out and about and enjoy our parks within the community. They help us to remain active, healthy and connected with nature.

We have an amazing crew here at the City, and can't thank them enough for the great job they do!

#GoGreenforParks #GoingGreenforParkies 23rd - 30th June
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