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21 Apr 2021 8:50 pm
There's room for everyone on the Park Bench! Get together with your peers to collaborate and share ideas at the 2021 PLA Conference. Register here 👉 https://bit.ly/3fRM6ys
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20 Apr 2021 6:08 pm
Time is running out! The Parks & Leisure Conference (#PLA2021) call for abstracts closes this Friday 23 April. #PLA2021 will focus on connecting communities, families and friends and, with the theme of 'The Park Bench', we are looking forward to everyone reconnecting at PLA2021.

We are looking for speakers who are current, fresh and on top of their game to contribute to the program through sharing innovations and participating in discussions to help shape the future of the parks and leisure industry.

Details and to submit your abstract https://buff.ly/3gBDw7F

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19 Apr 2021 6:08 pm
Playspaces are a key part of the Parks and Leisure industry, contributing to the creation of a sense of "place'' for local communities, aiding childhood development and exercise for all age ranges.

Current national sponsor @larkindustries introduces Sisu Fitness - fully adjustable weight training for outdoors. Fitness enthusiasts and athletes have access to fully adjustable weights for outdoor strength training. Full details https://buff.ly/3snelYy.

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14 Apr 2021 8:48 pm
Who's looking forward to heading to Sydney for PLA2021? Sydney really is the perfect host city for our conference! We’ve packed a lot in and you’ll be spoilt for choice with so much see and do every day and night from Sunday through to Wednesday. Don't forget to check out the tech tours here https://bit.ly/329mo0p. And if you have time, you can also visit the Sydney Opera House, take a dip at Bondi beach, or go for dinner at Darling Harbour 🌞.
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See the venue details and book your tickets today > https://bit.ly/3fRM6ys
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9 Apr 2021 10:05 pm
Fancy seeing into the future? At the PLA Conference this year you’ll find out not only about the current state of play, but also where our exciting industry is headed. Join us on The Park Bench this September!
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Find out more and register 👉 https://bit.ly/31WB2bl
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12-15 September 2021, Sydney Olympic Park 🌱
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8 Apr 2021 1:12 pm
As technology continues to advance across the globe, there is a growing trend for cities to become smarter. This includes having wifi hotspots and technology integration in public spaces including parks.

These technologies, and the data they gather, provide the platform for new forms of urban analysis as well as the production of more efficient spaces. While there may be questions and reservations about integrating technology into public spaces, there is no doubt this trend will continue to grow.

In this online event, we will delve into not only the basics but also the more technical aspects of interactive play and explore and answer a range of commonly asked questions.

WHEN: Wednesday 21 April 2021, 12.00pm AEST
Register https://buff.ly/3wj5oCE

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7 Apr 2021 1:36 pm
We’re excited to announce one of Australia's most successful Olympic champions Cathy Freeman OAM will be joining us this year for the 2021 Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference (PLA2021), ‘The Park Bench – Reconnecting Communities’.

Cathy was the first female Australian Aboriginal to win a gold medal at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. She was awarded Young Australian of the Year in 1991 and a year later in Barcelona became the first Australian Aboriginal to represent Australia at an Olympic Games. Two years later Cathy won gold in both the 200m and 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, and at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 a silver medal - and personal best - in the 400m. She was crowned World Champion at the World Athletic Championships the following year, was awarded Australian of the year in 1998, and was again World Champion in 1999.

Cathy’s greatest achievement was at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where she was the first competing athlete to be invited to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony; she then went on to win the gold medal in the 400m, realising a life-long dream.

With the 21st anniversary of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games coinciding with PLA2021, join us on The Park Bench’ as we celebrate and hear from Cathy.
Full details and to register https://bit.ly/3mmMczg.

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25 Mar 2021 5:18 pm
The 2021 Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference (PLA2021), ‘The Park Bench – Reconnecting Communities’ is now open!

Now in its 23rd year, our conference will address how vital our industry has been in connecting communities, families, and friends over the last year.

As it has been a couple of years since we came together face-to-face, the 'Park Bench' is a fitting metaphor for everyone to reconnect at PLA2021, so we invite you to join us in Sydney, NSW and share your stories and experiences of the last two years as we address the physical, social, environment and economic benefits which lay ahead.

World-renowned leaders in their fields will present insightful new ideas and fresh perspectives which challenge conventional thinking. You'll be exposed to the latest industry knowledge and explore the new world we live in.

Speaker reveals include Jade Hameister AO, Young Adventurer of the Year, Katherine Howard, Senior Consultant, Xyst and
Costa Georgiadis Official, Landscape Architect and ABC host.

Full details and to register https://bit.ly/39cp15z

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24 Mar 2021 7:27 pm
The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) are asking industry to confirm whether low enrolment numbers on the following courses are an indication of lack of industry need, OR whether there may be reasons for keeping the relevant skill in the formal training system despite low enrolment numbers.

• AHC40516- Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens
• AHC50716- Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
• AHCPGD205- Prepare a grave site
• AHCPGD503- Manage parks and reserves
• AHCPGD504- Develop and implement a streetscape management plan

Skills Impact is seeking your advice on several training components (qualifications and units of competency) that are proposed for deletion from the training system because of no/low enrolments.
Skills Impact has developed a webpage with surveys to gather your advice on these proposed deletions.

Please provide your advice by COB 15 April 2021 https://bit.ly/2PiAo4O.

23 Mar 2021 8:30 pm
With just days remaining for you to enter your nomination for the Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence, make sure you play your part in recognising the work of 'The People Behind the Places'.

Remember, entries close MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 26 MARCH. Full details https://bit.ly/3tvtoAc

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19 Mar 2021 9:05 pm
You still have time to enter your nomination for the Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence. With thirteen categories to choose from, including the new 2021 ‘PIVOT’ award, this is your opportunity to recognise the achievements and outstanding work of individuals and teams in your workplace.

Finalists will be announced at events held across the country in May and June and national winners at the prestigious Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner to be held at Sydney Olympic Park, New south Wales, 14 September 2021.

Categories
Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award
David Aldous Young Professional of the Year Award
Major Event of the Year Award
Community Based Initiative of the Year Award
Strategic Planning Award
Community Facility of the Year Award
Park of the Year Award
Playspace (<$500k) Award
Playspace (> $500k) Award
Best Regional / Rural Industry Contribution Award
Research Award
Best Use of Technology Award
"PIVOT" Award (NEW - 2021 only)

Hurry entries close MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 26 MARCH. Full details https://bit.ly/3tvtoAc

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15 Mar 2021 7:41 pm
Our friends at Therapeutic Horticulture Australia is currently undertaking a nation-wide research project funded by the University of Queensland to map people engaging in horticultural therapy and therapeutic horticulture across Australia.

You are invited to take part in their survey https://bit.ly/3tjJ2i5.

Therapeutic Horticulture Australia's aim is to map ALL therapeutic horticulture practices, services, products and research in Australia. Therapeutic Horticulture Australia will use this information to further articulate an Australian approach to Therapeutic Horticulture internationally and help drive an agenda for Therapeutic Horticulture in Australia moving forward (including training, research and of course accreditation). Therapeutic Horticulture will communicate all results later in the year on their soon to be relaunched THA website www.tha.org.au.

Hurry, survey closes 31 March!

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