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20 Sep 2021 3:45 pm
We are proud that we can bring everyone together, to celebrate the National Awards of Excellence, with presentations to all winners. There is no charge to join this virtual gala event at 3pm-5pm on Friday 26 November and we encourage anyone involved in the industry to join us. We look forward to seeing you online, to celebrate the achievements of our incredible industry.

Register for the Awards of Excellence here 👉 https://bit.ly/3kcx6gj
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17 Sep 2021 11:43 am
We are incredibly excited to announce Chris Nunes CPRE, as our day 2 keynote speaker at PLA2021. Chris, who will be joining us live from the USA, is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, Texas and a recipient of numerous awards and accolades. We can't wait to connect with Chris for his incredible insight and knowledge.
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We look forward to connecting with you on the Virtual Park Bench - 23-24 November 2021. To see the full conference details and register 👉 https://bit.ly/3fRM6ys
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15 Sep 2021 8:26 pm
The PLA2021 Virtual Conference offers more than just an online event. It will provide an opportunity for you to get involved, connect with others, ask questions and learn. The Parks and Leisure Australia National Virtual Conference is open for registrations, click here 👉 https://bit.ly/3fRM6ys
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We look forward to connecting with you on the Virtual Park Bench - 23-24 November 2021. To see the full conference details and register 👉 https://bit.ly/3fRM6ys
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3 Sep 2021 3:16 pm
It’s here! Join us for our 23rd National Conference 23-24 November 2021, a virtual live event.

As we continue to evolve and adapt in a changing world, we know the importance parks and leisure have played in connecting our communities, families and friends. PLA2021 will continue the connection as come together on the VIRTUAL ‘Park Bench’.

We’ll explore new normalcies, evolvement and change, allowing us to celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forge connections without boundaries for the betterment of our industry and community.

Renowned leaders in their fields will present their insights on change and adaptability and challenge conventional thinking.
Speaker reveals include Andrew Leslie. Chief Executive, Recreation Aotearoa, Katherine Howard, Senior Consultant, Xyst, The Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water, South Australia, Peter Duncan AM, Director Duncan Advisory Services Pty Ltd., Tony McCormick, Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee, NSW Government, Vanessa Miles, Senior Consultant Psychologist, Transitioning Well, Robert Dalton, Acting CEO, Sport Australia, Sally Hamilton Director, Environment and Planning - Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

We can’t wait to connect with you on the VIRTUAL ‘Park Bench’.

Full details and register here https://bit.ly/3yakv11

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24 Aug 2021 1:41 pm
We’re going VIRTUAL!

That’s right. After planning, re-planning, waiting, watching and holding our breath, your health and safety has come first.

With the recent outbreak in NSW and across many States, we’re postponing the 2021 face-to-face conference.

So that we can continue to support you through this difficult period, we will be bringing the conference to you on the virtual ‘Park Bench’ on 23 and 24 November 2021.

The PLA2021 Virtual Conference will be a live event with keynotes, industry speaker sessions and networking opportunities. We are currently confirming the availability of our magnificent line-up of keynote and industry speakers and will announce the revised programme in the coming weeks.

The National Awards Ceremony will also be held at a virtual gala event with presentations to all winners now scheduled for Friday 26 November.

We are grateful to our amazing event partners, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who have worked tirelessly with us on this journey for a while now.

We hope you continue to support us and join your colleagues and friends on the virtual ‘Park Bench’ for the PLA2021 Virtual Conference.

More details will be available here https://bit.ly/3yakv11

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22 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Strategic Planning Award!

Our finalists demonstrated outstanding examples of strategic planning for parks, open space, sport, recreation and leisure which have enriched and revitalised a community.

And the finalists are …

*** @leisure VIC/TAS for Caulfield Racecourse Res. Sport & Rec'n Strategy
*** City of Busselton WA for Sport & Recreation Facilities Strategy 2020-30
*** Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects NSW/ACT for Waverley Inclusive Play Space Study

Checkout all Strategic Planning Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/37A2bn0.

Good luck to all finalists!

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21 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Research Award!

Our finalists used research which had been per reviewed and used within the parks and leisure industry.

And the finalists are …

***Hook Consulting WA for Park Design, Smart Cities and Technology
***National Ageing Research Institute, City of Whittlesea and Wyndham City Council joint entry VIC/TAS for The ENJOY Project
***The CityGreen Lab Pty Ltd QLD for A Better Approach to Providing Urban Greenspace
***University of Newcastle NSW/ACT for How Families Use Playgrounds in Regional Australia

Checkout all Research Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/3xzJZVm.

Good luck to all finalists!

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20 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Playspace Award (> $0.5m) Award!

Our finalists developed a playspace to delight and aid childhood development, enhancing the economic, environmental and social benefits to their region whilst exhibiting landscape and/or structural design innovation.

And the finalists are …

***Cessnock City Council and Moir Landscape Architecture Pty Ltd joint entry NSW/ACT for Bridges Hill Park Playspace
***City of Perth and Playce joint entry WA for Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny Playground
***Nillumbik Shire Council VIC/TAS for Diamond Creek Regional Playspace
***O2LA, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Playscape Creations joint entry QLD for The Mill Playground

Checkout all Playspace Award (> $0.5m) Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/2UdpX5q.

Good luck to all finalists!

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19 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Playspace Award (<$0.5m) Award!

Our finalists developed a playspace in accordance with their Local Government's Play Space Strategy and or Open Space Strategy and an asset management and replacement plan, contributing to the creation of a sense of 'place' for its local community.

And the finalists are …

***Mike Hewson NSW/ACT for St Peters Fences
***Monash City Council VIC/TAS for Wellesley Reserve Sensory Playground
***Town of Cambridge WA for City Beach Playground

Checkout all Playspace Award (<$0.5m) Award Finalists here .

Good luck to all finalists!

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18 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Park of the Year Award!

Our finalists demonstrated benefits to the ecosystem, best practice in planning, project management and delivery, and excellence in park design, activation, management, community engagement and resilience.

And the finalists are …

***City of Casey VIC/TAS FOR Livvi's Place at Edgebrook
***City of Stirling and Skate Sculpture joint entry WA for Bina Parkland
***Gladstone Ports Corporation QLD for Gladstone Ports Corporations East Shores Stage 1B
***The Barossa Council SA/NT for Choose your Adventure at Barossa Adventure Station
***Tweed Shire Council NSW/ACT for Knox Park Entry Plaza

Proudly sponsored by Green Life Group.

Checkout all Park of the Year Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/2XnptuH.

Good luck to all finalists!

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17 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing the finalist for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Major Event of The Year Award!

Our finalist demonstrated innovation and sustainability, bringing benefits to the community through community events.

And the finalist is …

***City of Port Phillip VIC/TAS for St Kilda Film Festival 2020

Checkout the Major Event of The Year Award Finalist here https://buff.ly/3xHiYiC

Good luck!

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16 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence David Aldous Young Professional of The Year Award!

Our finalists are under 30 years of age and recognised for their outstanding contributions either through study leading to a nationally recognised qualification or who has made a significant contribution to the parks and leisure industry.

And the finalists are …

***Emma Lowe NSW/ACT
***Hsar Ju VIC/TAS

Proudly sponsored by Otium Planning Group.

Checkout all David Aldous Young Professional of The Year Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/3xDp9o8.

Good luck to all finalists!

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15 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Community Facility of The Year Award!

Our finalists showed planning projects with good governance, project management and implementation, good asset management, value to the community, a reduction in the impact to the environment and promoted sound economic operation and inclusive practices.

And the finalists are …

***City of Burnside SA/NT for The Shed at Conyngham Street
***City of Parramatta Council NSW/ACT for Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk
***City of Swan WA for Beechboro Community Hub
***Monash City Council VIC/TAS for Oakleigh Recreation Centre Redevelopment

Proudly sponsored by Belgravia Leisure.

Checkout all Community Facility of The Year Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/2VFZSMF

Good luck to all finalists!

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14 Aug 2021 11:11 am
Announcing finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence Community Based Initiative of The Year Award!

Our finalists showed a new/different initiative to existing programs/events within the industry, best practice in planning and delivery of the initiative, the impact the initiative/s had on bringing the community together, celebrated access for all, equity and equality, and reduced the impact to the environment and promoted liveability.

And the finalists are …

***Bundaberg Regional Council QLD for Christmas on Bauble Street
***City of Melbourne and YMCA Victoria joint entry VIC/TAS for YMCA Skate Ambassadors X Skate Melbourne
***NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW/ACT for Festival of Place
***Dunsborough and Districts Progress Association, Nature Based Play and City of Busselton joint entry WA for Djiljit Mia Community Gathering Place Dunsborough

Checkout all Community Based Initiative of The Year Award Finalists here https://buff.ly/3AAyzT3

Good luck to all finalists!

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