PLA QLD 2021 Award Winners Announcement

Each year, Parks and Leisure Australia acknowledges excellence in our industry through its prestigious Awards of Excellence.

The Awards of Excellence recognise and showcase the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of 'the people behind the places' which promote and enhance opportunities for the good use of leisure time for a number of social, environmental, and economic benefits to the community.

Congratulations to our 2021 winners for the Queensland Region, announced at last week's Awards Ceremony as part of our joint Regional Conference and Awards event with NSW/ACT.

QLD Award recipients are now our National Finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence .to be announced at our National Conference Gala Dinner in Sydney on 14 September 2021.


Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution Award

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Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright was one of twenty events held as part of Bundaberg Regional Council's innovative 12 days of Christmas program. Bundaberg Botanic Gardens was transformed into an enchanted wonderland, bringing thousands of people together safely to lift spirits and address social and economic issues exacerbated by recent disasters.



Best Use of Technology - Highly Commended

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KOMPAN Cardio Application

KOMPAN's innovative suite of outdoor cardio equipment is affordable, fit for purpose, high-quality, and provides value for money. The range includes ground-breaking technology advancements that enable users to connect to third-party fitness applications and allows users to interchange between 10 resistance levels via the KOMPAN Cardio application or optional touchscreens.



Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

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Christmas on Bauble Street

Christmas on Bauble Street was one of five events held as part of Bundaberg Regional Council's innovative 12 days of Christmas program. Bourbong Street was transformed into a wonderland that culminated in a unique outdoor dining experience inside giant, glittering baubles. It brought people together in a beautiful, underutilised park.



Community Facility of the Year Award

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No Award of Excellence given as the judging panel determined no nominations met conditions of this award.


David Aldous Young Professional of the Year Award

No nominations received.


Major Event of the Year Award

No nominations received.


Park of the Year Award

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Gladstone Ports Corporations East Shores Stage 1B

With a continued focus on providing the community with connectivity to the harbour and high-quality social infrastructure, GPC has continued to transform the Flinders Parade area from an industrial precinct to a state-of-the-art recreational hub with the opening of East Shores Stage 1B in August 2020.


Park of the Year - Highly Commended

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The Mill Regional Parkland

The Mill Parklands is a regional parkland. The parkland design endeavours to draw-in users to connect to the site's history and natural amenity and embraces future innovation through its use of smart technologies and flexible planning and design responses. It includes an oval and water and adventure playgrounds.



Playspace Award (<$0.5M)

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No Award of Excellence given as the judging panel determined no nominations met conditions of this award.


Playspace Award (>$0.5M)

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The Mill Playground

The Mill Playground features custom designed adventure and water play spaces. Spaces have been carefully designed to include universal access, non-prescribed junior play and multiple level adventure exploration. The combination of water and adventure play provides a unique opportunity for children of all ages to explore the limits of play.



Research Award

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A Better Approach to Providing Urban Greenspace

Empirically-led PhD research examining approaches to urban greenspace provision - specifically parks. Comparative case studies of two fast-growing, mid-sized cities in Australia and Canada reveal insider perspectives and inform seven key principles for practitioners. Simple conceptual models communicate identified factors and their complex relationships to broad and diverse audiences.



Strategic Planning Award

No nominations received.

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