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22 May 2020 11:51 am
Thank you to the 400+ who joined us today. What an inspirational industry leader - @mitchell_silver is. Top 3 things he's learnt in this crisis: 1. The value of parks & green space 2. Importance of good design 3. Its vital we collaborate to develop better and safer public spaces

22 May 2020 11:34 am
Thank you @mitchell_silver @newyorkparks commissioner for joining us today for our first masterclass. #parks #gardens #openspace #COVID19 #SocialDistanacing #donttakeparksforgranted #criticalinfrastructure #Mentalhealth #wellbeing

21 May 2020 4:15 pm
Thanks to our national partners Syngenta Australia for their ongoing support of PLA.


We know that even when the world seems to stop, turf management doesn’t. From all the team at Syngenta Turf & Landscape, thank you for supporting your community by continuing to maintain Australia and New Zealand’s fantastic playing surfaces and green spaces.
18 May 2020 5:33 pm
We asked our National Partner Lark Industries CEO Harri Makela about the challenges he's faced during COVID-19. TOP 3 CHALLENGES: 1. How to stay relevant during isolation; 2. How to cater for everyone's outdoor recreation needs; and 3. The ongoing effects of a changing climate. Watch to find out what he's looking forward to the most post restructions...

18 May 2020 1:47 pm
Don't forget NY Parks Commissioner, @mitchell_silver is hosting our first masterclass - Friday 22 May 9.00am AEST. Register: https://lnkd.in/gyYHb_6 @NYCParks @recaotearoa @WUParks @AsianLeisureBiz @ParksVictoria @anzalsonline @CentParklands @plavictas @pla_wa @PLAQueensland

12 May 2020 1:46 pm
We asked Nick Cox CEO, Belgravia Leisure and a valued national partner 'What are the top 5 lessons you have learnt during COVID-19.' Nick talks about resilience, the need for speed, the test on his business, and how it has impacted him personally. Quote: "Its not the big fish that gets the small fish, its the fast fish that gets the slow one"

11 May 2020 4:19 pm
Don't miss out on our first Masterclass presented by New York Parks Commissioner, @mitchell_silver. COVID-19 has altered our social connections and physical relationships. 22 May, 9.00am AEST. https://www.parksleisure.com.au/tools/events/details?SECT=events&ID=18758

7 May 2020 2:42 pm
If you haven't already, make sure you check out the latest results from Sport Australia's AusPlay data including: ⚽️ New national, state/territory and sport data tables. ⚽️ Year-on-year comparison of selected measures across 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 ⚽️ New data based on AusPlay’s 85,000+ cumulative sample to date (October 2015 to December 2019) ⚽️ A Story of Sport and Physical Activity Participation by Life Stage ⚽️Sport and Physical Activity and the Health Guidelines ⚽️ Individual digital reports for the most popular sports and physical activities and more! ….https://www.parksleisure.com.au/news/latest/aus-play-data-results

7 May 2020 10:03 am

Edith Cowan University is seeking a PhD candidate to undertake research with an established Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project team, investigating informal sport as a health and social resource for young people. The ARC project is designed to support government, sport and health agencies....

7 May 2020 5:16 am

What role has public space played during COVID-19? What lessons can be learned about the value of parks and public spaces? How will COVID-19 impact the use of public space in the future? Tune in to listen how New York City and other American cities have dealt with managing parks and public spaces during the global pandemic.....

7 May 2020 3:40 am

Today Sport Australia has released its latest results from AusPlay. This release covers data collected in the last calendar year (January to December 2019), that is, before COVID-19 started in Australia*, and includes....

6 May 2020 11:51 am
It is with great excitement that we welcome our newest national sponsor Lark Industries. Mark Band, CEO, said "We are delighted to welcome Lark Industries on board as a national sponsor and are looking forward to working with Managing Director, Harri Makela and his team over the next two years and beyond...… https://www.parksleisure.com.au/news/latest/lark-industries-partnership-announcement







1 May 2020 7:47 pm
Thank you to our national partner Syngenta Australia for supporting such an important cause. #parks #recreation #community


Communities, colleagues and customers have experienced unprecedented hardship over many years, and we have seen first-hand the impact bushfires and now COVID-19 have had on communities across the country. We are proud to support Foodbank Australia's efforts to provide food security to Australians who need it most. We hope our $100,000 donation to Foodbank Australia goes some way to supporting communities who have been doing it tough. Foodbank’s regional food sourcing program also helps to support local communities in crisis by partnering with food manufacturers based in rural and regional Australia. Through Foodbank’s partnerships, communities that rely on their local food and grocery manufacturers for employment are protected and local economies are stimulated. Together with Foodbank we aim to do what we can to make a positive difference and help Australians during these difficult times. Read more about it: https://www.syngenta.com.au/press-release/syngenta/crisis-recovery-efforts-across-australia-given-100000-boost-syngentas
30 Apr 2020 5:32 pm

It is with great excitement that we welcome our new National Sponsor Lark Industries. Mark Band, CEO, PLA said "We are delighted to welcome Lark Industries as a national sponsor and are looking forward to working with Managing Director, Harri Makela and his team over the next two years and beyond."

20 Apr 2020 2:55 pm
Time is running out to enter the 2020 Parks and Leisure Australia #Awards of #Excellence. Congratulations to our 2019 winners announced at the Crown Perth Ballroom last October: 🏆 Kristin Jackson - Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award 🏆 Cassie Farquhar-Reid - David Aldous Young Professional of the Year Award 🏆 Best Regional/Rual Industry Contribution Award - Mackay Regional Council 🏆 Best Use of Technology Award - Parks Victoria 🏆 Community Based Initiative Award - FORM building a state of creativity 🏆 Community Facility of the year Award - Centennial Parklands and The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney 🏆 Major Event of the Year - City of Mandurah and Western Australia Police Force 🏆 Park of the Year - Aspect Studios, Level Crossing Removal Project, Lend Lease, CPB, Cox Architects 🏆 Playspace Award (<$0.5M) - Nature Play Solutions, Skate Sculpture and Shire of Lake Grace 🏆 Playspace Award (> $0.5M) - City of Greater Bendigo 🏆 Research Award - UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia 🏆 Strategic Planning Award - Belgravia Leisure Hurry - nominations close midnight Friday 24th April https://www.parksleisure.com.au/awards/awards-of-excellence/

14 Apr 2020 6:41 pm
The Tasmanian state government has extended the Local Government Loan Scheme from $50 million to $150 million to ensure a steady supply of “screw-driver and paint-brush ready projects” during the Covid-19 crisis …. https://lnkd.in/ffmFyhy


The Tasmanian state government has extended the Local Government Loan Scheme from $50 million to $150 million to o ensure a steady supply of “screw-driver and paint-brush ready projects” during the Covid-19 crisis. The measure was one of several contained in a social and economic support package...
8 Apr 2020 3:18 pm
We are very sad to learn of the recent passing of David Vial who had been suffering from an illness these past 15 months. David had been a strong, passionate advocate of the parks industry with over forty years' experience in the parks and recreation industry - including the public sector, private sector, and academia https://www.parksleisure.com.au/news/latest/vale-david-vial

8 Apr 2020 12:45 pm

It was indeed sad news when our industry learnt of the recent passing of David Vial who had been suffering from an illness these past 15 months. David had been a strong, passionate advocate of the parks industry with over forty years' experience in the parks and recreation industry - including the public sector, private sector, and academia.

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