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PLA has provided me a wealth of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other open space and recreation professionals eager to share their knowledge and has also allowed me to share my ideas in a cooperative and safe environment.

Louise, Consultant

It's important to keep up with new technology and techniques in managing Parks & Open Spaces and hear from industry leading operators about how we can do things more environmentally friendly and effectively. I also enjoy the networking and meeting people from the different organisations. It keeps me fresh and motivated to improve things.

Jason, Manager, Hume City Council

I have found the seminars and conferences run by PLA have provided a vehicle to create friendships and professional affiliations amongst the membership from as close as the adjoining council to as far away as interstate and overseas.

Fiona, Advisor, Office of Sport

PLA has provided me a wealth of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other open space and recreation professionals eager to share their knowledge and has also allowed me to share my ideas in a cooperative and safe environment.

Louise, Consultant


It's important to keep up with new technology and techniques in managing Parks & Open Spaces and hearing from industry leading operators about how we can do things more environmentally friendly and effectively. I also enjoy the networking and meeting people from the different organisations. It keeps me fresh and motivated to improve things.

Jason, Manager, Hume City Council

I have found the seminars and conferences run by PLA have provided a vehicle to create friendships and professional affiliations amongst the membership from as close as the adjoining council to as far away as interstate and overseas.

Fiona, Advisor, Office of Sport

2018 National Award Winners

  • Playspace Award (>$0.5M)
  • Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands, NSW/ACT
  • The Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden
  • Major Event of the Year
  • Cumberland Council, NSW/ACT
  • Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
  • North Sydney Council
  • Park of the Year Award NSW/ACT
  • Coal Loader Platform

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13 Nov 2019 6:08 pm

World's first Smart Barbecue with GoACCESS Platform launched today. Australia's leading outdoor barbecue manufacturer, Christie Barbecues has announced their strategic partnership with Smartsensor Technologies, a leading internet of things technology company.

12 Nov 2019 4:10 am

The Parks and Leisure Australia Annual Report 2018-19 and Financial Report 2018-19 were tabled at our Annual General Meeting on 28 October 2019. PLA is a complex beast with tentacles across Australia all underpinned by the support of our members who give their time and expertise to help build and sustain the organisation

12 Nov 2019 3:00 am

Sport Australia partnership to enhance community health and well-being (Published 12/11/19). Parks and Leisure Australia and Sport Australia have launched a strategic partnership, united by a goal to enhance community health and wellbeing through sport and physical activity. Sport Australia Chief Executive Kate Palmer and PLA President Paul Jane signed a partnership agreement at the PLA National Conference in Perth last month that will, in the future, expand into a memorandum of understanding on the peak body and Federal agency's shared areas of interest.

11 Nov 2019 1:10 pm
In the four years of the First World War more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades. Today we observe one minute’s silence, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.... https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance-day.

1 Nov 2019 11:47 am
Congratulations to our International #Green #Flag #Award winners: 🎖Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council 🎖 Parramatta Park Trust 🎖City of Sydney 🎖Centennial Parklands 🎖Western Downs Regional Council 🎖Campbelltown City Council (SA) 🎖City of Greater Bendigo 🎖City Parklands More than 500 guests' came together at the PLA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner, Crown Perth Tuesday night to celebrate. "To be presented with a Green Flag Award is recognition that the award recipient has achieved a benchmark standard of recreational outdoor spaces across Australia.... https://www.parksleisure.com.au/news/latest/2019-international-green-flag-award-winners-announced-at-pla2019

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