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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 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

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  • Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
  • North Sydney Council
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14 Jun 2019 10:30 pm
With over 2500km of off road tracks, the Wellington Region is a trail users paradise. Sarah Murray from the Wellington Trails Group writes about Finding Your Wild! Like all good stories, it began with an awakening.....Read the full article in the AP&L Journal Winter edition out 17th June! #outdoor #trails #wellington #newzealand https://buff.ly/30pIvgQ

14 Jun 2019 10:00 pm

A region characterised by hills, harbours, native bush, rugged wild coastlines and nature on its doorstep, Wellington has a vast trail network running all through it. But until recently the network's potential was unrealised. Like all good stories, it began with an awakening.....

12 Jun 2019 10:30 pm
Scott Martin of the River Heritage Conservancy, USA talks about the challenges and opportunities in the USA. Urban population growth, the impact of climate change, ever-sprawling suburbs, changing sports/ outdoor recreation interests, diverse demands from visitors, invasive plant and animal pressure, and the challenge of maintaining aging infrastructure, Read the full article in the AP&L Journal digital edition out June 17.... https://buff.ly/30pIvgQ

12 Jun 2019 3:28 pm
Don't miss out - applications close today for @generatenetwork Executive Committee members. @generatenetwork is looking for one rep. in each state & territory. https://buff.ly/2WiprSu . Sponsored by @otiumplanning #parks #leisure #professionals.

12 Jun 2019 9:00 am

I left Australia blown away by the energy, passion, and enthusiasm exemplified by the Australian parks and recreation community. The future of livable urban communities is in Australia and New Zealand because your teams are making it happen. You are flat out killing it

10 Jun 2019 11:11 am
The AP&L Journal digital edition is out June 17. Read Lois A Bower's article how researchers in Hong Kong measured the frailty of 4000 participants aged 65 or more years, as well as the amount of greenspace/vegetation around their residences, then followed up two years later... https://buff.ly/30pIvgQ

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