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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

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  • 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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24 May 2019 11:30 am
Day three of the NSW/ACT State conference kicks off in Queanbeyan this morning. For those attending, we are sure you are looking forward to hearing from the inspirational Keynote Dr Ihi Heke followed by multiple sessions across two streams Places & Spaces/ Events, Programs & Services. https://buff.ly/2PN4ycw


The 2019 NSW/ACT Conference, Solid Foundations > Vibrant Futures, will showcase the best of NSW and the ACT. Together with our Conference partners the Office of Sport and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, we will deliver a conference program that includes two streams; Places & Spaces and Events,...
24 May 2019 11:08 am
Congratulations to our NSW/ACT award winners announced last night at the gala dinner sponsored by @GlgGreenlife . National winners will be announced at #PLA2019, 29 Oct, @Crown Perth. https://www.parksleisure.com.au/awards/winners/nsw-act-winners #parks #leisure #Australia #NSW #ACT
24 May 2019 10:48 am
Congratulations to our NSW/ACT region award winners Upper Hunter Shire Council, The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Tweed Shire Council, Cumberland Council Sydney, Belgravia Leisure, Camden Council, Singleton Council, UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia, Tweed Shire Council, Glen Innes Severn Council, Simon Leisure Consulting and Design Instincts Landscape Architects. Jessica Volkanovski was awarded the David Aldous Young Professional of the Year Award High commendations were awarded to Football NSW, YMCA NSW, Bendigo Bank, Willoughby City Council, Coffs Harbour City Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Blacktown City Council and and Fiona Robbe Landscape Architects. Winners were announced last night at the NSW/ACT Awards Dinner held at the National Arboretum Canberra sponsored by GreenLife Group. Finalists now enter the national round with winners announced at the Awards of Excellence gala dinner, 29th October, Crown Perth https://www.parksleisure.com.au/awards/winners/nsw-act-winners #parks #leisure #awards #excellence

23 May 2019 10:00 am
Day two of our NSW/ACT State conference kicks off this morning with former Olympic athlete and business woman Jane Flemming starting the day followed by ACT Young Australian of the Year Zack Bryers. After a series of presentations and technical tours the day concludes with the NSW/ACT Awards of Excellence at The National Arboretum, Canberra


The 2019 NSW/ACT Conference, Solid Foundations > Vibrant Futures, will showcase the best of NSW and the ACT. Together with our Conference partners the Office of Sport and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, we will deliver a conference program that includes two streams; Places & Spaces and Events,...
22 May 2019 9:30 am
Day one of our NSW/ACT State Conference kick off this afternoon with technical tours to the National Arboretum in Canberra and the Queanbeyan CBD/ Riverfront Redevelopment. Followed by this evenings Welcome Function at the Q Theater. To those attending, we hope you enjoy the day.


The 2019 NSW/ACT Conference, Solid Foundations > Vibrant Futures, will showcase the best of NSW and the ACT. Together with our Conference partners the Office of Sport and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, we will deliver a conference program that includes two streams; Places & Spaces and Events,...
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