2020 Program

Program Day 1 - Monday 26 October 2020 (all times are EDST)

9.00 AM EDST START TIME, all state times listed below

6.00 am WA

8.00 am QLD

8.30 am SA, NT

9.00 am VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT


3.00 PM EDST START TIME, all state times listed below

12 noon WA

2.00 pm QLD

2.30 pm SA, NT

3.00 pm VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT

9.00am - 10.00am

Keynote Presentation

Richard Louv, Journalist and Author

PLANET HOPE: Species Loneliness, Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Future of Life on Earth

10.00am - 10.15am

Networking/visit expo

10.15am - 10.45am

Parks and Gardens

CJ Noble, CEO Canadian Parks & Recreation Association

Canada's recovery from the impact of COVID-19

10.45am -11.00am

Networking/visit expo

11.00am - 11.30am

Sport & Physical Activity

Associate Professor Ruth Jeanes (Monash University) and Professor Dawn Penney (Edith Cowan University)

Understanding and supporting informal sport participation: Initial findings from research in Victoria and Western Australia


Conference morning close

3.00pm - 4.00pm

Keynote Presentation

Bishop Ngobeli, Conservation Manager, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Lessons learnt through the devastating COVID-19 impact in our Green industry in South Africa.

4.00pm - 4.15pm

Networking/visit expo

4.15pm - 4.45pm

Tourism & Events

Leonie King, Team Leader Festival and Events, City of Great Dandenong

Scenario Planning for Community Events

4.45pm - 5.00pm

Networking/visit expo

5.00pm - 5.30pm

Keynote Presentation

Mayor Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana

Pandemic response in a city under urban transformation


Conference afternoon close

Program Day 2 - Tuesday 27 October 2020 (all times are AEST)

9.00am - 10.00am

Keynote Presentation

Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District

Smoke and Fire and Pandemic, Oh My!

10.00am - 10.15am

Networking/visit expo

10.15am - 10.45am

Parks and Gardens

Barbara Champion, Executive Director, Play Australia

Play Today: Supporting Australian children to play outside every day

10.45am - 11.00am

Networking/visit expo

11.00am - 11.30am

Keynote Presentation

Juliet Haslam, Director J5 Consulting

Gold Medal Ready Program

11.30am - 12.00pm

Sports Panel Session with Juliet Haslam, Michele Timms and Louise Sauvage


Conference morning close

3.00pm - 3.30pm

Parks and Gardens

Jason Tyndall, General Manager, Nature Play SA

#ItsBetterOutside Campaign

3.30pm - 3.45pm

Networking/visit expo

3.45pm - 4.15pm

Community & Urban Planning

Pazit Levinger, Associate Professor - Senior Researcher, National Ageing Research Institute

Adapting the historic and traditional build & siting of play spaces/ fitness equipment pods to also suite the needs of older adults

4.15pm - 4.30pm

Networking/visit expo

4.30pm - 5.00pm

Dr Jeff Walkley, CEO - Belgravia Foundation

Mental Health eLearning Program for Australian and New Zealand Leisure & Sport Sectors
5.00pm Conference afternoon close

5.45pm Annual General Meeting - Register here

Key Dates

Early Bird Open

26 August

Program Launch

23 September

Early Bird Close

30 September

PLA 2020

26-27 October

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