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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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30 Oct 2020 7:54 pm
The National Awards of Excellence winners have officially been crowned for 2020. It was great to see so many of you online at our first ever virtual awards event!
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THE 2020 WINNERS: ๐Ÿฅ‡
๐Ÿ”ธ Best regional/rural industry contribution award - City of Busselton - Local Government
๐Ÿ”ธ Best use of technology - ActiveXchange
๐Ÿ”ธ Community based initiative of the year - Town of Victoria Park, West Coast Eagles & Wirrpanda Foundation
๐Ÿ”ธ Community facility of the year - City of Rockingham โ€“ Local Government & PLACE Laboratory
๐Ÿ”ธ Major event of the year - Coffs Harbour City Council
๐Ÿ”ธ David Aldous young professional of the year - Stephanie McCallum
๐Ÿ”ธ Park of the year - Rounsefell Design & Western Downs Regional Council
๐Ÿ”ธ Playspace award (<$0.5m) - City of Melville
๐Ÿ”ธ Playspace award (> $0.5m) - Shire of Broome
๐Ÿ”ธ Research award - The CityGreen Lab
๐Ÿ”ธ Strategic planning award - Parramatta Park Trust

28 Oct 2020 4:44 pm
With our Awards of Excellence going fully virtual this year, we know how important technological innovations are to the community. Let's take a look at our finalists for the Best Use of Technology Award:

๐ŸŒ Sports Site Planning Tool - Logan City Council
๐ŸŒ User Pay Dimmable Floodlight System - Industrial Automation Group and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
๐ŸŒ Australiaโ€™s National Infrastructure Database - ActiveXchange
๐ŸŒ Connected Cities - Campbelltown City Council (SA) and City of Prospect

The winner will be announced at the National Awards of Excellence Virtual Event on Friday 30 October, proudly sponsored by GLG GreenLife Group.

Tickets are FREE, just register for your spot here ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2RU5rSD

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