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We work towards developing and supporting the Parks & Leisure sector by providing a wide array of member benefits

Benefits

Our members are diverse, with individual needs, priorities and desired levels of support.

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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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25 Mar 2019 11:30 pm
It is wonderful to see so many members jumping on board and taking advantage of our new categories. Our new corporate memberships mean more people can take advantage of the terrific benefits available. With a host of conferences, events and seminars kicking off next month, make sure your membership is up to date so you are eligible for the super savings - https://www.parksleisure.com.au/news/latest/membership-update-march-2018 #parks #leisure #australia #membership

25 Mar 2019 1:26 pm
The AP&L Autumn Journal is out now. In this edition, find out why green spaces in cities [are] under threat, discover the best urban parks in Canada, take a walk around Rangitoto Island, find out who the 2018 Green Flag awards winners are. You will also read about last year's International Parks and Leisure Congress [IPLC2018] held in Melbourne attracting more than 700 parks and leisure professionals from around the world Read online: https://most0010010.expert.services/news/journal #australiasian #parks #leisure #journal published in collaboration with Recreation Aotearoa

22 Mar 2019 5:00 pm
2019 Awards of Excellence -Call for Judges

We are looking for industry professionals to join our Awards of Excellence judging panel

Are you interested in being exposed to some of the best projects and initiatives in the Australian parks and leisure industry? Our panel is comprised of PLA members and other industry experts who undertake judging of nominations from across the country for our 11 award categories. Judges are provided with clear guidelines and all judging is conducted on-line system. Regional judging commences in May 2019.

22 Mar 2019 3:58 pm
Professor Marilyn Fleer, Monash University unveils an Australian-first investigation into how ‘play-based’ education can deliver essential cognitive and learning outcomes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in STEM https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/science-and-engineering-childs-play,-but-vital-for-australias-future
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