About the Conference

Theme: Reconnecting Communities

As we continue to evolve and adapt in a changing world, we know the importance parks and leisure have played in connecting our communities, families and friends. PLA2021 will continue the connection as we come together on the VIRTUAL 'Park Bench'. The PLA2021 Virtual Conference is a live event which explores new ways of working and how we are adapting to change, allowing us to celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forge connections without boundaries for the betterment of our industry and community.


The National Conference Executive Committee
John Senior (Conference Chair)
Mark Band (CEO)
Barbra Gaiotto (National Board representative)
Fiona Tucker (NSW Representative)

About PLA

Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) has been in existence in various forms since 1926 and is the peak body for professionals working in the parks and leisure industry in Australia. As the national peak body for the 'people behind the places,' we promote the good use of leisure time through provision of quality places, programmes and services.

Our vision is for Australia to be the most liveable country in the world, renowned for its parks, sport and recreation facilities that provide the foundation for healthy communities and liveable towns and cities.

PLA membership includes professionals from community and urban planning; parks management, environment and conservation; sport and physical activity and tourism and the arts. PLA supports and partners with a number of organisations and individuals in the development of evidence-based research to highlight the importance of the Industry. It also works closely with the private sector to support growth and development of quality products and services that enhance opportunities and lifestyle of all Australians.

For more information or to join click here or contact Alex at membership@parksleisure.com.au

Confirmed keynotes include

Andrew Leslie

CEO, Recreation Aotearoa

Katherine Howard

Senior Consultant, Xyst

Sally Hamilton

Director, Environment and Planning, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Vanessa Miles

Senior Consultant, Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Robert Dalton

Acting CEO, Sport Australia

Tony McCormick

Director, McCormick Associates Design Pty Ltd

Peter Duncan AM

Director, Duncan Advisory Services Pty Ltd

Honourable David Speirs, MP

Minister for Environment and Water, South Australia

Chris Nunes, CPRE

Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas

Registration & Booking

Key Dates

Registration flat fee

Until 8 September

Program Launch

Mid June

PLA 2021

12-15 September

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