About the Conference

The 2019 Parks & Leisure Conference (#PLA2019) will focus on the importance of linking parks, open spaces and facilities to our health, well-being and sporting performance. This year's event will address the fundamental need for good policy, planning and provision of parks, open spaces and facilities.

In 2018, over 700 delegates and more than 100 exhibitors from across the globe attended our conference held in partnership with World Urban Parks in Melbourne. The International Parks and Leisure Congress [IPLC2018] explored how applying pressure on planners, managers and all levels of government to acknowledge and protect our open spaces is critical. Along with the need for better planning for our cities and towns by learning from the experiences of others and the importance of parks and public spaces to the lifestyles of our communities and the environmental significance they have particularly in densely populated areas.

IPLC2018 Melbourne Statement [Download]

The 2019 Parks & Leisure Conference (#PLA2019) will focus on the importance of linking parks, open spaces and facilities to our health, well-being and sporting performance. We encourage you to join us and share your innovations, widen your networks and participate in discussion to help shape the future.


The National Conference Executive Committee

  • John Senior (Conference Chair)
  • Mark Band (CEO)
  • Barbra Gaiotto (National Board 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, programs 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.

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What our Delegates are Saying

"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

Jacqui, Manager City Reserves, City of Albany (WA)

"I love to listen, learn, share and spend time with likeminded and inspirational colleagues who are transforming the world park by park, facility by facility, program by program. I am looking forward to seeing Kia Dowell and Katie Sarah. I love being inspired and challenged to make a difference and grow as a leader and contributor to our industry".

Carly, Team Leader Recreation Planning, City of Casey (VIC)

"It is important to keep abreast of latest industry trends, best practice case studies and the valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to hearing from Jack Kardys regarding the evolving role of parks - driving health, happiness and economic prosperity".

Matt, Manager Active Communities, City of Holdfast Bay

"I can't wait to meet new people and catch up with old friends at PLA2019. I haven't been to Perth for many years and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful parks"

Neil, Parks Planner, Parks Victoria

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