About the Conference

Creating a sustainable legacy

PLA2020 will address how communities can benefit from high-performance facilities, events and spaces long after they've occurred or been built. Using the success of the Sydney Olympic Park (SOP), home of the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics and one of Australia's largest urban renewal projects and a model of international good practice, this year's theme will look at the social, environmental and economic benefits of good multi use planning and design and the legacy we leave on our communities.

We invite leaders from across the globe to share their experience in legacy planning, renewal and development and share your projects and initiatives with our members and the industry. Submissions will open soon for presentations, workshops and panel discussions.


The National Conference Executive Committee

  • John Senior (Conference Chair)
  • Mark Band (CEO)
  • Barbra Gaiotto (National Board representative)
  • Fiona Tucker (NSW Representative)
  • Fiona McColl (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.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts Opens 16 March

Call for Abstracts

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open

16 March

Early Bird Open

16 March

Call for Abstracts Close

29 April

Program Launch

Late May

Early Bird Close

5 July

PLA 2020

11-14 October


Registrations open 16 March

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