Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

Pre-dinner drinks 6.30pm / Dinner 7pm - late


Join us to celebrate the best of the best of Australia's parks, sport and leisure industry, this is a night not to miss. Held in the Crown Ballroom and hosted by TV, radio and print journalist Basil Zempilas. Basil has been part of the Seven News team for 25 years, in which time his name has become synonymous with sport.

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2019 Award Finalists

David Aldous Young Professional of the Year

Jessica Volkanovski (NSW/ACT)

Aaron Bean (QLD)

Chelsea Bevitt (SA/NT)

Georgie Bevan (VIC/TAS)

Cassie Farquhar-Reid (WA)

Major Event of the Year

Springvale Snow Fest 2018 (VIC/TAS)

Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games (WA)

Park of the Year

Rowan Robinson Park, Kingscliff (NSW/ACT)

Graham Andrews Parkland Regeneration - Charleville (QLD)

Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub (SA/NT)

Djerring Linear Parks and Trail (VIC/TAS)

Busselton Foreshore Jetty Precinct (WA)

Community Based Initiative of the Year

Refugees Breaking Down Cultural Barriers (NSW/ACT)

Healthy & Active Moreton Club Support Initiative (QLD)

Fit For Life Membership Program (SA/NT)

Take Charge and Youth Take Charge (VIC/TAS)

Field of Light: Avenue of Honour (WA) - joint finalist

Stirling Tree Trail (WA) - joint finalist

Strategic Planning

Change the Game: The Glen Innes Severn Sports Plan (NSW/ACT)

Redlynch Sport and Recreation Parklands Masterplan (QLD)

Nhulunbuy Recreation, Open Space and Trail Plan (SA/NT)

Belgravia Leisure Access and Inclusion 5-year Plan (VIC/TAS)

Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan (WA)

Community Facility of the Year

The Calyx - Australia's Living Plant Gallery (NSW/ACT)

Highfields Sport & Recreation Park (QLD)

Changing the Game (SA/NT)

Selandra Community Hub (VIC/TAS)

Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre (WA)

Playspace (>$0.5M)

Singleton Riverside Park (NSW/ACT)

Kershaw Gardens (QLD)

Pelzer Park / Pityarilla Playspace (SA/NT)

Eaglehawk Regional Playspace (VIC/TAS) - joint finalist

Rebuilding the Eltham North Adventure Playground (VIC/TAS) - joint finalist

The Harbour Playground (WA)

Playspace (<$0.5M)

Lawson Reserve, Camden South (NSW/ACT)

Lions Park, Tamborine Mountain (QLD) - joint finalist

Bundaberg Botanic Gardens; Nature Based Playground (QLD) - joint finalist

Angus Neill Playspace (SA/NT)

Dendy Park South (VIC/TAS)

Newdegate Skate Park (WA)

Research Project

More quality green space needed for child health (NSW/ACT)

Sport Participation Research Project (VIC/TAS)

Managed Aquifer Recharge Project (WA)

Best Use of Technology

Branch Out Podcast (NSW/ACT)

Mobility & Scheduling Tool (QLD)

TurfSafe® - Risk Management System (SA/NT)

ParkConnect - Connecting Volunteers to Parks (VIC/TAS)

Installation of Biba Smart Park Technology (WA)

Best Region / Rural Industry Contribution Award

White Park Equine Undercover Arena, Scone (NSW/ACT)

Re-discovering Platypus Beach - The Transformation (QLD)

The Valleys Lifestyle Centre Community Impact (SA/NT)

Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Framework (VIC/TAS)

Beresford Foreshore Enhancement Project (WA)


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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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