Day 1 - Sunday 27 October 2019


Welcome Reception

Welcome - Shaun Nannup

HON Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport & Recreation

Crown Metropol Poolside

Day 2 - Monday 28 October 2019


MC - Narelda Jacobs

Official Open

Paul Jane, President, Parks & Leisure Australia


Kia Dowell, Commissioner, WA Tourism/ Executive Director, Indigenous Business Australia


Mayor Erion Veliaj, Tirana, Albania


Morning Tea and Expo


Lunch & Expo

PLA Annual General Meeting

1.30pm - 2.00pm

Afternoon Tea & Expo

3.40pm - 4.10 pm

4.10pm - 4.40pm
4.40pm - 5.10pm
5.15pm - 6.15pm

Drinks & Networking

Day 3 - Tuesday 29 October 2019


Morning Welcome


Jack Kardys, Chairman National Recreation and Parks Association, USA


Katie Sarah - Mountaineer, Pioneer & Volunteer


Morning Tea & Expo

11.25am -11.55am

Lunch & Expo

1.05pm -1.35pm
1.35pm - 2.05pm
2.05pm 2.35pm
2.40pm - 3.10pm

Afternoon Tea & Expo

3.10pm - 4.10pm

Panel Discussion

4.15pm - 4.30pm

2020 Destination Announcement

Kate Palmer, CEO Sport Australia
6.30pm - 7.00pm

Pre Dinner Drinks - Grand Ballroom Foyer

7.00pm - Late

Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner - Grand Ballroom

MC - Basil Zempilas

Technical Tours Day 4 - Wednesday 30 October 2019

Technical Tour 1

Wednesday 30 October, 9.30am-12.30pm

Developing a sense of place - the story of Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay and City Projects

This tour will take in the precincts of Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay and City Projects. Hear from the City of Perth and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority on the redevelopment and place activation providing a sense of community connection, place and destination.

Transport: Bus/Walking Tour

Technical Tour 2

Wednesday 30 October, 9.30am-1.30pm (bus to drop off at the airport if necessary)

Surfside! Scarborough Beach and City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club Facilities and Precincts

Surf clubs provide wonderful community and cultural benefits. Join us and explore Scarborough Beach and City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club facilities and surrounding precincts. Hear from those involved in the design and activation and see the facilities including the club, health and fitness, pool, skatepark and playspaces.

Transport: Bus

Technical Tour 3

Sunday 27 October, 1.30pm-4.30pm and Wednesday 30 October, 9.30am-12.30pm

Optus Stadium

Optus Stadium - Expect the Unexpected.

Optus Stadium is transforming the way fans experience major sport and entertainment events. Every design decision for the $1.46 billion, multi-purpose, 60,000-seat Optus Stadium is about achieving a singular vision "an unsurpassed visitor experience every time, every event". The stadium's innovative design, a collaboration between HASSELL, Cox and HKS, feels distinctly local, with architecture and landscaping that reflect the state's proud sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage.

Transport: Walking Tour

Technical Tour 4

Wednesday 30 October, 9.30am-2.30pm

Perth Playspaces

The Perth Playspaces tour will take in the iconic Rio Tino Naturescape Kings Park Playspace and Chevron Parklands, along with Braithwaite Park, Russell Street Pop Up Park, Whale Playground at Scarborough and the much-acclaimed Jo Wheatley All Abilities Playspace. Join us as we explore the best of the Perth metropolitan area playspaces, design and techniques.

Transport: Bus

Technical Tour 5

Wednesday 30 October, 9.30am-1.15pm

Cockburn ARC - Precincts and Programs

Hosted by the City of Cockburn, the Heart Foundation and the Fremantle Dockers, the Cockburn ARC is a leading-edge recreation and aquatic centre unlike anything else in Perth. It boasts first class sport and recreation amenities along with the inclusion of the Fremantle Dockers AFL Club facilities and training grounds. With a rapidly growing population and many existing leisure facilities reaching the end of their lifespan, the City of Cockburn decided to create a ground breaking, completely new health and recreation opportunity for its community. As one of the largest developments of its kind in Australia, Cockburn ARC makes a significant contribution to Perth residents in the South Metropolitan Corridor. Experience the state-of-the-art facilities first hand, take a look inside the Fremantle Dockers facilities and hear from the Heart Foundation about their internationally recognised Healthy Active By Design Tool which helps to support community health and wellbeing through the design of the built environment.

Transport: Bus/Walking Tour

Technical Tour 6

Wednesday 30 October, 9.30am-12.30pm

Kings Park - Cultural Heritage, Research and Events

Kings Park is one of the world's largest inner-city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, displays and services. Join us on the tour at 'Karrakatup', the local Noongar name for Mt Eliza and Kings Park. You will learn of the hill's intriguing past and spiritual significance to its Traditional Owners, beginning with a Noongar welcome.

Kings Park also has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education. The Western Australian Botanic Garden, displays over 3,000 species of the State's unique flora and two thirds of the 400-hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity.

The final part of this tour includes discussion on the activation of the park for events and activities that open to the general public throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you the parklands where you can enjoy sweeping views of the Swan River and city skyline.

Transport: Bus & Walking

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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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