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2016 Parks and Leisure Australia awards recognise member excellence

2016 Parks and Leisure Australia awards recognise member excellence
October 26, 2016

Parks and Leisure Australia has this week acknowledged excellence among its members with the presentation of its annual Awards of Excellence during its National Conference in Adelaide.

Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) explain “these annual awards recognise outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of ‘the people behind the places’ which promote and enhance opportunities for the good use of leisure time for a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community.”

The award ceremony at the Adelaide Oval was hosted by sports presenter Stephanie Brantz.

2016 Award Winners

Events Award
PUBLIC 2015 - FORM building a state of creativity, Western Australia


In April 2015, for the second year running, PUBLIC brought together a group of compelling creative practitioners to engage with and transform Western Australia, creating an open air exhibition space accessible to all. 

Inclusive and Connected Communities Award
Pride Cup - Yarra Ranges Council, Victoria


Pride Cup is inspiring a cultural transformation across sport and recreation for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) people by making sport more welcoming and inclusive.

Yarra Glenn Football Netball Club launched the Inaugural Pride Cup in 2014. 

Leisure and/or Open Space: Planning Award
Planning for Sport and Open Space in New Release Areas - Blacktown City Council, NSW

Meeting the demand for sporting facilities in the fast growing Blacktown City area, planning frameworks and benchmarks have been established with the aim of ensuring adequate open space - including sporting facilities.

Leisure Facilities: Development Award
Orion Lagoon - Vee Design and Ipswich City Council, Queensland


Orion Lagoon precinct was designed for all ages and abilities with a range of depths and activity zones including a 1.5 mete deep lap area, beach entry and terraced seating in the main lagoon, a shallow depth sculpture pool, and playful ripples and steppers in the flowing stream.

Parks and Open Space: Development Award
East Shores - Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Queensland


Gladstone Ports Corporation’s East Shores Precinct is an exciting destination showcasing the Gladstone harbour and its maritime history. With a focus on providing quality social infrastructure and connecting the community with its harbour, the Gladstone Ports Corporation and funding partner Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, transformed an urban street to a world-class waterfront precinct.

Playspace: major (more than $500,000) Award
Valley Reserve Adventure Playspace - Monash City Council and Playce Pty Ltd, Victoria


The Valley Reserve Adventure Playspace has been developed with a high level of innovation. The space is now a high profile and vibrant major 'all ages' play space in the hidden gem of Valley Reserve, which is a natural bushland setting. 

Playspace: minor (less than $500,000) Award
Russell Brown Adventure Park - Town of Mosman Park/Rotary Club of Mosman Park/Mosman Park Community Men's Shed, Western Australia

The Russell Brown Adventure Park nestled within the shade trees at Minim Cove in Mosman Park is a nature play space that makes use of previously unutilised land. Now a thriving 2,400 metre² nature adventure park with water play, tree rope swings, cubby house making, log balance, sound sensory play and so much more. The project was created by a unique community collaboration of the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, Mosman Park Community Men's Shed, Town of Mosman Park and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls. 

Research Project Award
Active Logan Participation Study - Logan City Council, Queensland

Logan City Council commissioned research to assess sport, recreation and physical activity participation levels across residents in the City. The findings will inform priority areas and aspirational participation targets outlined within Council's 15 year Active Logan Strategy and ensure infrastructure and programs meet community needs and increase participation.

Use of Technology Award
Connect Warrnambool - Changing the way clubs and community connect - Warrnambool City Council, Victoria

CONNECT Warrnambool showcases innovation in online communication to provide a unique platform to connect clubs and individuals with each other in the community.

David Aldous Student of the Year Award
Isaac Middle - Curtin University, Western Australia


Middle’s doctoral studies and teaching in urban and regional planning at Curtin University are driving the importance of parks and leisure research into professional courses and into the awareness of future practitioners whose decisions will have a fundamental impact on the future quality and impact of parks in society.

Emerging Leader of the Year Award
Tilman Lowe - Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports, Western Australia


Lowe’s pursuit of excellence began in senior high school when he became part of the Clontarf Foundation, the Follow the Dream program run by the Polly Farmer Foundation and the Indigenous Youth Leadership & Mentorship Program run by the Northern Territory Government Education Department (the program is now know as IMPACT).

After moving to Western Australia, Lowe gained employment with Nyoongar Wellbeing & Sports and after four years became a Senior Sports Development Officer which has given him a greater role, more responsibility and a chance to take charge of his own projects.

Tilaman believes “hard work and determination is key to success. It's what defines us as individuals. It's what helps create ideals and values. I wouldn't be the leader I am today without the effort I put in to achieve. My achievements help define me and are a part of me.”

Click here for more information on the PLA Awards.

25th October 2016 - KIDSAFE NATIONAL PLAYSPACE DESIGN AWARDS RECOGNISE SAFE AND CREATIVE PLAYSPACES 

16th September 2016 - PARKS VICTORIA CHIEF EXECUTIVE SACKED OVER ‘INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR’ 

7th August 2016 - CURTIN UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER’S OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES STUDY MOVES ON TO NATIONAL PLA AWARDS

7th July 2016 - PLA 2016 CONFERENCE PROGRAM OFFERS ‘A TOOL KIT FOR CHANGE’

24th June 2016 - GREATER SHEPPARTON INITIATIVE WINS TOP HONOUR AT INAUGURAL SPORT, RECREATION & PLAY INDUSTRY AWARDS

6th May 2016 - VALLEY RESERVE PLAYSPACE WINS PARKS AND LEISURE AUSTRALIA STATE AWARD

16th March 2016 - MAJOR SPORTING CODES SIGN UP FOR NEW SYSTEM TO MEASURE LGBTI INCLUSION

5th November 2015 - PARKS AND LEISURE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2015 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

7th November 2014 - AQUATIC, PARK AND PLAY FACILITIES OPEN AT GLADSTONE’S EAST SHORES PRECINCT 

20th April 2014 - CURTIN GRADUATES’ PLAYGROUND DESIGN HELPS CHILDREN CONNECT WITH NATURE


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