2021 National Awards of Excellence Winners



Waverley Inclusive Play Space Study

Waverley Council’s Inclusive Play Space Study provides a blueprint to direct the future provision, planning, design and development of public inclusive play spaces across the Waverley LGA.


A Better Approach to Providing Urban Greenspace

Empirically-led PhD research examining approaches to urban greenspace provision – specifically parks. Comparative case studies of two fast-growing, mid-sized cities in Australia and Canada reveal insider perspectives and inform seven


Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny Playground

The new playground at Wellington Square welcomes everyone to come together to socialise and play; it will enable people of all ages, abilities (both physical and cognitive) and cultural backgrounds


St Peters Fences

St Peters Fences is a public art playground that recreates the front fences of houses demolished in the St Peters, NSW area due to the infrastructure expansion. The 24 leaning


Livvi’s Place at Edgebrook

Variety Livvi’s Place at Edgebrook showcases an innovative model of designing with empathy and story through play for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It features sensory-rich play installations, designed


St Kilda Film Festival 2020

St Kilda Film Festival is Australia’s largest and longest-running short film festival. The Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event, showcasing Australia’s emerging cinema. In 2020 the festival was transformed


The Shed at Conyngham Street

The Conyngham Street depot redevelopment is an innovative City of Burnside master planning project that transformed an unsightly and underutilised council storage depot into a unique, multi-purpose community hub. With


YMCA Skate Ambassadors X Skate Melbourne

The Skate Ambassadors program role models a positive, inclusive and safe skating culture. Designed to have lasting impact, profile the sport and advocate for the future of Melbourne’s skating community,


Putting Sport & Local Government on the Same Page

Through a collaboration between ActiveXchange and the Office of Sport, the SportsEye Network unlocks the potential of data from 30 sports, so they can evidence growth potential and community impact


Telopea Park RFS Fire Truck Memorial Playground

This project celebrates the spirit of a rural community through the successful delivery of a lasting legacy in honour of two volunteer firefighters through a unique RFS Fire Truck Memorial


Hsar Ju

Hsar is an inspirational Community Ranger dedicated to connecting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities to nature. Born in a refugee camp on the Thai Burma border he is Parks Victoria’s


Nick Cox

Nick has been a long-term, active supporter of Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA), and more broadly to other organisations that promote and support the parks, leisure and community sport sectors.