2022 National Awards of Excellence Winners


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Suzanne Suter

Sue Suter is a long-standing member of PLA and a significant contributor to our industry. In the 1990’s she was on the NSW /ACT regional council and also served as


Hayley Ashworth

Hayley is an outstanding young leader who is committed to being a positive role model for other young professionals in the sector. Hayley continually displays leadership and a commitment to


Eastern Escarpment Experience

The Redlands Coast Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area project has delivered over 20km of multi-use and shared trails, supporting visitor infrastructure and connections to neighbouring trail networks. The area now provides


Putting Sport & Recreation Visitors on the Map

Navigating your leisure & recreation visitors to the best places & experiences. Benefits of digital map from naveze are: Increased visibility of your brand, Improved visitor experiences, and Collection of


Activating Reservoirs for Healthy Communities

South Australian reservoir reserves have taken an exciting step forward with the opening of vast areas of land and water for recreation. For the first time, people can walk, cycle,


Yawa Aquatic Centre

Yawa Aquatic Centre is an exemplary facility providing safe year-round swimming and offering a mix of wet and dry activities regardless of age, gender, culture or ability. Coastal resort themed,


The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland

Combining magical lighting, audio special effects and digital art, The Enchanted Garden entranced thousands of visitors at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane between 1-23 December 2021. The family-friendly lighting trail combined

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Revitalising Wilson Botanic Park

Revitalisation of Wilson Botanic Park during covid-19 placed the environment and people first, supporting the community’s heightened reliance on open space, through rare species planting, bird attracting area, pop-up café,

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Cottesloe Nature Discovery Space

Reclaimed from invasive Victorian tea tree, this coastal site was sculpted, transformed, and revegetated with native planting. Subtle interventions using large pieces of timber and limestone have created a space


Thomas Street Playground

The Thomas Street Playground is an exceptional play space that is welcoming to community members of all ability. A range of accessible play elements and sculptures, a Changing Places facility,


Sport Participation Research Project

The Sport Participation Research Project developed by the Physical Activity and Sport Insights (PASI) Research group at Federation and Victoria Universities, is a world-leading program of research that is transforming


Sunshine Coast Recreation Parks Plan 2021-2031

The Sunshine Coast Recreation Parks Plan 2021-2031, endorsed by Council in December 2021, has been developed to compliment and carry out the strategic directions expressed in Council’s Environment and Liveability