VIC/TAS 2024 Conference RECAP

  • May 29, 2024

Thanks to our 2024 partners for their support

We were back bigger and better than ever as we headed to the heart of Melbourne at Marvel Stadium for our 2024 Regional Conference and Awards of Excellence. 

A huge few days of networking, knowledge sharing and exploring the best our industry has to offer. With record attendance, we’d like to thank everyone involved in the delivery of this fantastic event. The only sector conference brought to you by local government for local government and its supporters, industry came together to celebrate the PEOPLE behind the PLACES. 

We kicked things off with a behind the scenes stadium tour and welcome reception, before two full days and 12+ hours of content across 3 diverse streams. Not to forget the social event of the year as we celebrated the best of PLA Vic/Tas at our Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner.


We were lucky to have Alicia McKay join us as our keynote speaker for the 2024 conference. Alicia is a leading authority on strategy, change, and leadership, empowering government, business and community leaders to make better decisions, challenge unhelpful norms, and turn good intentions into meaningful action.

Alicia is an expert facilitator and strategist who cuts through corporate jargon to get real about what it takes to change our lives, work and leadership. Her first book – From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in the Public Sector – made waves across New Zealand and Australia, and her next book – You Don’t Need An MBA: Leadership Lessons that Cut through the Crap – busts common myths for leaders in all sectors about what it takes to manage through uncertainty and challenge.

Find out more at www.aliciamckay.co.nz or follow Alicia on LinkedIn


We were thrilled to have Brett Phillips as our host for the 2024 Conference and Awards of Excellence. Brett is a leading tennis commentator and long time supporter of PLA. He is the host of SEN’s The First Serve, a dedicated two hour weekly radio show, covering the world of tennis from the elite to the grass roots here in Australia and abroad.

Brett is also a host of Channel 9’s French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup, Brisbane International and Adelaide International TV coverage as well as being the big screens host for Tennis Australia at the Australian Open.

Our conference host proudly brought to you by Green Life Group www.glgcorp.com


We closed out day 2 of the conference program with ‘The Great Debate’. Facilitated by Alicia McKay, our expert panel delved into the trending topic of Sport vs Active Recreation. Delegates were also treated to a copy of Alicia’s book You Don’t Need an MBA. 

Panel speakers:

🎤 Sue McGill, Australian Sports Commission
🎤 Stefan Hajkowicz, CSIRO
🎤 Sofia De Lesantis, Parks Victoria
🎤 Chris Arnett, Sport and Recreation Victoria


The 2024 PLA VIC/TAS Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner was held in the Victory Room at Marvel Stadium. We enjoyed the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour as we celebrated the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of our industry. For a full recap of the event, including photos and our 2024 winners, visit the link below. 

This event was proudly brought to you by Christie Barbecues


We were thrilled to have a sold-out trade exhibition area this year where delegates could find all the information needed on the latest and greatest innovations from our industry suppliers.

A big thank you goes out to all the exhibitors for choosing to be a part of this great event. View the Virtual Trade Satchel below to find details on all of the exhibitors, including links to their websites and brochures!