NSW/ACT Awards Submissions

Welcome, to the NSW/ACT Awards Submissions! Here you can review this years PLA Awards of Excellence Submissions. If you have any enquiries about the awards, please feel free to reach out to the National Office team.

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Stuart Park All Ages All Abilities Playground

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Wollongong City Council

Overview:

Stuart Park All Ages All Abilities Playground is inspired by and built for adults with disability. Informed by The Playground Project, a collaboration between the University of Wollongong, the Disability Trust and Council, we worked with adults with intellectual disability, to understand their play preferences. The playground caters for larger adult bodies with intellectual disability and offers multiple challenges whereby all users can learn new skills, make friends and build long-term resilience and confidence to tackle the world.


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Concord Oval Community and Sports Precinct

Community Facility of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Canada Bay Council

Overview:

The Concord Oval Community and Sports Precinct, a remarkable once-in-a-generation project. This transformative world class facility, funded by the NSW Government, the City of Canada Bay, and other partners, now stands as a vibrant recreational hub for the community. With an indoor recreation centre, open green spaces, community rooms, and upgraded sporting facilities, it exemplifies Council’s commitment to quality community infrastructure, offering mixed recreational opportunities for everyone.


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Blackheath Memorial Park Play

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Blue Mountains City Council

Overview:

Celebrating Blackheath Memorial Park’s history as a hanging swamp, Blue Mountains City Council and Architects of Arcadia have nestled an innovative playspace into the English Landscape Garden setting. The ever-present ground water is collected and channelled through a meandering rill, which incorporates old cut stone in a nod to romantic landscape features. This rill provides inclusive sensory play for all ages and can be accessed from multiple points in diverse ways.


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Daughters and Dads Football

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Football NSW

Overview:

The Daughters and Dads Football Program engages fathers and their primary school-aged daughters in football to enhance social-emotional well-being. Supported by the NSW Football Legacy Program, it challenges gender norms, strengthens familial bonds, and promotes physical activity. Structured over 9 weeks to align with school terms, it fosters values like persistence and resilience. With over 630 participating families since July 2022, it attracts newcomers to football, promoting community engagement. NOTE Information in this submission is not to be distributed outside the purposes of the award


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Wadanggari Park

Park of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Arcadia Landscape Architecture

Joint Organisation:

Lane Cove Council

Overview:

The only park built over a railway line in Australia, Wadanggari Park is the result of innovative thinking and a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach. This highly complex project delivers much-needed public open space to the St Leonards CBD, supporting the new residential and commercial communities moving into the suburb. Wadanggari Park provides significant open space amenity with spaces for play, passive recreation, events, alfresco dining, vibrant retail and pedestrian connections to existing and future public transport infrastucture.


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Liverpool Seniors Well-being and Social Group

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Collective Leisure Pty Ltd

Overview:

The Liverpool Seniors Well-being and Social Group is delivered by Collective Leisure on behalf of Liverpool City Council in partnership with SWSLHD and Healthstin, providing free thrice weekly physical activity and well-being sessions to over 65s to reduce social isolation and improve well-being.


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Landrigan and Andrews Parks Master Plan

Strategic and Master Planning Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Overview:

Landrigan Park and Andrews Park, vital recreational hubs in Wauchope, require a master plan for sustainable development, considering community needs and environmental concerns. The plan, informed by a co-design workshop, prioritises enhancements like netball/multi-use hard courts, a footbridge connecting the parks, play space, and improved signage and amenities to enhance accessibility and community engagement.


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Sir Joseph Banks Park adventure playspace

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Bayside Council

Joint Organisation:

Jeavons Landscape Architects

Overview:

Sir Joseph Banks Park playspace aligns with Council’s vision for community focused and dynamic places. A design guided by the community, it is inclusive for all to enjoy. Play stimulates adventure in both active and quiet settings. The unique landform promotes discovery, offering climbing, agility, and sliding play and an exploration trail to a vantage point feature. Sculptures illustrate local nature whilst the play tower design is based on the local Hercules Club Whelk, celebrating the park’s rich history. Picnic and rest options, shade and shelter support day long enjoyment.


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Submitting Organisation:

Otium Planning Group

Overview:

Allambi Care is planning for an innovate adaptation of existing industrial buildings in Lake Macquarie into an iconic, accessible and activated sport and recreation destination. The Rushfields Lifestyle Sport Precinct will provide a 3 hectare, year-round activated facility, that provides Olympic discipline skateboarding, a dedicated scooter park, rollers sports, indoor rock climbing, a surfing wave pool, a multipurpose court, obstacle course, mountain biking, BMX, skatecross, accommodation, food and beverage, administration and green space.


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St Ives Village Green Recreation Precinct

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Ku ring gai Council

Overview:

St Ives Village Green is one of Council’s largest and most popular district parks. To protect inherent park values and address increasing demand on recreation facilities, a landscape masterplan was developed in close consultation with the community. The plan identified a need for major park improvements to address issues with access, inclusion, equity, diversity and behaviour. It recommended development of a new multi-generational recreation precinct with inclusive and accessible play, skate and picnic facilities, along with significant amenities, youth centre and community hall upgrades. The


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Jarjumirr Park

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Convic

Overview:

Jarjumirr Park provides an activated community hub for all members of the community within a natural landscape setting. It is the first skatepark in Australia to incorporate local indigenous dialect within the precinct through consultation with local elders. Arakwal country is a place of meeting for all Bundjalung people, and we hope this space will be a meeting place for all members of the community now and into the future.


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Artie Smith Oval Upgrade

Community Facility of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Shoalhaven City Council

Overview:

Artie Smith Oval exists within the Northern Shoalhaven community as a long-term sporting venue for local cricket and AFL, as well as being a meaningful public open space for the adjoining residential neighbourhood. The Artie Smith Oval upgrade delivers a functional venue for the respective sports at state and local level, whilst also retaining an attractive community park character. The project delivers for the Shoalhaven an integrated community and recreational precinct through the provision of multi-functional, sustainable and future-proof sporting infrastructure.


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Submitting Organisation:

Otium Planning Group

Overview:

Otium Planning Group undertook a Review of Supply and Demand for Sport Facilities across the North Sydney Region of Councils Region. The research study provides an evidence based approach to the analysis of demand for sporting infrastructure across eight Local Government Areas. It quantifies the current and forecast deficit of space for sport provision and providing a range of opportunities to address this shortfall.


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Blackheath Memorial Park Makeover

Park of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Blue Mountains City Council

Overview:

Blackheath Memorial Park has been restored to its rightful place as a tourism destination and Blackheath's social hub. Celebrating the water flowing through the former swamp and respecting its English Garden Landscape Style, inviting and inclusive facilities and unique ground-water fed water play nestle into the slopes between the lovely old cold climate plantings. ate


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Cessnock West Public School

Best Use of Technology Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Moir Landscape Architecture

Overview:

Moir LA conducted research using thermal imaging to address the impact of heat in school environments. Data-driven design interventions, including shade enhancements and material selection, transformed the playgrounds into cooler, engaging spaces, benefiting student well-being and learning. The approach utilised accessible technology that offers a scalable solution for mitigating heat impacts industry wide.


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Active Outdoor Kids

Best Regional / Rural Industry Contribution Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Outdoors NSW & ACT and Members

Overview:

The AOK program clearly had a significant impact on young people. Participants displayed increased motivation for active recreation following participation. Once engaged in active recreation, they are more likely to be motivated to continue participating. Overall, the AOK program experience fostered personal growth in participants. In addition provided a boost for businesses in NSW to showcase their offerings to their local community, with the aim of continuing participation. We identified barriers to ongoing participation but resilience was was a key attribute developed by participants.


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Opening Our Heart 2023

Best Regional / Rural Industry Contribution Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Lismore City Council

Overview:

The "Opening Our Heart" 2023 initiative in Lismore commemorated the community's resilience a year after the devastating flood of February 2022. Among the series of events, the Legends of the Game 20/20 Cricket Picnic Day stood out, drawing 4200 attendees from Lismore and neighbouring areas. Its immense popularity and positive reception have led to plans for it to become an annual event. This initiative contributed significantly to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of the community, fostering unity, providing entertainment, and boosting local businesses.


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Ruddock Park Upgrade - A Park for Everyone

Park of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Hornsby Shire Council

Joint Organisation:

Group GSA

Overview:

Ruddock Park, a park for everyone, resulted from a transformative upgrade, introducing innovative features such as a Learn-to-Ride play area, spaces for tweens (9-12 years old), active play for teenagers, accessible pathways, and inclusive amenities. Through extensive community consultation, the park's design was refined to meet diverse needs, including improved accessibility and recreational facilities for all ages. With its vibrant new infrastructure and sustainable design elements, Ruddock Park stands as a model of inclusive and engaging public space for the community to enjoy.


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Corcoran Park Dog Park

Park of the Year Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Clarence Valley Council

Overview:

The Corcoran Park dog park project included the remediation of a former landfill site and the transformation into a premier community space. The park overlooks the Clarence River and includes an active and quiet dog areas which have an agility course, podium, a huge digging pit, connection pathways throughout, a dry riverbed with logs, rocks and native grass species and a huge area to run. Inside the fence, this premier park is so much more - it's a meeting place. People and pooches of all ages, stages, abilities and sizes are meeting at the park, forming friendships and connections.


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MidCoast Parks and Recreation Strategic Planning Portfolio

Strategic and Master Planning Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

MidCoast Council

Overview:

The development of the MidCoast Parks and Recreation Planning Portfolio sets an industry benchmark for the management of public open space in Australia. We sought to identify the key planning components for our 826 parks and reserves, and having done that set about developing strategies for those key components. Managing open space, sport, recreation, play, skate, and the lighting of our sports facilities was acknowledged as being key to delivering outcomes for our community. The MidCoast Parks and Recreation Planning Portfolio presents to the parks industry a different way of doing planning.


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Robert Pymble Park Playspace Upgrade

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Ku ring gai Council

Overview:

Robert Pymble Park’s playspace blends sensitively with the site’s character, referencing its cultural history with a fruit farm theme. The new playspace design services the growing neighbourhood population of children and their families, by facilitating access, encouraging interaction and adding to the overall experience and recreational value of the Park.


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Recreation Ground Inclusive Family and Youth Precinct

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Tweed Shire Council

Overview:

Recreation Ground is the partnership and collaboration of the surrounding community on its doorstep. Through extensive community consultation and future area growth and needs, understanding of the site was formed, allowing a harmonious integration of built play forms. Intergenerational play is found in the hustle of court play, an adult-baby swing and a more natural presence along with the large play equipment camouflaged in the backdrop of shade trees. A pleasant and welcome active environment where everyone belongs.


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Submitting Organisation:

City of Canada Bay Council

Overview:

The $8.7 million McIlwaine Park River Activation and Foreshore Upgrade project, funded by the NSW Government and City of Canada Bay, has accessible pathways and picnic facilities with the standout feature an inviting dry beach on the river edge, featuring large, stepped sandstone access points to the water, and inter-tidal discovery rockpools. Along with connecting to nature, the foreshore improvements create an idyllic space to sit, be still and enjoy the vista of the Parramatta River, and escape the contrasting busy neighbourhood only a few hundred meters away


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Uki Mountain Bike Park

Best Regional / Rural Industry Contribution Award

NSW/ACT

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Submitting Organisation:

Tweed Shire Council

Overview:

The Uki Mountain Bike Park is a must do experience in the Northern NSW region, created by Tweed Shire Council and the Tweed Valley Mountain Bike Riders. The Bike Park is FREE to use and accessible by all ages and abilities. The Park includes 8 mountain bike trails with beginner, medium and difficult levels as well as a pump track specifically designed for kids. With the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Warning (Wollumbin) National Park and rural setting, it is a significant contributor to regional recreation and leisure facilities in the area.


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Submitting Organisation:

Peak Water Consulting

Overview:

Addressing the myriad of challenges facing natural turf sporting fields and green open spaces requires decisions based on sound science and evidence. The Lower Hunter Best Practice Guidelines offer a unique, principles-based reference resource to address these challenges. The guidelines are based on applied research and data from over 250 sporting fields as well as fundamental scientific principles in soils, irrigation and turf management. As such, they pave the way for enhanced decision making and positive outcomes for sport, recreation, urban amenity, sustainability and resilience.


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