Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) has had to reschedule their annual conference for 2021, following the significant increase of COVID-19 cases and lockdowns.
The event is still expected to take place at its usual venue, Sydney Olympic Park in NSW, but a confirmed date and time have yet to be decided. PLA assured the public when this information has become apparent they will announce it as soon as possible to ensure all audiences and speakers can still attend.
As the national peak body for parks and leisure activities, PLA is also the provider of training, professional development, research, advocacy and supply a range of products and services. The Conference acts as a forum for industry professionals to share their knowledge, trade discussions to occur, and acts as a hub for all things parks and leisure.
For those of the public who had already purchased tickets to the event, their tickets will automatically roll over to the rescheduled date, meaning they will still be able to attend. Any concern for the National Awards has also been addressed, with PLA stating the announcement of winners will still be made in September and presentations will take place at the Gala Industry Christmas dinner on the 24th of November.
CEO of PLA Mark Band expressed his own disappointment of the change but asserted it will allow the team to refocus, and regroup to ensure the event is the best it can be for delegates, trade and partners and is looking forward to reconnecting with the PLA community.
The change comes following growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Sydney, particularly of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus with daily cases swelling to over 140 last week. The cases have been baffling authorities as they scramble to map out the sources of the infections, with a hard lockdown currently in place for residents of the state.