Park Leisure Australia Conference

The Park Leisure Australia Conference will be held in Cairns from August 24-27. As the biggest industry event of its type of the year, the annual conference attracts leaders and decision makers in the parks and leisure sector from around Australia and overseas.  The event highlights the role the sector plays in protecting the Australian way of life and the wellbeing of all Australians through good policy, planning and provision.  Paul Hockey, was the first disabled person to climbed Mount Everest from the north side in 2005; Tania Major, who in 2004 became the youngest person elected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and was named Young Queenslander and Young Australian of the Year in 2007; and Glen Jacobs, who has built and designed more than 300 mountain bike trails and race courses across 20 countries, will all make a significant contribution to this year's National Conference program and touch on how communicating, cooperating and collaborating have enabled them to succeed in their fields. Parks and Leisure Australia represents private and public sector professionals working in urban and regional parks, recreation, sport and active and healthy communities.  For details go to