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13 OCTOBER, 5:30PM 

Join us for the 2022 Place Leaders Awards: celebrating cutting edge innovation and excellence in the place sector, with categories covering projects, processes, leadership, governance, and digital placemaking.



The 2022 Awards are being celebrated with our co-hosts, the City of Parramatta, on Thursday 13 October from 5.30 – 8pm. Auditorium – 4 Parramatta Square (4PS Business & Events Centre), Parramatta


Join your Place Leaders colleagues from around the country and beyond for our first in-person event since 2020! Click here to register:




All Awards submitters and Place Leaders members can access up to THREE complimentary tickets to the Awards program. Additional tickets, and general public tickets, are priced at $100 each, including access to the evening function, networking drinks and canapés. 




To make the most of our time together in Sydney, Place Leaders is presenting several additional, exclusive programs during the day of 13 October and the morning of 14 October, in conjunction with members Sydney Olympic Park Authority and City of Parramatta.


Attendance at these member-based activities is EXCLUSIVE to Awards attendees and capacity is limited. Make the most of your time in Sydney’s west – when you register to attend the Awards, also register for ANY or ALL of these additional, exclusive events:



13 October, 10am - 2pm

Meet at SOP train station (in the open space at the stadium end of the station)


Join us at Sydney Olympic Park to learn more about the new "Sydney’s Beating Green Heart" vision. Hear about aspirations to be a living lab for urban innovation with a range of Smart Places projects already underway. Enjoy a cycling tour taking in parklands, wetland and woodlands corridors along with heritage sites. Take a break at the Murama Healing Space, where Aboriginal culture and connections to Country are shared and celebrated.


Note: participants will need to wear enclosed shoes and advised that they will be walking and riding a bike. Just let us know if that’s a problem and we will endeavour to accommodate.


Lunch provided.

Transport to Parramatta CBD provided after tour.





13 October, 3pm – 5pm

Meet at the "Place of Eels" ups upturned bus sculpture, in the middle of Parramatta Sqaure


Immerse yourself in an exclusive, guided afternoon tour of one of the largest urban renewal projects in the country, the Parramatta Square Precinct. Over 290,000sqm of premium office and retail space, this $2.7 Billion Project right in the heart of Parramatta CBD showcases architectural icons and environmentally sustainable design.

Traverse through the Square’s Public Domain and learn of the significant history about the public art display (an eight-metre, vertical, highly reflective chrome vintage bus!). Explore 3 Parramatta Square (NAB Building) which encompassed a 6 Star Green Star Office As Built rating and is the centre-piece of the precinct. Visit the new PHIVE (5 Parramatta Square) building, a world-class public library at the forefront of technology. And experience a rare opportunity to view the city skyline, watching the horizon from the rooftop of the 6 & 8 Parramatta Skyscraper.


13 October, before and after the Awards


Rediscover your inner-child and playfulness, joining the festivities in the award winning and annual celebration of the Parramatta Lanes Festival. For four straight days in October the city streets and laneways morph and open up to 50,000+ visitors seeking to tantalise all senses with food, art, and live entertainment. Street food-vendors, pop-up bars, street art installations, roaming performers and stage-live performances - you can sit, relax and absorb or you can roam around, boogie and dance in the street! There’s something for everyone.




Friday 14 October, 8am – 9.30am

Park Royal Parramatta, 30 Phillip Street

Join us for a post-awards intimate roundtable breakfast event with industry leaders ALEX O’MARA and MICHAEL STOTT to discuss ESG (Environmental, Social and Governances), PURPOSE & PLACE.

What will be covered?

Three things matter when it comes to ESG, Purpose and Place. The first is why. Purpose answers the question of why your particular organisation exists and is at the heart of ESG. What is the positive impact it has on the community? Why do employees get out of bed in the morning and come to work? 

This is underpinned by purposeful activity, characterised by the second item of importance, Place, which often takes the form of environment, social, and governance factors. Place strategies and precinct-scale ESG frameworks can be a way of delivering on ESG in a tangible way that creates long-term value.

The why needs to link to the what, Purpose to Place, which is fundamental to achieving the goals and objectives of any ESG strategy. What and where do you participate, and which ones do you stay out of? What are your bold commitments to people and the planet? Finally, the how is the operating model. Getting to a purpose statement that would appear at the top of your website is relatively easy. What is more challenging is making it live in the organisation. There is an opportunity for place leaders to drive change by developing place-based ESG frameworks that harness the importance of place as having a direct (quantifiable) benefit for people and the environment while also having a positive social impact directly in the communities they operate. 

Click below to register for the Awards themselves, and ANY or ALL of these exciting, additional Place Leaders learning and networking opportunities:





The Place Leaders Asia Pacific Awards Program provides a platform for the promotion and celebration of innovation and excellence across a broad field of place focused work.


The awards recognise physical projects, place processes and leadership within the six categories of Place Leadership, Place Project Large, Place Project Small, Place Process, Place Governance and Digital Placemaking.


The program highlights the achievements of Place Leaders and the ongoing contribution of the work in delivering successful place outcomes that enrich the life and well-being of all communities.

2022 JURY

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