June 23 - 29, 2013: Issue 116


Pittwater Wins Two Top Leisure Awards 


Pittwater Council has won two major awards for providing leisure facilities and activities for the community. Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) has awarded the Council top honours in the NSW/ACT category for the synthetic turf field built at North Narrabeen Sports High and for its program of markets in Pittwater.

The Council will now go to be judged for the PLA’s National Awards of Excellence held in Melbourne in October this year.

The Council and Narrabeen Sports High were given the top award in the Open Space Development category of the awards for the synthetic turf field built at the school’s grounds and opened last year. In an innovative agreement, the school has the use of the field during school hours and the community outside those hours and at weekends.

Since the field opened in November last year, bookings are at capacity. The field can cater for sports such as soccer, AFL, touch football, hockey and rugby union/league.

The Council also scooped the honours in the Events award category for its program of community markets. These include the Palm Beach markets, the weekly Beaches fresh produce market at Pittwater Rugby Park North Narrabeen and the annual Food & Wine Fair held in May at Mona Vale.

Mayor Jacqui Townsend said she was delighted the Council had been recognised for providing cost-effective and communal leisure activities. 

“One of our main aims is to strengthen the sense of connection in the community. These awards prove that one of the best ways to do that is by providing spaces for people to get together.”