The MLSA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

The MLSA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner proudly celebrated the highly anticipated 2023 Awards of Excellence recently, honouring some remarkable people and projects, all of whom shape the face of the South Australian landscaping industry. With a record-breaking attendance of 380 guests, the evening was an extraordinary celebration of talent, innovation, and dedication within the landscaping sector.

The 2023 Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday 18 November, was graced by the esteemed presence of the Honourable Blair Boyer, Minister for Education, Training and Skills, who delivered an inspiring keynote address, sharing insights and perspectives on the future of the landscaping industry.

This exceptional awards event saw the presentation of 24 awards across the areas of landscape design, construction, maintenance, plus special awards for dedication to the industry (Frank Ugody Memorial Award), best supplier to the industry (Craig Norman Memorial Award), Rising Star, and Trainee of the Year.

Overall, 14 South Australians and businesses were recognised for their outstanding achievements, representing the pinnacle of success and innovation in the field, whilst showcasing exceptional expertise and dedication that continues to redefine landscaping standards.

Adelaide Horticultural Solutions – Shaping for perfection

The MLSAs annual Awards of Excellence continue to celebrate success in the landscaping industry, which is paramount as it acknowledges the relentless commitment and creativity of professionals who transform outdoor spaces into breathtaking works of art. Landscaping not only enhances the aesthetics of our surroundings but also plays a crucial role in environmental conservation, providing green spaces that positively impact communities and wellbeing.

“We believe that recognising excellence in landscaping is essential to inspire innovation and drive the industry forward,” said Amanda Grocock, CEO of the MLSA. “Like most construction industries, landscaping continues to find itself in a skills shortage, so we hope that showcasing the best of the best will inspire people to consider landscaping as a viable and rewarding career.”

On top of celebrating excellence, the Gala Dinner provided a platform for industry leaders, stakeholders, and enthusiasts to come together, celebrate achievements, and build connections within the landscaping community.

“We are thrilled to have hosted the most significant Gala Dinner Awards Event in the history of our industry,” said Amanda Grocock, CEO of the MLSA. “With a remarkable attendance of 380 guests, the Awards of Excellence annual Gala Dinner served as platforms to honour the hard work and vision of individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the evolution and improvement of the landscaping industry.”

About Master Landscapers of SA

Master Landscapers of South Australia (MLSA) is the peak association representing the landscaping industry in Adelaide and regional South Australia. We build capacity and capability across the industry, ensuring Members deliver the highest quality standards and levels of professionalism for their customers. The highly coveted MLSA Awards of Excellence recognise the skill, craftsmanship and expertise within MLSA members encourage excellence in the fields of landscape design, construction and maintenance. For more information, or to contact a licensed landscaper in your area, visit The MLSA extends its gratitude to all who joined in celebrating excellence, innovation, and dedication in the landscaping industry at the MLSA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner. Thank you for being part of an evening of honour, inspiration, and camaraderie on 18 November 2023.

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