Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre (AFAC) was crowned ‘Community Facility of the Year Award for WA at the 2019 Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence. The prestigious award recognises facilities that demonstrate innovative features of design, development and operation. AFAC received the award over a host of commendable nominees including City of Stirling’s Scarborough Beach Pool and City of Rockingham’s Autumn Centre.
The award was presented by Parks and Leisure Australia at Ambrose Estate, Perth on Thursday 6 June. City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP was in attendance to receive the award. AFAC will now represent WA on the national stage as a contender for the national Community Facility of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner at Crown, Perth on Tuesday 29 October.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said that the award was a testament of the extensive planning and effort that went into creating an inclusive and sustainable community hub that the City of Armadale can be proud of. “The Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre offers more than aquatic and gym facilities. It’s a holistic health and wellbeing destination where every member of the community can experience an easily accessible healthy lifestyle.”
Opened in March 2019, AFAC services a population of more than 82,200 people and has already recorded more than 212,700 visitors and boasts over 5,500 members, 3,200 more than initial projections. City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said that AFAC’s growing membership base is a strong indicator of how much the local community had been looking forward to this wonderful facility, which had been in the pipeline for more than 20 years. “AFAC’s ‘Active Armadale’ brand has become more than a logo on the front of the centre; it represents a way of life for the local community and a commitment from the City of Armadale to provide health and wellbeing opportunities that the local community can be proud of – now, and into the future.”