The City’s AFAC facility was recognised for operational excellence at the recent WA Aquatic Recreation Industry (ARI) Awards taking home both the Sustainability and Watch Around Water Facility of the Year Awards.
AFAC’s Jonathan Shapcott was recognised at an individual level being named Aquatic Supervisor of the Year for his advanced skills in and around water coupled with his immense work ethic.
ARI’s Sustainability Award recognises excellence in the performance of sustainability practices within the aquatic recreation industry. Earlier this year, a 500kWp solar expansion project was installed at AFAC. The system is forecast to save 501 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, while also providing for AFAC to operate on 100% solar electricity during peak hours of the busy summer period. Building management efficiencies during the last financial year means that a 41% reduction in gas consumption has also been achieved. In addition, a solar energy storage battery project will soon commence at the centre.
The Watch Around Water Facility of the Year Award recognises AFAC’s operational excellence in achieving the objectives of the Watch Around Water program. Watch Around Water is an educational and awareness campaign run at public swimming pools to reduce drowning and aquatic injuries amongst children through improved parental supervision.
The WA ARI awards were introduced by the Leisure Institute of WA (LIWA) Aquatics to recognise excellence and commitment of both individuals and facilities in improving aquatic and recreation communities, programs, facility operations, management, and safety.
The awards are supported by the Royal Life Saving WA, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Water Corporation, and Xplor Recreation to recognise the extraordinary commitments of individuals and organisations to the aquatic industry.