Tony Head

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:34

2016 Country Seminars

October is not far away and many of our regional pools are starting to gear up for the new season. It is also the time for the LIWA Aquatics Country Seminars. This year the travelling road show is heading south to Collie on the 20th of October to showcase the wonderful redevelopment of the Collie Mine Workers Pool and then out into the Wheatbelt on teh 27th of October to Corrigin. The programs and registrations are now available for download. Last year we had wonderful support and it is hoped that LIWA Aquatics members across the region are able to join us again as we Maintain the Network in country WA.  Collie Program  Collie Registration  Corrigin Program  Corrigin Registration
The 20th Annual LIWA Aquatics Regional Seminars will be conducted on Thursday the 20th of October in Collie and the following week on the 27th of October in Corrigin. The events will showcase the new Collie facility and the hydrotherapy pool and redevelopment of the Corrigin Aquatic Centre.The program and registrations will be available in early September. The Board of LIWA Aquatics hopes to see as many of our regional members in attendance as possible.
Monday, 08 December 2014 09:11

2014 Country Seminars Report

LIWA Aquatics Board Members along with Llew Withers from the WA Health Department and Lauren Nimmo from RLSSWA hit the road in October and clocked up over 1500 km's to present our annual country seminars in Mukinbudin and Manjimup.These two events attracted over 90 delegates including, trade supporters and presenters many that travelled for many hours to attend. For some it was just up the road 100 km's but for Billy and Kobie from Esperance it was a 1300 km round trip. This shows wonderful support from the regional Shires and it demonstrates to the LIWA Aquatics Board that the country seminars still retain their relevance even after 18 years. Mukinbudin CEO Stuart and Shire President Gary The road trip started in Muckinbudin on a beautiful day in a wonderful location overlooking a vibrant green oval across to the recently renovated Muka Pool. The seminar was officially opened by the Shire President Gary Shadbolt who was heavily involved in the pool refurbishment. Gary spoke with both passion and pride how the project had evolved and was effusive in his praise of the contractors Wetdeck Pools and the end product that was delivered to the community. Shire CEO Stuart Billingham was also on hand to discuss the further opportunities for development and the staged approach that the Shire has adopted with the refurbishment of the Muka Pool.In Manjimup we were welcomed by CEO Andrew Campbell and Evy Apeldoorn, Manager, Recreation and Facilities. Andrew gave some great insight into the Shire and its development as designated Supertown. Supertowns are a State Government initiative seeking to plan for the town's expansion over the next 30 years, to provide a vibrant and attractive rural location to help absorb the expectant doubling of the Western Australian population. In July 2011, Manjimup was selected as one of nine Supertowns, offering more choices for people wanting to live in regional areas and provide an attractive alternative to living in the metropolitan area.  Wendy, Kaye and Fran This development has been a key driver behind the Manjimup Regional Aquatic Facility that has seen the installation of a range of energy efficiencies installed over the past 12-18 months. Evy updated the delegates on the work that had been completed and the work that is proposed in the future. The Geothermal Project aims to reduce the heating cost of the Manjimup Pool. The installation of Ground Source Heating that extracts heat from a depth of 30 meters at 18C is then transferred to the heat pumps system. The overall project costs were $775,250 providing a potential saving of $35,000 per annum in electricity and energy costs.After the initial welcomes the delegates headed out to the facilities for a site visited to the respective facilities. Mukinbudin is an outdoor pool in the Wheatbelt and Manjimup is a multi-purposed indoor facility in the South West of the state. Both were beautifully presented and a credit to the local shires, the managers and the staff at the facilities. This is a great opportunity for the delegates to look through the plant rooms and get an understanding of the VSD technology installed at both venues and to discuss operating issues with their peers and some of the trade suppliers participating in the seminar. The Crew and Manji Back into the seminar rooms after the site visits it was time for some networking and morning tea before the first formal session of the day was delivered by LIWA Aquatics Board Member Peter Leaversuch. Leavo updated the delegates on the results of the "2012/13 State of the Industry Report". This report focuses on injury data, pool audit results and general data collection from our facilities and is funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation and complied by the research team at RLSSWA. Interestingly much of the data collection is coordinated by the RLSSWA Call Centres that are located in Manjimup and Bridgetown.The report provides a great deal of relevant information for the industry and provides data on areas that are performing well and recommendations for areas that may need attention. The ability for our industry to have this data on hand on an annual basis is critical as we strive for continuous improvement in all keys areas of operation.Following on from Peter was Llew Withers from the WA Health Department and this year Llew focused on the changes to Table 8 "Microbiological Water Standards" in the Code of Practice. Llew provided a great deal of relevant practical information to the delegates on how to deal with Path West results that may have adverse findings. The discussions around the detection of Thermophilic Amoebae at both seminars and how to deal proved very interesting for the managers. Llew also provided a brief history of Thermophilic Naegleria and informed managers not to test scheme water and to provide backwash samples only once a year. The revised Table 8 is a very clear guideline for managers and provides all the relevant direction for ensuring compliance against the Code if your facility returns a contaminated result from the Laboratory. Lauren and Zac from Mt Barker The final presentation before lunch was conducted by our Watch Around Water Manager Lauren Nimmo. The session was very much in a workshop format and provided delegates with the opportunity to discuss issues around the new resources, training aids and the development of the program. Lauren's key message was one of the need for managers to promote the program at every opportunity in the community and support their staff in its implementation on the pool deck. Lauren rounded of her presentation by presenting the Shire of Merredin and the Shire of Plantagenet with new mobile signs for the front entrance of their facilities. LIWA Aquatics purchased these signs to recognise the great work of these two Local Governments in promoting the Watch Around Water message in their communities. Lunch is always a great time to catch and chat but also time to enjoy the catering provided by the regional communities and this year's winner was the Mukinbudin PC for their supply of homemade cakes, sausage rolls and beautiful fresh sandwiches. It was great to see CEO Stuart bring in a fresh plate of homemade cakes as his family's contribution to the fund raiser.After the refuel it was time for another workshop that focused on the types of incidents that may force the closure of a pool and the steps required to remediate the pool before it can be reopened to public. Llew Withers facilitated the session with the assistance of Karin, Steve and Chris and the long term outcome is to have a prescriptive document to assist managers faced with this type of problem in the workplace. John Simmonds finally being presented with his 2014 Presidents Award for Excellence Chris Blankley then provided a very informative session of his recent experience with the redevelopment process of the Bilgoman Aquatic Centre. Chris was able to provide a range of tips and potential pitfalls to watch out for when undertaking a major redevelopment of an aquatic facility. The way Chris was able to track the progress of the scope of works, make changes where necessary and effectively project manage the development to ensure the best possible outcome for the Shire of Mundaring was a very interesting to all the delegates. A room with a view in Manjimup The final presentation of the day was left to Steve Good who provided a range of updates on the changes to RLSSWA Pool Lifeguard and the move to more online assessment as well as the proposed changes to the Pool Operations Training in 2015. The continued development of our training is critical and Steve's strong IT background has seen the programs developed and enhanced over the past two years. As the man responsible for LIWA Aquatics IT as well Steve was also able to update the delegates on the new website and improvements to the site. It was then back to our MC Chris Blankley to wrap up the day with his "Around the Pools" session which provides a great opportunity for all delegates to update the collective group on the past season and the plans for the season just around the corner. It is a lot fun and a great way to finish the day.Chris then thanked all the delegates for attending and singled out our corporate supporters Sigma Chemicals, Commercial Aquatics Australia, Shenton Engineering, KASA Consulting and Malcolm Thompson Pumps for taking the time to attend and support the event. He thanked the host venues, the Shire of Mukinbudin and the Shire of Manjimup for their support in "Maintaining the Network" in 2014.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:32

2014 Country Pool Managers Seminars

This year the LIWA Aquatics Country Pool Managers Seminars will head to Mukinbudin on the 22nd of October and then onto Manjimup on the 29th of October. These two venues have been chosen as they provide a great opportunity to see the diversity of facilities we have in regional Western Australia. It will be a great chance to network, see the transformation of the old Muka Pool and the innovations in place in Manjimup.
Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:44

Country Aquatic Seminars 2011

The first of two LIWA Aquatics of two Country Seminars for 2011 will be conducted in Perenjori on the 19th of October at the new refurbished aquatic facility. The second seminar will be conducted a week later on the 26th of October at the South West Sports Centre in Bunbury.
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 15:30

2010 Country Pools Seminar

The 2010 LIWA Aquatics Country Conference will be held on Wednesday 20th of October at the Katanning Recreation Centre.  The location of this year's conference will provide Great Southern, Wheatbelt and South West Managers to view the recently refurbished Katanning Aquatic Centre.
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:09

13th Annual Country Pool Managers Seminar 2009

This year the Narembeen Recreation and Aquatic Centre was the venue for the 13th Annual LIWA Aquatics Country Pool Managers seminar.  There was an excellent response to the seminar with over 35 people in attendance and considering the distance it was great to see delegates from as far away as Albany, Esperance and Norseman.
The Board of LIWA Aquatics is proud announce that once again we are able to bring an international speaker to present at the 2017 Conference and Trade Display. Becky Hulett will maintain our association with the United States and bring a different insight to this year's event. Jeff, Gary Johnson and I have seen both Becky present on a number of occasions and feel she will had great value to the conference. Becky Hulett is the Aquatic Supervisor for the City of Phoenix, she has 20 years' experience in the aquatics field. A graduate from Northern Arizona University, she began her occupation in the education field, but found her passion in Aquatics. She started her career by training and managing lifeguards. For the last eight years, she has had the opportunity to influence and lead the entire Aquatic Section for the Parks Department in Phoenix. She supervises three full time aquatic coordinators and oversees 65 pool management staff at 29 outdoor facilities.     Becky will present a number of presentations in her area of expertise including: •Implementing your vision• Mystery shopper – 'making it real'• Why lifeguard freeze• Lessons learned in PhoenixThe addition of Becky  to program this year will ensure LIWA Aquatics members are aware of latest world trends in our industry and the supervision of patrons and the training of lifeguards
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:32

2014 LIWA Aquatics Annual Conference Awards

The 2014 Conference Dinner once again provided the opportunity for the Institute to recognise both individuals and organisations that have contributed to the development of our industry. The after dinner presentations were highlighted by the presence of the Mia Davies MLA, Minister for Water; Forestry; Deputy Leader of the National Party of Western Australia who has joined us again this year to present awards to our new WaterWise Aquatics Centres.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:00

2013 LIWA Aquatics Annual Conference Review

Day One The 2013 Annual Conference broke all previous attendance records for the event and was highlighted by a colourful trade exhibition area, wonderful speakers and delegates from across the country.  With over 220 members attending across the two days of the event the rooms were full of our LIWA Aquatics family who were all focused on "Maintaining the Network".  Feedback for the event has been fantastic and planning has already begun for our milestone 45th Annual Conference.
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