The 2016 Country Seminar roadshow began in Collie on the 20th of October and wound up the following week on the 27th in Corrigin. Once again this year the event was very well supported by both members and the corporate sector of our industry with 70 delegates attending both events.

LIWA Aquatics Vice President Chris Blankley once again embraced the role of MC/Moderator of the Seminar and welcomed all members to the event with the advice that we were there to share and learn from each other. It is a key outcome of the regional forums that members get to discuss their issues within their cohort, be it with equipment servicing or ways to attract staff to the regions – the knowledge is often in the room.


The Corrigin Delegates

The delegates were then welcomed to Collie by Councillor Gary Faries who gave some background to the community's current development program and of course the major redevelopment of the Collie Mine Workers Memorial Pool. Venues for our regional seminars are traditionally based around the latest re-developments of the pool facilities as it highlights the improvements and importance of maintaining these valuable community assets. Collie was chosen this year has it gave its longstanding manager Maurice Dhue the opportunity to showcase his new pool to the industry for the first time.

As we all know Maurice loves to chat but more than that he is incredibly proud of his community and the pool he has managed for nearly 30 years – yes 30 years! The project was many years in the planning and had some hiccups along the way but the final outcome is a wonderful testament to the Shire of Collie, Brian McDonald from Wetdeck Pools and of course Maurice. Even with some push back from the community when the price was increased to $5.00 for an adult entry the attendance levels have increased nearly 50% on the same time the previous year.
Maurice is a great supporter of Watch Around Water and it is wonderful to see the information below at the top of the pools website page. Check out the site for more information.
The pool is also a 'Watch Around Water' pool. Children under 10 years of age will not be admitted without a parent or appropriate guardian of at least 16 years of age. All children under the age of 5 years must be within arm's reach of their accompanying adult at all times.


The Sparkling Collie Pool

After a most enjoyable site visit and some very nourishing scones with jam and cream the delegates participated in a range of presentations and workshops for the rest of the day that included relevant discussion on:
• The status of the industry 2015/16
• Dealing with conflict in the workplace
• Emergency response preparedness for remote operators
• Watch Around Water 2016/17 planning and development
• WorkSafe requirements for operating Continuous Airflow Inflatables
• Pool Lifeguard Training developments

At the end of each day Chris moderates a session that involves all delegates and gives them the opportunity to discuss the past season and the plans for the next. It is wonderful to hear from the members as they share the stories of attendance numbers, maintenance issues, program successes, weather events and plans for the future.


Maurice's New Plant Room

The following week the travelling roadshow headed for Corrigin on Wednesday to set up for the following morning at the Shires Resource Centre. The countryside was looking spectacular on the drive out and the fun of staying in regional motels followed by a pub meal is always worth the effort. There were a number of corporate members who enjoyed a night in the Wheatbelt and we thank them for their great contribution and attendance.

They included:
• Greg (First Class) Jones from Chadson Engineering
• John Shenton and Peter Lambert from Shenton Enterprise
• Mick Doughty and Ryan Glass from Commercial Aquatics Australia
• Ed Mordarski from Sigma Chemicals
• Justin Hitchcock from Austral Pools
• Ben Coyne from Vendart
• Sue Warner from Austswim

It is a big effort from these great supporters of LIWA Aquatics and we really value their attendance and support of the Wheatbelt and North West Seminars.

The Corrigin Seminar was opened by CEO Rob Paull who was effusive in his praise of not only the Shires Pool Manager, Rachel Bairstow but of the managers in the room and the role they play in their respective communities. It was incredibly refreshing to hear these articulated by a senior figure in local government and importantly that Rob clearly saw the value pools had to regional communities. His presentation highlighted the significant development that has been undertaken in the past 10 years at Corrigin which culminated with the opening of a hydrotherapy pool a couple of years ago.


2016 Delegates in Collie

The delegates then enjoyed a visit to the pool and facilities conducted by Rachel followed by a morning tea in the courtyard and chance to catch up and chat with managers from across the Wheatbelt. The rest of the day followed the same format as Collie and once again wound up with Chris's session of "Round the Pools". This year we had two great days in the country Maintaining the Network and I would like to thank all the delegates for attending, Maruice Dhue, Rachel Bairstow and Heather Ives and single out Steve Good, Lauren Nimmo, Tavis Doye and of course Chris Blankley for their continued support of LIWA Aquatics regional members.

See you next year.




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  • download RLSS State of Industry Report




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