Day Two Conference 2011


Day two was opened by the President of LIWA Aquatics Jeff Fondacaro who introduced the Minister for Sport and Recreation Mr Terry Waldron.  The Minister welcomed delegates and spoke glowingly of the role aquatic facilities play in ensuing the health and wellbeing of Western Australians.  He also touched on the importance of the partnerships and the relationships LIWA Aquatics has established with not only the Department of Sport and Recreation but the Water Corporation, Curtin University and Royal Life Saving.  The Minister had come to officially launch the Leisure Institute Water Optimiser Calculator (LIWOC) at the Conference and with the need to be in Parliament he spoke of the project and its planned outcomes.  Jeff presented the Minister with a bottle of Thomas Estate Shiraz and some beautiful Jolly Goat coffee for making himself available today and then it was straight into the operation of the Calculator.

Jeff Fondacaro, Dave Millington & Terry Waldron

Dr David Deeley then took the delegates on a journey through the development of the calculator and how many different agencies had got involved and provided background information to the project.  It had taken just on two years to get the final product ready for industry with beta testing and trials to ensure its integrity.  The demonstration by Dave on how quickly scenarios can be run using the tool and the incredible savings that can be clearly demonstrated was amazing.  The tool will be rolled out to Local Government Facilities in the next few months and LIWA Aquatics members will be on hand to provide technical assistance if required.  Keep track of the latest news on how to obtain the calculator at LIWA Aquatics will try and work with other relevant state bodies to ensure the tool is available across Australia in the long term.

After morning tea the delegates were back into the plenary session for presentations from Swimming Australia on "Developing synergies to get the most from your facility".  A great deal of thanks must go to Graeme Stephenson and Simon Taylor for their contribution and attendance at this year's annual conference.   It was then onto a supercharged presentation full of interactivity, Facebook and Twitter talk from Mika Mania.  Mika lit the room up with her presentation on "Can you afford not to retain your members?" and left delegates with some great ideas of how to maintain and communicate with their members.


Mark and Tye Harper

The luncheon break provided the last opportunity for delegates to have their Trade Booklet signed for the chance to win some incredible prizes in the monster raffle that is traditionally drawn after the last session of the day.  The Esplanade catering staff provided some beautiful food for lunch and delegates spent the time networking with other managers and Trade Exhibitors.  It was a great end to the 2011 Trade Exhibition and both delegates and Trade representatives expressed very positive comments about the event.

The last session of the day was started with a presentation by Donna Pickett and Josh Collard from the Dookatj Consultancy and focused on "Cultural awareness in the workplace and the community".  Delegates were both respectful and attentive during the presentation that really looked at the way in which aboriginal people communicate with each other and the others outside their social and family circle.  The session provided a great insight into family relationships, discipline issues in the family group and the links to regions that aboriginal people have.  It was a great presentation and Donna and Josh did a wonderful job sharing their experience and promoting harmony and cultural awareness.

As is the norm for Tuesday afternoon the last sessions of the day focus on facility innovation and development.  This year we had an interstate flavour with two facilities in South Australia being featured.  The first was the new state aquatic centre in Marion with the pools being built by AVP Commercial Pools and the second was from Catherine Foreman from the City of Tea Tree Gully featuring the retrofit of Waterworld.

The major upgrade of Waterworld was costed at just under $9 million while the new state aquatic centre was well over $100 million but both facilities highlighted what can be done with planning and flair.  Clint Hall and Tye Harper did a great job on showcasing the Marion facility and the scale and scope of the works that went into the building of the pools, plant room and associated facilities.  I think it would be a must see on any pool operators visit to Adelaide.  Catherine likewise spoke with passion about the redevelopment of an aging facility that has seen income recovery, patron satisfaction and safety standards improved.  It was a great session to end two days of interaction and networking.


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