Day 1

This year’s conference was once again very well supported by industry with over 245 delegates registering for the event that included 36 Stands in the Exhibition Area. There was plenty of colour, noise and excitement on Monday morning registration with delegates from all over the state flying in for the two days of presentations and trade exhibition. Once the event started it had a great energy and vibe as people with common interest catch up to discuss the past season as well as what is on the horizon for the next.

 The event this year was opened again by the Local Member for Bicton, Lisa O’Malley who represented Minister Mick Murray. Lisa knows our industry very well as she is a keen swimmer and former aquarobics instructor at the Fremantle Leisure Centre. In her opening address Lisa highlighted some of the key outcomes the Institute had achieved over the past 12 months in our partnerships with Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (previously known as the Department of Sport and Recreation), Water Corporation and Royal Life Saving.

Matt pavProudly sponsored by LINKS Modulation Solutions, the Key Note presentation on day one was delivered by Matthew Pavlich, a former Fremantle Dockers and AFL superstar. Matt discussed leadership, culture within a club and individuals having “The Stuff” to formulate being a great team player.

Afterwards he was much obliging to get selfies with numerous Dockers and AFL fans to show off on Facebook and twitter to their friends and family.

Morning Tea allowed the delegates to get around the trade exhibitors to collect their business cards and populate their holders to be eligible for prizes. This was a new concept this year and was well received by both delegates and trade exhibitors.

After morning tea the main room had split to run 2 separate streams. Stream A had Rael from Asthma Foundation WA and Tina Furse from Epilepsy Action Australia discussing what are the causes, triggers and some first aid knowledge in dealing with these conditions in an aquatic facility.

Stream B we welcomed back Ian Crawford who presented on Time to measure up! This session discussed Strategies and ideas to ensure that your team acts and performs to the level required. How to get high performers to step up even higher and lower performer to measure up. Again, a very engaging presentation by Ian.

Lunch Day 1 was in the traditional format of dining in amongst the traders providing the opportunity of delegates to wander the trade floor during the lunch period. Collecting the business cards, networking and gaining information on the latest and greatest in the aquatic industry.

After lunch we moved back into the 2 streams with Stream A discussing various emergency responses that facilities have recently faced, what happened, what was done and what was learnt from these incidences. Followed by a look into the world of Pop up swim walls and how Cockburn ARC approached the implementation of the wall into their facility. Working with clubs, programs and public swimmer to ensure the wall would be limited in distribution during installation and provide benefits to all users after installation.

In Stream B the session after lunch saw various facilities discuss the world of technologies and how they are engaging their patrons in their target market followed by facilities designs and how they are managed during the construction phase and how they have managed these facilities once built.

Presentations were now complete for day 1 and followed by the AGM and Conference Dinner and Awards night.

The AGM saw a few changings of the guard with Colin Hassell and Tony Head stepping away from the LIWA Board and Steve Good announced as the new Executive Officer of LIWA Aquatics. Ryan Scally was also appointed onto the board for the next 2 years.

Conference Dinner and Awards night

The dinner saw a few changes this year based on delegate feedback with the introduction of an a-La-Carte menu instead of Buffet dinner. The Pre-dinner drinks moved out of the Trade Area to the Pool Side Bar outside with the weather playing nicely turning out to be a lovely night and a breakout room with cheese board for those who wish to network further and escape the noise of the music and dancefloor.

President of LIWA Aquatics, Jeff Fondacaro played MC for the night and welcomed all guests to the dinner, awards, food, dancing and networking.

LIWA has a great partnership with Water Corporation and the first of the awards saw 6 facilities recognised this year as part of the Waterwise Program:

Waterwise Logo

  • The Shire of Ashburton - Onslow Aquatic Centre
  • The Shire of Augusta Margaret River - Margaret River Recreation Centre
  • The Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes - Bridgetown Leisure Centre
  • The Shire of Quairading - Quairading Memorial Swimming Pool
  • The Shire of Waroona - Waroona Recreation and Aquatic Centre
  • The Shire of Williams - Williams Swimming Pool

This is a great outcome and look forward to working with the Water Corporation to get more pools involved in the coming years.

To find out how your facility can become Waterwise head over to the Water Corporation website or click the Waterwise Logo

 The Watch Around Water Facilities of the year awards went to:

City of Albany and City of Canning for their innovative approaches to promote Watch Around Water at their facilities.

President’s Award
Sallie Watson - Presidents Award Winner 2018This year the President’s award went to a very deserving winner who works tirelessly in the training and development of people within the aquatic industry and most delegates would have been trained by her at some stage during their career. This year’s President’s Award went to Sallie Watson who has been in the industry for over 20 years and has received multiple awards by Royal Life Saving and across the industry. Congratulations Sallie.



Colin Hassell a long standing LIWA Aquatics board members had stood down from the board after many years of service and President Jeff Fondcaro personally thanked Colin for his contribution to the industyr over the years.  Colin was awarded a Crazy LIWA Tie in which Colin we will know will treasure due to his love of outrageous ties.

Tony AwardFinally the last award of the night was a Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to Tony Head.  Tony has a been a pillar of the industry for over 30 years and mentor to most in the industry.  He is unsurpassed in his knoweldge and passion of the industry. Whilst he has stood down from the Executive Officer role at LIWA he will continue to working in the industry in a part time role with Royal Life Saving working with the Remote Area Swimming Pools Managers spread throughout the northern parts of WA.



Day 2
LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro opened day two of the conference to a full room with many new delegates attending the second day of the event. Jeff focused his opening on many of the milestones that industry members had achieved over the past 12 months and highlighted the great support the Institute had from the Exhibitors in the Trade Exhibition and the continued relevance of the conference. He was also on hand to introduce the Keynote Speaker for Day 2.

Brian GreedyThe Keynote Speaker Brian Greedy got the morning off to a roaring start with his ice breaker which empowered some and embarrassed many others. Brian’s presentation provided delegates with a philosophical look into business, customers and staff with many tools that delegates could take away with them to apply at their own workplaces.

The Trade Exhibition Area was again the focus of all break outs during the conference and to see many new exhibitors this year was very gratifying. The Trade Exhibition is a very big draw card for delegates as it puts them in contact with suppliers and provides an opportunity to see the latest equipment or to discuss issues such as chemical delivery or new safety regulations. LIWA Aquatics is very proud of its ability to attract Exhibitors from across the country year after year and is grateful for this wonderful support.

Lunch on Day 2 saw a different format in which traders and delegates were all seated together in the Atrium Garden Restaurant for a buffet lunch. This change was well received as it broke with traditions to provide some new elements to the event.
The rest of the day was taken up with a range of varied presentations including Sustainable energies, current Water Resources from the Water Corporation, the latest on the Industry Hub and the GSPO and local data reports in Stream A.
Stream B saw Micka Michaela discuss Social Media and how we can promote our facilities, latest CERM PI data, then highlights on critical issues that our Regional WA facilities face.

gary johnson

The 2 rooms were re-joined for the last sessions of the day which saw Lauren Nimmo provide an update to Watch Around Water then finished the day with Gary Johnson delivering the concepts of Red Zone Training to a full room. Gary always keeps the room engaged and raised some important points that lifeguards and managers do not test their emergency response enough especially under pressure to prepare ourselves for a real-life event.

 It was then time for the President Jeff Fondacaro to wind up the 49th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition and Steve drew out the winners of some great prizes from the LIWA Aquatics raffle which this year featured two main draws. The Board of LIWA Aquatics proudly donated 2 major prizes one being $1000 and the other being $500 to spend with any of the Trade Exhibitors that participated in the conference.

Jeff thanked all the presenters, our key sponsors of the event in Links Modular Solutions, Chadson Engineering, Royal Life Saving, Sigma Chemicals, Trisley Hydraulic Services, Shenton Enterprises and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - Sport and Recreation. Finally, he signalled out the delegates who attended the conference this year for their contribution to our industry and Watch Around Water. It was then time to unwind and have a post conference drink courtesy of John and Tony from Shenton Enterprises. We look forward to seeing you all next year to help us celebrate 50 Years as the industries peak body.

Have a safe season and always Watch Around Water.

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