Shoalhaven City Council’s Bay and Basin Leisure Centre has been recognised as an industry leader for improving the sustainability of its operations and taking out the Aquatic and Recreational Institute’s Environmental Sustainability Award.
The Sustainability Award was one of only five awards presented by the industry association at their annual presentation ceremony held in the Hunter Valley recently.
The Bay and Basin Leisure Centre is the largest of Council’s four leisure and aquatic centres and has won several awards in recent years, including Leisure Facility of the Year, State Learn to Swim School of the Year and AUSTSWIM Learn to Swim Program of the Year.
Centre Leisure Manager, Owen Sims said his team feels honoured to have won the award and have their hard work to improve the sustainability of the Centre’s operations recognised.
“Council is very mindful of its sustainably across all swim and fitness facilities,” Mr Sims said.
“At Bay and Basin Leisure Centre we are continually improving our sustainability processes across several key areas, including waste, water efficiency, energy consumption and purchasing.”
“The Centre’s unique position between the natural beauty of Jervis Bay and the bushland of the Tomerong State Forest sets it apart from many leisure centres located in urban areas, and is one of the key reasons for our sustainability program.”
“The Centre has been developed in a unique and fragile bushland setting which requires a diligent approach to environmental care.”
“This means that every development or programme that is implemented at the site must consider the impact that it will have on the natural bush setting.”
“Native flora and fauna are abundant and it is not uncommon to see the main entrance to the facility being shared by our customers and the various kangaroos and wallabies that inhabit the surrounding bush,” Mr Sims said.