Active Moreland has been acknowledged as a leader in environmental sustainability management and public safety after winning two awards in the 2013 Victorian Aquatic and Recreation Awards at Peninsula at Docklands, Melbourne in July.
Moreland City Council was awarded the Sustainability Award which recognises excellence in sustainability practices and improvement of energy and resources for initiatives implemented at Fawkner Leisure Centre.
Ebru Kilinic, a lifeguard and swimming teacher at Fawkner Leisure Centre, was awarded the Pool Lifeguard Award which recognises excellence and dedication to lifeguarding, customer service, leadership and commitment to safety.
The Awards have been running since 2001 and are the highlight of the aquatic and recreation industry recognising the achievements and contribution of the people, programs and facilities in the field. The event hosted over 600 industry guests, sponsors, representatives from Victorian local and state government, and VIPs.
This is the first year Aquatic and Recreation Victoria (ARV) has presented an award in recognition of sustainable practices.
“We’ve worked hard to adopt energy efficiency measures that have reduced our energy use and to be a leader in ensuring delivery of a carbon neutral Counicl,” Moreland City Council Mayor Cr Oscar Yildiz said.
Moreland’s Fawkner Leisure Centre was one of three facilities nominated for the Sustainability Award. To win facilities needed to demonstrate the steps taken towards reducing its carbon footprint.
Fawkner Leisure Centre successfully completed a significant energy retrofit in the last three years which has already resulted in a 6.1 tonne reduction of electricity, water and gas consumption. It is estimated that these upgrades and improvements will reduce 325 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year at Fawkner Leisure Centre.
Ms Kilinic was one of nine nominees who endured gruelling group interviews and practical assessments on lifeguarding and first aid skills as part of the award selection process.
“I’m grateful to be awarded just for doing my job”, she said in her speech when presented the award. “My job is great to watch so many people staying fit and active through swimming, and I’m pleased to say that we have been able to prevent any major incidents in the pool.”
Mayor Yildiz commented that Ms Kilinic gave the speech of the night at the Awards.
“This excellent achievement sets the benchmark for practices across all of Moreland and we our proud of our staff achievements” he continued.
Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool, one of Active Moreland’s seasonal pools, and Moreland’s Heartmoves program that aims to reduce chronic illness within Moreland were also finalists in the Awards.
For further information about Fawkner Leisure Centre’s energy reduction initiatives or Active Moreland, please visit activemoreland.com.au/flcsustainability or call the centre on 9358 6600.