Olympic Gold Medalist Duncan Armstrong presented Noosa Aquatic Centre with the pool and spa industry’s highest sustainability accolade at the national SPLASH! Environmental Awards on 26 July 2012.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said Noosa Aquatic Centre took out the Commercial Pool category at the SPLASH! Environmental Awards.
“This award recognises the most water and energy efficient commercial or community swimming pool, complex or water park in Australia and takes the region another step closer to achieving our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Noosa Aquatic Centre is to be commended for their holistic approach to sustainability by implementing significant energy, water and waste saving initiatives.”
Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said Noosa Aquatic Centre plays an important role in the community and it is fitting that it has been acknowledged at such an elite level.
“The Noosa Aquatic Centre is well recognised as a leader in the industry through its implementation of a broad range of trailblazing environmental initiatives,” Cr Green said.
“The key initiatives undertaken include:
- installation of thermal pool blankets
- solar hot water for pool heating
- installation of variable speed drives to the circulation pumps
- rain water harvesting for use in amenities
- backwash water recycling methods allowing re-use up to 80% of all pool backwash water throughout the centre.
Cr Green noted that in the last 12 months these initiatives have resulted in net energy savings to council of 89,300 kWh, or the equivalent of 18.28 cars taken off the roads.
“The water saving initiatives implemented over the last four years has also helped save twelve million litres of water per annum, or the equivalent of filling six Olympic sized 50m pools every year.
“The award-winning Noosa Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art facility and I encourage the community to drop by and personally experience the centre for themselves,” Cr Green said.