National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards
Excellence in Facility Management
Regional Oasis Aquatic Centre
The Oasis Aquatic Centre was built in 2003. With being the biggest indoor centre within the Riverina, we are the largest provider of swimming lessons and programs within southern regional NSW. Approx. 4000 students attend our Swim and Survive program on a yearly basis. We are the home of the Wagga Wagga Swim Club, Asthma Swim Club, Waterpolo, Diving club, Swim and Survive program and a leisure facility for all of our community.
Wagga Wagga is a multicultural community as we’re becoming a popular place for refugees; we’re based along the Murrumbidgee, with Lake Albert as one of our attractions also. We’re a town heavily focused on sport and family culture. We have a large amount of population which tend to come and go with CSU University at one end of town and defence force bases at the other. We’re slowly growing as one of the biggest rural areas within NSW for families, which in turn is attracting the diverse groups to the area for the accessibility and the culture our community provides.
We are currently carrying out maintenance works on all indoor pools to repair expansion joints which is due to be finalised by May 10th. In the future we are looking at replacing tiles throughout the centre to improve the safety with a non-slip solution. Long term, our local council is looking at a Bolton Park Precinct plan to update the entire centre. This encases our Aquatic Centre and basketball stadium which is attached.
What it means
Winning this award for the Oasis would potentially help us with funding from different government bodies for further potential maintenance and/or facility improvements.
Describe how the nominee has provided a valuable contribution to their aquatic facility (e.g. assisted with training programs, mentored other lifeguards and trainees, gained additional awards, assisted with public relations events etc.).
Awarded a 5 star rating from RLSSA from November 2017 inspection. Meeting a number of 40 criteria to be awarded the 5 star status incorporated all areas within management and staff. Yearly updates with lifeguards on staff training and fitness assessments on a biannual basis to make sure our guards are suitable for maintaining a safe environment at all times.
Assisting with the River Safety Awareness scheme rolled out by RLSA (NSW) to promote safe water practices in our community.
Describe (and provide evidence) of improvements and/or achievements made in Facility Management over the past 12-18 months
Recently, we were awarded as a 5 star rated facility which has shown across the board our commitment to all aspects of management and operations throughout the centre. We are heavily focused on being an all-inclusive facility, within the last 12 months we have implemented a disability change room upgrade which has included a hoist which is wide enough to include the toilet, shower and change bed, which has fold-up sides and can be raised or lowered for ease of use. A visual blue seat and button have also improved the access to the toilet for those with visual impairment
Describe how the nominee has shown commitment to aquatic safety through Facility Management
The commitment to aquatic safety through our facility management includes keeping up to date qualifications and providing further education to staff and the public. We are able to do this through providing tailored classes for specific needs-whether it be our CALD community or private lessons for special needs students. We are committed to providing the best service we can for our community and providing our instructors and lifeguards with the knowledge to perform their job roles to the best of their ability.
Describe what barriers have been encountered by the nominee in Facility Management and how have they been overcome
With recent maintenance works scheduled within the facility for repairing expansion joints, management has had to change all programs to suit a limited amount of pool space. Management has been able to implement swimming lesson programs specifically to cater for the multicultural groups. This includes language and cultural barriers for staff to overcome and to be able to provide the correct education for improving water safety within our community. As Wagga Wagga is based along the Murrumbidgee, refugees’ coming into our community makes water safety a huge priority amongst our multicultural population.