- Remote Communities Swimming Pool Construction Program wins State-wide achievement award
- Six pools constructed in remote communities encourage healthy lifestyles
The State Government has been recognised for public service excellence with two awards in the 2015 Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Achievement Awards.
The Department of Housing won the Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non-Government Organisations award for its Remote Communities Swimming Pool Construction Program, a partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society WA.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said the triumph underlined the achievements that were possible through effective community partnerships.
"Providing important services to people in remote locations in the current financial climate is challenging, and the State Government will continue to explore similar collaborative projects to maximise benefits to regional Western Australia," Mr Holt said.
The swimming pool construction program was introduced in 1999 as a push to address health conditions affecting WA's remote Aboriginal communities.
"We constructed swimming pools in Yandeyarra, Jigalong, Burringurrah, Bidyadanga, Warmun and Fitzroy Crossing, with Royal Life Saving being awarded a commercial contract in 2000 to manage these facilities," Mr Holt said.
"Pleasingly, over time, the range of services has evolved from the initial provision of swimming pool management and maintenance services, to a holistic hub centred around the swimming pool facilities, bringing community-wide engagement."
An added honour at the awards ceremony was the naming of Department of Housing's General Manager of Strategy and Policy, Tania Loosley-Smith, as Policy Practitioner of the Year. Mr Holt said Ms Loosley-Smith was recognised for her leadership in strategic direction for affordable housing in WA, with the development of the State's first Affordable Housing Strategy.
- The swimming pools built through the Remote Communities Swimming Pool Construction Program had more than 45,000 visits in 2013-14
- Figures show that by offering swimming programs at the schools attendance has increased from 42% to 70%
- Special programs encourage wider community participation e.g. 'mums and bubs', disability group rehabilitation and seniors programs
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