Scouts Australia wins 2010 savewater Award
Scouts Australia has been named as the winner of the 2010 savewater! Awards Community Groups section, for the ‘100 Year Water Tank Project.’ The award was accepted by National Chairman David Jones, at a gala awards ceremony in Sydney late last year.
The savewater! awards® are a prestigious event to recognise and reward businesses, governments, schools, local communities and individuals who excel in water conservation and efficiency.
The winners of the 2010 awards were selected from over 1200 applicants, from around Australia and internationally. The applicants were then narrowed down to just forty finalists and seven winners of the various sections. Winners were chosen on the basis of the water-saving project itself and the overall water savings achieved.
The Water Tank Project involved the installation of a 5000 litre tank on almost every Scout Hall in Australia – a total of 1097 Scout Halls. Each tank was connected to the toilets, thereby saving valuable potable water. This unique, geographically challenging, project was completed on time, on budget and without incident with all of the original objectives behind the project more than exceeded. In simple terms, this means that over 5.4 million litres are presently stored on those sites. In addition, a further 140 larger water tanks were installed on Scout campsites, storing another 5.2 million litres of water.
Following on from the success of the Water Tank Project, the next project to be undertaken by Scouts Australia is the proposed Solar Panel Project, which will see solar panels installed on every Scout Hall in Australia. This will make Scouts Australia the first National Scout Organisation to have Scout Halls self-sufficient in both water and energy.
Similar to the Water Tank Project, Scouts Australia has requested funding from the Federal Government in order to carry out the project. To assist in our request, we have received over 900 letters of support from Members of Parliament and have set up an online petition for Scouting members and the general public to show their support.
Also supporting Scouts Australia is former swimming champion and five time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe OAM. “It feels to me as though we have a great opportunity to lead the world here and to show that we are doing something in this area that is significant,” Ian said. “It can be a small step towards a sustainable future. It’s an extension of what the kids learn about their responsibility to protect the environment."
-- Lyndall Brown, APR Honorary Correspondent
Picture: National Chairman David Jones accepts the award at a gala ceremony, © Scouts Australia