Smoke Free campus
The ASC implemented a new Smoke Free Workplaces and Premises Policy on 1 January 2016, to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and visitors to the AIS campus in Bruce. All staff, visitors and contractors must comply with this policy which restricts all smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on the AIS campus. Smoking is only allowed in six designated outdoor areas and new signage was installed to identify these areas. Through the Smoke Free Policy, the ASC aims to support healthy lifestyle choices and prevent exposure to environmental tobacco smoke across the AIS campus.
Enhanced national facilities
Throughout 2015–16, the ASC has enhanced facilities across Australian locations to better support the Sporting Schools program and NSO Centres of Excellence. Offices in Sydney and Adelaide were upgraded to provide improved meeting and communications facilities, including video conferencing, for use by the Sporting Schools program, NSOs and ASC staff. Fit-out works were completed at the AIS campus in Bruce to assist NSOs including Netball Australia, Volleyball Australia and Taekwondo Australia to streamline administration. These improvements allow NSOs to better support elite athletes permanently based at the AIS or visiting during high performance camps.
The ASC operates facilities, sports training and residential services and delivers activities for high performance NSO programs, sporting groups and commercial visitors to the AIS campus in Bruce. The ASC also operates strategic sports training facilities at Pizzey Park and at the AIS European Training Centre.
During 2015–16, the ASC undertook a number of key facility refurbishment projects to maintain and improve the high-quality training environment at the AIS and to enhance facilities in support of Australia’s Winning Edge. Other works included improved signage and brand exposure and continued improvements to site safety, security and energy consumption. Project examples include:
- AIS Basketball and Netball Centre – installation of a flooring upgrade to state of the art FIBA accredited ActionCush II Plus, new electrical and data cabling for the timing and score boards and installation of LED lights.
- AIS Athletics Track and Field Centre – completion of the concrete terrace viewing area, accessible shower block, kitchenette and new shade structures at the track start and finish lines.
- AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre – installation of new shade structure covering the courtyard between pools and installation of new starting blocks and sound system.
- AIS Football Centre – new office fit-out for Football Federation Australia (FFA) referees and upgrading of car parking and security facilities at the Football Centre of Excellence.
- Multi-fields – reconfiguration of the change room layout to provide four change rooms to support the FFA Centre of Excellence athletes and other users of the adjoining fields.
- Childcare Centre – construction of replacement storage sheds and upgrade of the landscaping for the rear playing area.
- AIS Visitor Centre – upgrade of Sportex including re-configuration and replacement of interactives.
On 5 May 2016 the AIS campus at Bruce became a ‘Designated Area’ under the National Capital Plan. As a result, all planning approvals are processed through the National Capital Authority (NCA), including fixed infrastructure and external equipment for short-term events.
Environment and heritage
The ASC Environmental Sustainability Policy was revised in March 2016 and is based on the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 1401:2015). The Policy outlines the ASC’s commitment to sustainable development and to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment.
Throughout 2015–16, the ASC monitored its energy and water usage and implemented specific environmental initiatives. Key activities and achievements included:
- continued implementation of the lighting upgrade program to install energy efficient LED lighting and improved lighting control systems across internal facility and external lighting
- implementation of a 60/40 split for recycling and general waste bins across all work areas on the AIS campus
- implementation of two cardboard recycling stations to provide a high-value uncontaminated recycling stream
- operation of the organic waste recycling program, including four worm farms on site accepting approximately 900kg of organic waste each week
- development and scoping of an initiative to produce worm farm fertiliser bi-products for use as an alternative to commercial grade fertilisers within the ASC horticulture program.
The ASC has continued to enhance its capability to identify and manage its buildings and artefacts of heritage or cultural significance. In 2015–16 the ASC has:
- continued operation of the ASC Heritage and Culture Committee (HACC) to oversee the ASC’s heritage commitments, including appointment of two independent HACC members, Petria Thomas OAM, Olympic swimmer and NSO employee and Greg Blood, sports historian and ASC staff alumni
- developed the Heritage Strategy 2016–2019 which maintains compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- completed cataloguing of ASC heritage and cultural items
- undertaken Heritage Assessments of three buildings in preparation for capital works approvals by the NCA
- demonstrated commitment to Indigenous reconciliation through sport with the erection of an Acknowledgement of Country in the AIS Visitor Centre
- erected a memorial plaque and ‘Lone Pine’ tree outside the AIS Visitors Centre to commemorate the sportspeople who have been casualties of war
- managed and maintained its heritage collection, including accepting transfer of 12 official gifts of sport and Olympic memorabilia from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
No property with heritage values was acquired or disposed of during 2015–16.
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- 12% decrease in electricity usage compared to 9-year average
- 3.6% decrease in natural gas usage compared to 9-year average
- 9.5% decrease in water consumption compared to 9-year average
- Number of kilograms of waste recycled through worm farm each week - 900