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Kooindah Waters Laps Up Environmental Award Accolades

27 October 2006
Kooindah Waters Golf Club on the NSW Central Coast has been awarded the Wyong-Tuggerah Chamber of Commerce Environment Award for 2006. The award is presented every year to the business that performs above compliance and can show environmental sustainability within the local Wyong-Tuggerah business community.

Kooindah Waters is home to superintendent Dean Scullion who has implemented the e-par® environmental management system (EMS) to help in his day-to-day course operations. Scullion came on board at Kooindah during the construction of the course in 2004 and has since taken over as superintendent following its opening in late April 2006.

Scullion was part of the Kooindah Waters contingent to attend the Chamber of Commerce’s annual ball where the environmental award was presented to Kooindah marketing manager Priscilla Page by the Federal Member for Dobell, Ken Ticehurst. The event was attended by Wyong Shire councillors, local businesses and community leaders.

“Although this is a small award we feel very proud to have won and it demonstrates our continued efforts to communicate to the local community our commitment to environmental management best practice,” says Scullion.

“E-par® has enhanced Kooindah Waters’ reputation as a leader in environmental management and responsibility. Our programme has created enthusiasm among maintenance staff and clubhouse staff, with all now involved in our achievements.

“I would like to thank all who have been involved with this golf course, both construction and maintenance, for helping Kooindah Waters to be a model of environmental sustainability within the golf industry. It is my goal to communicate the environmental value that golf and golf courses have within their local communities and that the opinion that golf clubs are environmental vandals is completely reversed.”

The e-par® EMS forms the basis of the AGCSA’s Environmental Management Initiative which was recently launched across the country. The initiative makes available to all golf clubs and their course superintendents an easy-to-understand unique EMS and free support workshops to build and implement EMS programmes. Over 100 clubs were involved in the first round of workshops which were held in October.