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Three months into The Waves making a conservative effort to operate in a more environmental sustainable manner, I am pleased to report that already there has been clear benefits.  The most noticeable is the 9% reduction in our electricity bill from March 2017 until March this year.  Because of a Recycling Bar Procedure implemented a few weeks ago, the designated recycle bin allocated in each bar, are now used 80% of the time.  Great effort – and this is only early days.

I am embarking personally on a new project – I have named it The Planet Project.  Inspired by my daughter; it requires following the principles of the three R’s (and no, not Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, which for any of you old enough, would remember the three Rs as the foundation of the education programs in schools, a long time ago! No wonder so many of us carry confusion around our English language.)  Nevertheless, the more recent established three R’s, represent Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Called the three R’s of waste management, this waste hierarchy is the guidance suggested for creating a sustainable life. 

Other that the benefits this The Planet Project will have on our planet, this project will be made more exciting as I will be undertaking it with my daughter (34 years old) and granddaughter (14 years old). To challenge us further, our two households have committed to no purchasing of any items which contain plastic for the month of May. Well… when I refer to my household, I refer to me sharing what I perceived as a great idea with my husband, who in-turn will throw his head back while rolling his eyes, obviously not sharing the same excitement towards our project.

The First ‘R’ – Reduce

Collectively, Australian’s throw away approximately $2.9 billion of fresh food - $630 million of uneaten takeaway food - $876 million of leftovers - $596 million of unfinished drinks and $241 million of frozen food every year. Staggering! Our aim through The Planet Program is to only buy food as w not needed and car-pooling where possible.e need it and be creative with the ingredients we already have, reducing the carbon emissions caused by dumping these items.  Additionally, we will make a conservative effort to reduce the amount of washing we do (billions of micro plastics are emerged in the sea every week as our clothes are made from plastics to certain degree), turn lights and power-points off that are

The Second ‘R’ – Reuse

We have become a throw-away society, as it's quite often cheaper to buy a replacement product than pay for repairs. What I think is overlooked are the number of items that can be used by others. There are the obvious objects that we so kindly donate to charity, but items such as shredded paper and ground coffee beans are incredibly nutritious for our gardens, and there are always day-care centres happy to accept cereal boxes, egg cartons and the like. A few months ago, we donated some jigsaw puzzles, books and magazines to a local aged-care facility – how grateful they were. Now we must remember to take our own cup when we buy our takeaway coffee, print on both sides of the paper and keep making scribble pads from unwanted paper. Remember - “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

The Third ‘R’ – Recycle

Every year, the average Australian family produces enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom house, each person producing approximately 2.25 kg of waste per day. It is interesting then that there are very few materials on the earth that cannot be recycled. The secret is to learn which products can be recycled and choose our products carefully.  There are recycling stations that accept a whole range of things; making that effort to separate our waste and find these stations will be a challenge for two families that are time-poor. For me personally, it will be remembering to take my calico bags out of my car before I walk into the shops!

Five people (occupants of the two households) can make a difference - by refusing to buy items we don’t need, reusing items more than once, and correctly disposing of items that are no longer in use, we can contribute towards reducing our carbon footprint and in-turn, create a healthier and happier planet for ourselves and future generations.

With our principles and parameters in place, it will be interesting to see how our three generations brainstorm ideas and overcome the challenges this project is sure to present. 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

 

-Judi

 

 

 

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I’ve been employed as Marketing Manager for The Waves Sports Club since 2011 which was the same year The Waves began making a concerted and strategic effort to do all that was necessary to become a serious contender of the Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence. From the outset, all management and management committee eyes were on the two big prizes – Best Club Wide Bay and Club of the Year. Like other individual managers I too aspired for additional awards specific to my department.

And so that year we cooperatively went to work, bettering our service standards, our products, our offers, our member benefits, our community involvement and contributions, our operations, and our marketing, and when March of 2012 came around we collectively held our breath as the category for Best Club Wide Bay was announced and The Waves was voted in. With a live feed to the club, staff and members celebrated as we acquired one of the awards we set out for. We also took our Best Redevelopment (over $1M) that year.

The following year, and with a taste for it, we once again nominated for the awards, and with the experience from the year before, myself and the management team went to work on all new submissions. That year was bittersweet for us; sweet in that we were again awarded Best Club Wide Bay, but bitter as The Waves came runner-up or second runner-up for six other awards. We were close but clearly we were coming up short on crucial elements which the top clubs in Queensland were doing better. And so that year we studied, hard. We looked at what the best clubs were doing and decided we were going to set the standards from then on. And we did.

In March of 2014 we were again invited to the Awards for Excellence and as my first year in attendance I was honoured to be present as we took out five massive awards including Best Gaming Venue, Best General Sports Club, Best HR Practices, Best Club Wide Bay, and my very own department won Best Entertainment Venue. Again, via live feed to The Waves, the club erupted in celebration, award after award, and when we returned home with five trophies we mounted them proudly. This was our best year to date.

The following three years The Waves maintained top spot in areas of gaming, sports, and social, winning awards for each area. We were also fortunate enough to secure a second award for our next redevelopment, a second award for best entertainment, and by March of 2017 we had been awarded Best Club Wide Bay for the seventh consecutive year. We had achieved everything we had set out for and maintained it, but one small challenge still eluded us.

In November of 2017, with fire in our bellies we again went to work as a team with our 2018 awards submissions and we put our staff on red-hot alert to exhibit and demonstrate the best of themselves for any secret shopper that may be visiting the club. We were the best in Queensland, we just needed to prove it and the time was now for us to come home with the top award – Club of the Year.

In March of this year, 2018, we again sent a collection of our staff, management, and management committee to Brisbane Convention Centre for the awards ceremony. Now before I go into the details of that night let me take you 2137km east of where you are sitting right now to a lonely hill at midnight overlooking Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, because that’s where I was on the night of the awards. I was on holiday on the South Island and in my rental car I’d overshot my daily stop by 250km, and without enough petrol to turn back, and no hotels available in the next town, I had to sleep in my hired Corolla overnight on the side of the highway. I was freezing cold. It was 4 degrees that night and all 6ft of me was cramped into a 4ft space on a Corolla backseat. I was not happy. And then my phone buzzed.

As I unlocked my screen I was thrilled to find a message from our club Secretary, Tony, informing me we’d been awarded Best Club Wide bay for the eighth consecutive year, as well as Best Community Service, Best Multi-Sports Club, and Best Social Club. With four awards I quietly celebrated to myself and began to doze, and then my phone buzzed again. Our President, Gary had just taken out Club Director of the Year – something The Waves had hoped for him for many years. Gary placed second runner up in 2012 and runner up in 2014, and suddenly he was the winner. I flicked off a few text messages and updated the club’s social media but before I had a chance to put my phone down it buzzed one last time, “Josh, we just won Club of the Year!” I only had a few square feet of space to celebrate in, but let me tell you, I used every inch of it punching the air and doing a mini-dance (don’t laugh, we’ve all got one).

CLUB OF THE YEAR!

Three days later I caught my flight out of Dunedin and flew home to a club that now had an astonishing six new awards in its trophy case, and there it was, shining bright – The Waves Sports Club: Club of the Year, 2018. This was one of my proudest moments with The Waves. 

-Josh.



 

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Hello, firstly, let me introduce myself – I am commonly known as Jude, Judes or Judi. My position here at The Waves is the Chief Financial Officer and this year will mark my eighth year with The Waves Sports Club.  

I guess you could say I am the resident 'Greeny', 'Tree Hugger', or Animal Activist. Although I have always been very attuned to all things nature, my passion initially went into overdrive during the early 70’s (and if you are wondering, I was about 8 years old), when the clubbing of the baby harp seal (more commonly known as the southern fur seal), became highly publicised.  In short, through sheer determination to make a change, I spent countless hours campaigning, rallying, and writing endless letters to the Canadian Government demanding change. 

Eventually, in 1975, through the encouragement of millions of supporters across the globe, the Canadian and Peruvian Governments signed the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species banning the slaughter of these magnificent creatures. 

Since then, my focus has been on all things living, be it plant, human or animal, creating environments where frogs can survive, lady-beetles can thrive, and children can smell flowers and discover microorganisms.

And so you can only imagine my excitement when the Management Committee signed off on The Waves Environmental Sustainability Policy late last year.  Armed with a pledge which can be read on our sustainability web page The Waves has made a commitment to proactively become more environmentally aware and responsible in its business practices wherever achievable.

The initial step has been completed - gathering a team of dedicated like-minded warriors who have been given the mammoth task of brain-storming and implementing ideas, educating fellow-staff members and becoming role models within the industry.

I am hoping this journey will be both personally and financial rewarding, not only for the club, but to all those involved, and that as we progress, we take the tools and knowledge home with us and start to include them in our every-day lives to hopefully make even the slightest improvement towards our environment. It's also my hope that through this initiative we educate our children so they too can educate their children. I don’t think for one minute this is going to be an easy task, or that The Waves will ever be fully sustainable, but at some stage we must stop sticking our heads in the sand, and for The Waves, I'm proud to say that time is now!

Please follow our journey.

- Judi 

Posted on Environment & Sustainability