Why 83 year old Warrigal Figtree resident Pauline Skellon practices sustainability

Sustainability spans the generations at Warrigal: Pauline Skellon and Shannon Khalifeh. Picture: Mark Newsham
Sustainability spans the generations at Warrigal: Pauline Skellon and Shannon Khalifeh. Picture: Mark Newsham

A gathering at Warrigal Figtree on Wednesday heard how one resident Pauline Skellon, 83, values and puts into practice long held principles of sustainability.

Mrs Skellon said it was something she learned many years ago. “My generation is used to saving energy, minimising water usage and switching lights off. We were doing these things before sustainability became a word”.

Pauline Skellon and Shannon Khalifeh. Picture: Mark Newsham

Pauline Skellon and Shannon Khalifeh. Picture: Mark Newsham

Among those interested in her experience was Warrigal’s new environmental sustainability officer Shannon Khalifeh, 22, who uses similar principles to deliver programs and initiatives across all of Warrigal’s community villages and residential care homes.

That commitment to sustainability was recently recognised when Warrigal won the ACSA (Aged and Community Services Australia) Award for Sustainability. It was for excellence in a range of areas that contribute to the quality of life of older people, people with disabilities and/or their carers.

Warrigal was also recognised as a Gold Partner of the Sustainability Advantage Program.

Environment minister Gabrielle Upton said Warrigal was one of only 13 organisations in NSW to achieve that honour. And the only aged care organisation.

New developments such as Warrigal Shell Cove incorporate sustainable design features including the use of water retention tanks, sensor activated lighting systems, natural lighting, solar orientation and water efficient fixtures.

Sustainable senior living: Warrigal Figtree resident Pauline Skellon has been practising sustainability for decades. Picture: Adam McLean.

Sustainable senior living: Warrigal Figtree resident Pauline Skellon has been practising sustainability for decades. Picture: Adam McLean.