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SPASAVIC COVID Circuit breaker post 3 June 2021MELBOURNE METRO: Outdoor Work Permitted At Occupied Premises With Restrictions Remaining In Place For A Further 7 Days
Until 11.59pm on Thursday 10th June, there are still only five reasons to leave home:
• shopping for food and supplies
• authorised work and study
• care and caregiving
• exercise
• getting vaccinated
Services that operate solely outdoors, where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, are permitted for up to five people (with an additional supervisor) for businesses with an ABN, including at occupied premises.
SPASAVIC is encouraged by the response from the department to allow contractors on-site on occupied premises under Covid guidelines. Our discussions with departmental heads has been positive and will continue as we navigate our way through this environment.
Other restrictions, including mask wearing, will remain.
REGIONAL: Restrictions will begin easing from 11.59pm tonight, however it is mandatory for retail businesses that are open in regional Victoria to check the identification of everyone they serve.
It is now also mandatory to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service.

7 day circuit breaker restrictions postRegarding this 7 Day COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Restrictions:

Building Works Allowed To Continue ✅

Pool Shops - Click & Collect ✅

Pool Service - Emergency Works Only ✅

Manufacturing can continue ✅

From 11:59pm tonight, Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions, meaning there will only be five reasons to leave home:

  • Food and supplies
  • Authorised work
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person
  • Vaccination

Face masks must be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home. 

These settings will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June 2021.

Read Today's Statement From The Acting Premier which includes a list of authorised workers HERE

How the great Australian backyard became an al fresco paradiseThe great Australian backyard used to be fairly simple: a few shrubs, a tree, a barbecue, a banana lounge and a clothes line. No worries.

Now, the dream backyard has turned into something of an al fresco paradise. Not only is its feature a palatial swimming pool, surrounded by sleek furniture and household appliances, the whole space is heated. You could mistake yourself for being in Miami.

It’s a trend that has been developing for some years but COVID-19 lockdowns and the millennial taste for luxury has strengthened it in 2021.

Out From the Blue landscape architect James Lascelles says people have been turning their backyards into luxury retreats for a few years.

“Twenty years ago the word ‘al fresco’ was never heard but now it’s on every architectural plan that comes through,” says Lascelles.

“The fact people aren’t travelling now means they’re sitting around staring at their ugly gardens and want to create something pleasant that’s partially outdoors, partially indoors and they have the money because they’re not going on holidays.”

Key features in the backyard revolution include a pool, outdoor dining and lounge furniture, heaters that are either overhead or in fire pits, built-in barbecues and kitchenettes. Some also have wine cellars and spas.

“COVID has brought it all to a peak which is a problem in some ways because the really good builders are booked out at least until Christmas and prices have also gone through the roof because a lot of the raw materials have longer lead times so are less available,” he says.

Freedom furniture buyer Kylie Burgon says consumers see little difference between indoor and outdoor furniture.

“We’re seeing cushions that can be used indoors and outdoors and we’ve almost doubled the outdoor rug category because it’s been so successful,” Burgon says.

“It’s about making the outdoor space feel homely and warm in a way we haven’t seen before. People want to be outside all year round so we’re selling outdoor furniture in winter which never used to happen. Sales usually drop off at the end of the summer season but it’s been phenomenal this year because we actually didn’t have enough stock and have had to expand our outdoor range quite significantly.

“There’s a real sense that it doesn’t look like an outdoor space. It’s just another room of the house.”

Pool and Spa Association of Victoria chief executive Chris Samartzis says his members are more commonly being asked to create outdoor entertainment zones rather than just a pool.

“It’s no longer just a hole in the ground for the pool,” Samartzis says.

“The designs are exceptional and this trend is no longer the domain of the inner east or [Mornington] Peninsula. There’s a massive uptake in the outer suburbs as well.

“It’s a blend of a ‘staycation’ mentality, cheap money because of low interest rates and the wellness aspect is huge as well which has a big focus on aquatics.”

Builder Luke Sheahan has always wanted to create an oasis on a large block in Eltham, in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, where he lives with his wife and three children.

“I wanted to create a place where we’d never have to leave home,” Sheahan says.

“We were spending so much time at home because of COVID and decided to make our house as good as possible because we still want to spend as much time there as we can.”

Their backyard now features a tennis court, decking with an infinity pool and overhanging garden. Adjacent is a sunken lounge, spa, fire pit and a pool house along with a putting green.

“The pool house will allow us to stay outside in that area for as long as we like and the fire pit and spa makes this a place to enjoy throughout the year,” he says.

“We’re using the backyard so much now, and we want to make it a place where people want to spend time.”

Read this article in full written by Catherine Lambert and published in The Age on 19 May 19 2021 HERE

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Swimming pool built by SPASAVIC Member - Striking Pools

How hydrotherapy can ease your painThrough the ages, people have flocked to beaches, lakes, rivers, pools and showers to enjoy the revitalising effects of water.

The practice might be ancient, but the hydrotherapy industry is relatively new, and the science around its health-giving benefits still relatively unknown.

Hydrotherapy is about the healing power of water and can provide relief for those suffering from chronic pain.

Jo Rankin is a Melbourne-based APA Physiotherapist with some 30 years’ experience.

For the past 20 years she has been using hydrotherapy to treat patients for a broad range of medical conditions.

Ms Rankin is currently a director of Hydrotherapy Solutions, a leading hydrotherapy practice with pools in northeast Melbourne.

Hands-on treatment

“Hydrotherapy, or Aquatic Physiotherapy, involves exercise and hands-on treatment in water heated to 34ºC,” she explains.

“It’s an extremely versatile form of treatment for all ages – it is possible to carry out very gentle or quite strenuous exercise, and it can begin early in your recovery or well down the track.

“In a heated hydrotherapy pool tissues get more flexible and this helps to reduce pain.

“Multiple issues and areas of the body can be addressed within the one treatment session, with a supportive and social environment further contributing to holistic care.

“With hydrotherapy, people can enjoy exercise and move more freely with less pain.”

Ms Rankin says hydrotherapy can assist with the treatment of arthritis, back or neck pain, pre and post-surgery, fractures and trauma, work related injury, sports injury, cancer, mobility and balance.

And you don’t have to be able to swim to participate.

“Even people who think they don’t like being in the water quickly change their minds as they reap the benefits of warm water hydrotherapy.”

Facilities must be built to the highest possible standards

Chris Samartzis, CEO of SPASAVIC (the peak body of the pool and spa industry in Victoria), says it is vitally important that people who use hydrotherapy pools feel safe and confident in the facility.

Hydrotherapy facilities must be built to the highest standards of Master Craftsmanship accreditation, with the latest innovations to help patient recovery, Mr Samarzis says.

“For all of us, the positive that comes with partnering with health institutions means we are helping our communities maintain their wellbeing and be able to spend time with each other which has benefits for all concerned.”

Standard hydrotherapy sessions run for 1hr and may be eligible for private health fund and Medicare physiotherapy rebates.

It is advisable to seek professional advice from a GP or qualified physiotherapist before beginning hydrotherapy treatment.

For more information:

Read this article in full HERE

Hero 600As a proud member of SPASAVIC and celebrated winner of the 2020 Best Innovative Pool or Spa Award of Excellence, Personal Pools built this luxury swimming pool at the $7.08m property that is now owned by pop star Tones & I.

The below excerpt is taken from the original article written by Alanah Frost of on 15 Apr 2021

Pop star Tones and I has snapped up another multimillion-dollar property on the Mornington Peninsula, dropping $7.08m on a luxurious Mount Eliza pad with a dazzling basement lounge.

Title documents name the Dance Monkey singer — who also goes by Toni Watson — as the buyer of the OTT mansion with a pool and spa, and marble kitchen with a $150,000 oven.

The property, which has coastal views looking towards the city skyline, was first listed in 2020 for $8m-$8.8m. CoreLogic records show it sold for $7.08m earlier this year.

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom property is set on a whopping 2500sq m block and has more than 800sq m of living space across two main levels, plus a tennis court, sunken fire pit and bar.

It also has a basement to rival the most indulgent of hotels, with colour-changing light fixtures, a wine lounge, glass doors that open onto a 3000-bottle wine cellar, and an underwater view of the pool.

Her worldwide hit Dance Monkey, which was released in 2019, broke the ARIA Singles Chart record for most weeks at No. 1 after 24 weeks in the top spot.

It also reached No. 1 in more than 30 other countries and became the first Aussie song to top streaming platform Spotify’s prestigious Global Chart.

The singer famously lived out of her van, and then in a hostel rent-free, in 2018 after quitting her retail job at Southland to move to Byron Bay, where she was discovered as an artist.

Read this article in full HERE

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RACV’s Royal Auto magazine recently quoted SPASAVIC CEO, Chris Samartzis, and SPASAVIC Member, Rainwise Pools Melbourne, on ways to make your pool more sustainable.

Whether you already have a pool or are considering a plunge into pool ownership, there are many ways to make your private splash zone more sustainable. From solar-powered pumps to thermal covers that maintain temperatures and reduce water evaporation, here’s how to improve your pool’s eco credentials.

1. Make it 'Water Neutral'

For aspiring pool proprietors who are concerned about water and energy usage, water-neutral pools offer an easy solution. Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASAVIC) CEO Chris Samartzis explains that water-neutral pools use a combination of water-saving and water-harvesting devices – such as water tanks to collect rainfall to top up the pool, and backwash-minimisation systems – to minimise environmental impact by reducing the amount of overall water needed to maintain a swimming pool. Water-neutral pools also deliver cost savings through reduced chemical, energy and water use. “This is something that pool owners are concerned about,” says Juliana Styles, co-founder of Rainwise Pools Melbourne, which took home the Water Neutral Pool Program Award at the 2020 SPASAVIC Awards of Excellence. “The fact that a water-neutral pool is not only environmentally friendly but will save the pool owner money is a great incentive.”

2. Use Eco-Friendly Technologies

Making use of eco-friendly accessories, such as LED lighting instead of traditional halogen globes, is another way to make your backyard pool a little greener. LED lamps use less than a quarter of the power used by traditional halogen bulbs and last longer too, so you’ll save money on new bulbs. They’re also easier to automate and can be set to a timer which can be controlled from your phone. “New pools come with LEDs as standard,” says RACV’s trade training manager Andy Anderson. “But if you have an older pool, it’s worth having a qualified electrician convert the halogens to LEDs.”

3. Harness the Sun

One of the most eco-friendly (and budget-savvy) ways to heat your pool is to use solar power. “Installing an extra 2-3kW of solar panels, above your standard requirements, is sufficient to cover the cost of running a pool and accessories – such as the pump, filter etc,” says RACV Solar CEO Andy McCarthy. “Setting the pool pump on a timer, generally between 10am and 3pm in summer, ensures you are using your excess solar power, and will save you more money.”

If you don’t have enough roof space for both solar panels and pool heating, Andy says it’s possible to install solar panels over the pool heating. “It requires a specific system, so it’s best to contact a solar expert who has experience with these types of projects,” he says.

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Above: Cookes Pools & Spas' eco-friendly design, which used thermal pool cover (pictured above with cover open and closed) and recycled bearings for the pool’s circulation system.

4. Invest in a Thermal Pool Cover or Solar ‘Bubble Blanket’

Covering a pool when it’s not in use is a simple yet effective way to reduce our carbon footprint. “Aside from providing insulation and convenience, swimming-pool covers can help with heat retention, reduce evaporation, and maintain chemical balance,” says Chris Samartzis. While all pool covers will prevent water evaporation, thermal covers are designed to withstand strong UV, which means they last longer and have greater insulating properties, which will save you on heating costs. Look for thermal covers with the highest R value (thermal resistance) you can afford. 

Alternatively, solar covers – also known as bubble blankets – contain air pockets that absorb heat from the sun and transfer it to the water, heating your pool. A good solar cover can heat your pool by up to eight degrees, however they are not as effective as thermal covers at retaining heat overnight. Typically more affordable than thermal covers, solar covers tend to have a shorter lifespan.  

Chris says the most advanced pool covers can even transform into an over-pool roof at the press of a button to provide shade when you're in the water.  

5. Install Self-Cleaning Systems

You can also turn up the eco factor by installing a self-cleaning system. Chris explains that in-floor cleaning systems use water circulation to reduce chemical usage and keep swimming pools clean, without the need for regular hand vacuuming or any other cleaning. “As well as reducing maintenance time, in-floor cleaning systems also reduce running costs and limit the need for excessive chemicals being added to the pool,” he says. “And because the system returns treated water to the floor of your swimming pool, loss of heat and chemicals from the water’s surface is greatly reduced.”

He says many systems are fully automated, which means they switch off when the cleaning is complete. This also saves energy as you won’t be running your cleaning system for any longer than needed.

6. Make it Smart

Much like smart technology for inside your home, smart pool systems enable you to automate your pool’s essential functions – including the pool pump, cleaning system, lighting, heating and even chlorine levels. Smart tech can help reduce your energy bills by eliminating excess usage due to accidentally leaving your pump running too long or forgetting to turn off the lights.

Maleco Pool Spas award winning multi purpose pool cover and shade system This fully automated Neptune Swimming Pool has an in floor self cleaning system that can be operated via Smartphone

Left (above): Maleco’s award-winning multi-purpose pool cover and shade system.
Right (above): Neptune Swimming Pools' fully automated pool has an in-floor self-cleaning system that can be operated via Smartphone

7. Don’t Overheat It

For most pools, the ideal temperature is 25 to 28 degrees. According to, each degree rise in temperature adds 10 to 30 per cent in energy costs. To save on energy costs, reduce the temperature or turn off the heater altogether whenever the pool won’t be used for several days or longer.

8. Don’t Overuse The Pump

According to, a pool pump running 24 hours a day can produce as much greenhouse gas as a large car over a year. To reduce emissions and costs, use a timer to manage your pump’s running time, and run it off-peak (to take advantage of cheaper power rates) at the lowest recommended speed for maintaining correct pool hygiene. 

To keep your pump running as efficiently as possible, also recommends regularly cleaning the skimmer basket, pump basket and filter and keeping your intake grates clear of debris. The website also advises to: “Purchase a minimum five-star energy-efficient pool pump from the list of pool pumps participating in the government’s voluntary labelling program. Although it may feel like you’re splashing out, buying a high-efficiency pump will save you energy and money over the long term in running costs. The more stars the better.”

Article written by Tianna Nadalin. Published by RACV RoyalAuto.
Read it in full HERE

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