As announced on Neil Mitchell’s 3AW Melbourne radio program this morning, SPASA Victoria are today elated at the State Government’s decision to implement a mandatory pool and spa barrier inspection program in place of the proposed retrospective barrier legislation.
This decision comes after a long-running campaign by SPASA Victoria - and other leading industry stakeholders - who have stridently promoted the importance of a mandatory pool and spa barrier inspection program in Victoria for many years.
It was only six months ago that SPASA Victoria - along with many other industry stakeholders - were shocked at the Government’s announcement of proposed legislation which would compel pool and spa owners to comply retrospectively with safety barrier laws, forcing thousands of people to endure the inconvenience and expense of re-fencing their pool and/or spa areas for no guaranteed improved safety outcome.
“It is with delight that the decision to implement a mandatory barrier inspection program and reverse the proposal of retrospective barrier legislation has been made by the State Government,” says SPASA Victoria CEO, Brendan Watkins.
“We are pleased that the Andrews Government has listened and respected the research, knowledge and experience of those within the pool and spa industry. After many years of being ignored on this topic, this is a victory for SPASA Victoria as well as all of the industry stakeholders, particularly Kidsafe and Lifesaving Victoria. A mandatory pool & spa barrier inspection program will save lives.”
After years of heavy media promotion along with highly strategic behind-the-scenes advocacy, the hard work and passion of those within the pool and spa industry has finally paid off.
The Andrews Government will introduce this new legislation to parliament in June, and the new mandatory pool and spa register and inspection regime will be in place by the 2019 summer season.
Under this regulatory overhaul, households will need to register their pool or spa with their local council and declare their pool barriers compliant. A regular regime of inspections as frequent as every three years will then be enforced.
Victorian Government Media Release - Overhaul To Keep Kids Safe Around Pools And Spas
SPASA Victoria Media Release - SPASA Victoria Claims Victory - 6 April 2018
For further information please contact:
Brendan Watkins, CEO SPASA - 0417 385 929
Former AFL star Nick Stevens faces an investigation by the State building watchdog amid claims he owes substantial money to suppliers and has ripped off Mildura pool buyers.
The investigation centres on allegations his business ‘Leisure Pools Mildura’ installed swimming pools without permits. Police spokesperson Alex Day states in yesterday’s Herald Sun article that, “Police are investigating reports of alleged deception”.
Sunraysia Daily News claims, “Several customers who paid deposits to ‘Leisure Pools Mildura’ have been left with incomplete pools. Fibreglass pool shell supplier ‘Leisure Pools and Spas Manufacturing’ said it received complaints and now alleges the former Carlton and Port Adelaide player owes it a significant amount of money.”
For consumers who are about to undertake the exciting journey of building a swimming pool or spa, it is recommended that they carefully read the important information contained in the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA) website: www.spasavic.com.au/about-us/consumer-advice
CEO of SPASA, Brendan Watkins, says “The only way consumers can ensure a seamless construction of their backyard pool or spa is to contract a registered Pool Builder Member of SPASA Victoria. There are many industry-unique regulations, safety issues and mandatory insurances that come as standard with a VBA-registered Pool Builder.”
“Those that cut corners and go ‘Owner Builder’ - or worse - don’t obtain permits, are exposing themselves to significant safety and financial pain. The association publishes a large array of free consumer advice, found HERE,” Mr Watkins said.
Here are the three questions consumers should always ask of their practitioner prior to engaging them:
SPASA Victoria members are at the forefront of the industry in regards to their experience, professionalism and reputation.
Bound by the Association’s strict Code of Ethics, all SPASA members have a demonstrated history of successful ethical trading and knowledge appropriate to their membership category. Consumers should look for the SPASA member logo to ensure they are dealing with an industry professional.
SPASA Pool Builder Members are pool builders with appropriate experience, practitioner registration and insurances. In order to become a member of the association they are required to demonstrate exemplary trade and consumer references.
SPASA Pool Builder Members also agree to perform all work in accordance with Australian Standards, and to meet all legal requirements. Only SPASA Pool Builder Members can issue you with a SPASA contract.
Anyone involved in a building project deserves to be confident in the practitioner they engage. It is in the best interests of practitioners AND consumers that only registered practitioners are used. Always check that your practitioner is registered.
If a building practitioner is not registered, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) can prosecute through the court system. The VBA website holds registration details of all registered practitioners, so it is easy to verify that a registration is current and that the practitioner is appropriately qualified to conduct the task for which they are being employed.
If you become aware of anyone offering to provide services without being registered, or you suspect there may be a registration issue, you can contact the VBA via the website or by phone on 1300 815 127.
Details of all Registered Building Practitioners are available on the VBA website at www.vba.vic.gov.au
With Melbourne’s property market predicted to climb by up to 12% in 20181, renovators are set to flock to the SPASA Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 2 – 4 February 2018.
As experts estimate, pools can add a minimum of $140,000 to a property’s value2 . Melburnians are expected to ride the wave of home renovation to record returns in 2018.
Consumers looking for the latest and greatest in pools, spas and landscaping solutions are set to come in droves to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Pool & Spa Expo this February. From homeowners seeking to add value to their properties and families eager to make the most of scorching Summers, the Expo is perfect for outdoor renovation inspiration.
Promising to provide inspiration from the backdoor to the back fence, the Outdoor Design Junction welcomes the industry’s best high-end pool and landscape designers, as well as an array of suppliers showcasing their most premium wares.
Back by popular demand, The Show Garden brings the Junction to life as a collaboration of renowned talent showcase their design capability. Headlined by esteemed landscape designer Justine Carlile, the space will feature a stunning garden complete with a deck, pool, pergola and bench seating - designed so that consumers can visualise the potential for their own outdoor environment.
With new features from over 80 exhibitors, visitors can expect to dive into a world of the latest innovations in:
And of course, every kind of pool imaginable - from concrete to fibreglass, seamless in-ground, stunning glass-edged and much more!
“We are seeing an increased demand for the trend we call ‘leisure-scaping’. Home renovators are looking for holistic outdoor solutions that integrate entertaining spaces with slick design, statement water features and areas to recline and relax. That is why we have united the best landscape designers, pool builders and premium outdoor accessories in one place at the Pool and Spa Expo”, says Expo Director Marie Kinsella.
“Not only have we given home renovators the tools to create their dream outdoor space, we have engaged Justine to show visitors how easily all these elements can be combined in the feature Show Garden”.
In addition to an estimated 30 pools and spas on-site, guests will also get the chance to speak to seasoned experts and attend free seminars on the best renovation solutions to suit their lifestyles and budgets.
For full information on all exhibitors, products and to book tickets, visit www.spasashow.com.au
Dates: Friday 2 February – Sunday 4 February 2018
Venue: Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre
Times: Friday 2 February – 12noon – 8pm Saturday 3 February – 10am – 7pm Sunday 4 February – 10am – 6pm
Presale ticket prices: Book at www.spasashow.com.au/tickets
Children under 16 Free
Tickets at door $19.50
The more fitness facilities close to your home, and the further you are from the nearest takeaway, the healthier you are likely to be, experts say.
Those with at least six facilities close by had a 1.22cm smaller waist circumference, BMI of 0.57 points lower, and body fat percentage that was 0.81 per cent lower, on average.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers looked at 400,000 UK adults aged 40 to 70 and say urbanisation is a key driver of obesity.
Here are two articles relating to this report:
If you're in the market to improve your health and lifestyle - as well as the look of your backyard - don't miss SPASA Victoria's Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo, on at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from Friday 2 February to Sunday 4 February 2018.
The demand for pools, spas, landscape design and water features is growing, with many Australians turning what was once an uninspiring and neglected space into their own backyard oasis.
“A swimming pool or spa is now considered a ‘must have’ addition to any new or renovated home, as Australians are increasingly spending more time entertaining and socialising in the privacy of their own backyard,” said Brendan Watkins, CEO of SPASA.
“The SPASA Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living is the biggest consumer event in the industry and is the place for prospective buyers to see, experience and compare a myriad of innovative ideas which can help transform their backyard into a unique outdoor haven,” he added.
Come along to get expert advice and the best deals on swimming pools, spas, swim spas, pool equipment, heaters, automated cleaning systems, accessories and landscaping ideas to help create your dream backyard.
With an extensive range of products, services and industry experts on hand, the time spent visiting the show could be the best investment you'll make all year. Compare the latest range of swim spas and portable spas and find out more about the therapeutic and health benefits of modern day spas. Compare all the options in pools from concrete to fibreglass, above ground and pre engineered pools.
A series of free seminars held across the three days of the show will cover a comprehensive range of topics. Visitors to the Expo will also have the opportunity to ask questions about their pool or spa plans and seek FREE professional advice from SPASA members.
Plus, go into the draw to win a FREE Swim Spa, courtesy of SPASA Member Just Spas.
Don't miss the SPASA Pool, Spa + Outdoor Living Expo. Buy discounted tickets HERE
SPASA POOL & SPA + OUTDOOR LIVING EXPO DETAILS:
Dates: Friday 2 February – to Sunday 4 February 2018
Venue: Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre
2 Clarendon St, Southbank
Times: Friday 2 February 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 3 February 10am - 7pm
Sunday 4 February 10am - 6pm
Ticket price online $17.50
Ticket price at the Door $19.50
Children under 16 FREE
Concession (Pensioners & Students) available at the door
Tickets: www.spasashow.com.au or at the door
Further information: www.spasashow.com.au