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SPASAVIC Pool Service & Maintenance members are also available for emergency pool maintenance and repair works.
SPASAVIC and Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers (LVML) have collaborated to send a unified message to the Victorian State Government in response to its proposed roadmap out of the current COVID-19 Restrictions.
Our combined message is simple:
"Landscapers, Pool & Spa Builders and Pool Technicians need to be allowed to continue delivering essential well-being benefits whilst maintaining employment for thousands of Victorians from September 14th 2020".
SPASAVIC has again written to the Hon. Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Health, Minister for the Coordination of Health and Human Services:COVID-19, regarding cryptosporidium and other known pathogens that can potentially develop in untreated bodies of water.
SPASAVIC has requested urgent re-consideration of the restrictions imposed on our pool and spa service technician members under Stage 4 and has urged government to re-classify those in the swimming pool and spa industry as 'essential'.
With Victorians spending more time at home than ever before, backyard pools and spas are being utilised on a daily basis, meaning that water maintenance and hygiene is of critical importance.
SPASAVIC awaits advice of our requested exemption from government and we will keep members informed once a response has been received.
Swimming Australia has commissioned a community impact study that has found that swimming has a total economic and community impact of over $3.7 billion per annum on Australia, which includes a community health impact of $135 million per year and a $4.35 billion lifetime health contribution.
The independent national study, funded with the support of Sport Australia, was completed by experienced management consultants Sport Business Partners and Street Ryan. It was aimed at better understanding the broader community benefits of competitive and social swimming – across each of economic, social and health impacts.
Swimming Australia Chief Executive Leigh Russell said she believed sport and recreation was going to play a huge role in helping society transition post COVID-19.
“Sport plays a full-time role in society and is an integral part of community health, both from a physical health perspective but also in the mental health space,” she said.
“The physical and mental health benefits of swimming are widely recognised. The findings of this report strongly reinforces that point and also illustrates that swimming provides very significant social and economic impacts as well.
“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our Australia and as we look to try and come out the other side, it is becoming increasingly clear that sport will be a huge lever in re-building communities. With our participation levels, swimming has a big part to play.
“Swimming can also play a critical role in addressing broader societal challenges such as rising obesity, an ageing population, and therapy and rehabilitation for those people living with chronic health conditions or disabilities.”
The quintessential Australian pastime has long been a life-saving skill that is integral to the social fabric of Australia, but it is also a sport for all and a sport for life with all ages, all abilities and all backgrounds participating.
With 5 million participants across Australia, the report also found swimming teaches life skills such as discipline, hard work, determination, work ethic, time management and commitment.
“Swimming is Australia’s largest participation sport that provides an outlet for so many people and brings with it so many unique strengths,” said Russell.
“We know it contributes to a broad range of social benefits to local communities, including community cohesion and greater social inclusions – for example we now know people who swim are nearly twice as likely to volunteer within the community than general sports participants.”
Sport Business Partners Managing Director, Martin Hirons, said: “Swimming is Australia’s largest participation sport, and by some distance, so it is no surprise that it facilitates an enormous annual contribution to the Australian community.
“Since 2015, SBP has completed two-three of these types of studies per year and the quantum impact assessed for swimming in Australia is the largest we have recorded to date.
“In our view, this is another great result for the whole industry and further evidence to support increasing investment into swimming.”
Using current Sport Australia AUSPLAY data, online surveys and primary research with swimming stakeholders and participants, the study explored a range of social capital indicators used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to understand the difference between swimmers and the general population.
The economic benefit to Australia is delivered through a range of factors including, competitive and recreational swimming events, expenditure on goods, services and employment by swimming clubs and associations, spectator attendance and swimming related travel and tourism.
Renovation work cannot continue during stage 4 restrictions if the premises are occupied. Only essential renovation work can be undertaken. The client commits an offence if they allow you to enter.
A ‘premises’ includes the land on which the building is located. This means that renovation work outside the home that is occupied is also prohibited, unless urgent and essential.
The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria (SPASAVIC) has continued to advocate that the pool and spa industry in Victoria is an essential service which is delivering important health and safety benefits to the community. All of industry is playing its part in the control and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 by stricly adhering to Government requirements such as social distancing, strict hygienic processes and contact-free construction, retail and service.
SPASAVIC encourages members and stakeholders to continue to complete and forward this Advocacy Letter to your local Member of Parliament to ensure our industry remains at the forefront of decision-makers minds to protect our community.
The Australian Federal Government and Victorian State Governments are providing information and support for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including information on business restrictions. Please see the links below for relevant Federal and State information:
Federal Government: Business Support Packages
Fair Work Ombudsman: Coronavirus & Australian workplace laws
Other Essential Information from Australian Government Agencies can be found HERE
The National Cabinet has confirmed and clarified advice regarding the requirements of previously announced measures, in particular those related to non-essential gatherings and outdoor gatherings. A full list can be found here.