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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:

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:

  • “Are You A Registered Building Practitioner?”
  • “Are you a SPASA Pool Builder Member?”
  • “Do you use a SPASA Pool Construction Contract?”

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.

Here are seven signs that your practitioner is Unregistered

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

Sunraysia Daily online news article ‘Nick Stevens under investigation: Former AFL star in pool probe’

Sunraysia Daily news article ‘Paperwork Before Pools – Stevens Faces Pool Probe’ – Saturday 3 March 2018

Herald Sun News - Police probe ex-AFL player Nick Stevens for deception

SPASA Victoria website Fact Sheet - The Questions You Should Ask

SPASA Victoria Fact Sheet – SPASA Members – The Industry Professionals

Buyer Beware: Kit Pools & Unregistered Pool Builders

Kit Pools & Owner Builders - Traps for Consumers

SPASA Victoria Media Release - AFL Star Pool Probe Highlights Unregistered Builder Danger - 7 March 2018

Expo post 4With 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:

  • Plunge pools and swim spas
  • Home landscaping
  • Kid-friendly water slides
  • Gazebos and pergolas
  • Green energy and solar solutions
  • Infrared saunas
  • Alfresco dining spaces, kitchens and gardens
  • Pool fencing and enclosures
  • Robotic pool cleaners and filtering systems

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  

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
Adults $17.50
Children under 16 Free
Tickets at door $19.50



shutterstock 151744823 torpedo man smallPeople who live near a gym or a swimming pool are slimmer, research shows.

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:

Living Near Physical Activity Facilities Linked to Smaller Waistline, Lower BMI and Lower Body Fat Percentage

City Link To Obesity

SPASA Victoria Media Release referencing those two articles

Click HERE for more ideas and inspiration on why you should own a pool or spa

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2017 Pool and Spa Logo low resIf 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


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 prices:          

Ticket price online $17.50
Ticket price at the Door $19.50
Children under 16 FREE
Concession (Pensioners & Students) available at the door

Tickets: or at the door

Further information:

shutterstock 151744823 torpedo man smallWhile swimming is most often associated with Summer, it's a physical activity that anyone can participate in at any time of the year.

As soon as the weather gets hot, everyone starts looking around for the friend with the pool or swim spa. The next best bet - a local club or community pool. The cleaner and less crowded the better!

Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the Summer. Swimming is one of the few activities that doesn't cost a lot of money or require equipment – and it holds no age or ability barrier.

CEO of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA) Brendan Watkins says, “Swimming pools and spas are wonderful additions to the lifestyle of every Australian home. Exercise - and the social capital provided by a pool or spa - is immeasurable. With the current childhood obesity epidemic, the health and fitness benefits of pool and spa ownership are undeniable.”

A recent study that evidences the health and well-being benefits of swimming was released earlier this year. The study found that:

  • Swimming is uniquely placed to support people throughout their entire life
  • Swimming lowers the risk of early death by 28 per cent
  • Swimming lessons help children to develop skills more quickly
  • Swimming and aquatic activity is a safe, cost-effective and viable option for healthcare professionals to signpost patients

The unique benefits of water make it the perfect forum for people of all ages to exercise, particularly those with long term health conditions.

The report also found evidence that swimmers live longer and regular swimming helps older people stay mentally and physically fit. Importantly, it also showed that participation in swimming lessons can help children to develop physical, cognitive and social skills more quickly than those who do not have lessons.

The findings of this report have been used to raise awareness within the health profession that swimming is a safe, cost effective and viable option to signpost patients.

The full Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming report and Swim England’s response can be accessed HERE

The reports remit was developed by the Swimming and Health Commission under the Chairmanship of Professor Ian Cumming. The Health Education England Chief Executive said, “The Swimming and Health Commission was established by Swim England to explore the evidence base for the health benefits of swimming. The resulting academic report is a ground-breaking collection of papers that identify striking and robust evidence for the significant improvements in health and quality of life that swimming produces.

HERE is an article featuring 25 compelling reasons to make swimming a part of your life

These are just some of those reasons:

  • Increases Flexibility
  • Burns Calories
  • Helps You Quit Smoking
  • Improves Coordination and Posture
  • Improves Posture
  • Good for Anyone and Everyone
  • Total-Body Workout
  • Cardio Conditioning
  • Beats the Heat
  • Self-Esteem
  • Taller, Longer, Leaner Body
  • ​Weight Loss
  • Socialisation
  • Team and Individual Sport
  • Prevents Drowning
  • Improves Mental Health
  • Helps With Chronic Diseases, Post-Op, and as Physical Therapy
  • Relieves Stress
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Family Oriented
  • Joints

See SPASA’s webpage on 'The Benefits of Pool & Spa Ownership’ HERE

Add Value to Your Property

Not only is swimming good for you and fun for the whole family, investing in a home pool or spa can add value to your property. Read articles HERE, HERE and HERE as to why owning a pool or spa makes smart financial sense.

So if you’re looking for a cheap, fun and healthy activity over Summer - or thinking about investing in a swimming pool or spa for your home - visit and remember – always choose a SPASA Member.

SPASA Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living

The SPASA Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living is on at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
2 - 4 February 2018.

Visit the SPASA Pool & Spa Expo and join the backyard revolution! An increasing number of people are installing pools and spas and renovating their outdoor living area for all year around entertainment. There is nothing more relaxing than lying back in a soothing hot spa in winter or swimming in your very own pool in the warmer months.

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 central feature within the Expo - the Outdoor Design Junction - is where high-end pool builders and landscape suppliers and designers will come together to present their capabilities to visitors focused on investing in their outdoor areas. 

The Outdoor Design Junction will broaden the scope of the SPASA Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo and address consumer demand for a total solution between the back door and back fence.

Read more about the SPASA Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living HERE

SPASA Victoria Media Release - Swim For Your Life - 15 January 2018

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WNP logo on fence RGBThe Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria’s (SPASA) ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ is making headlines around the world, with South Africa the latest country to request more information on this innovative water-saving program due to a major water crisis in Cape Town.

The whole of South Africa’s Western Cape Region is experiencing severe drought conditions, which are having a negative impact on the swimming pool industry - so much so that there is currently a proposal from the City of Cape Town council to put an indefinite ban on the construction and installation of all new swimming pools.

In late 2016, the USA’s Californian Pool Association also requested information on SPASA’s ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ and have since been provided with the Water Neutral Pool Program kit.

Earlier this year, Annalisa Dall'Oca, the editor of Italian pool and spa magazine ‘Piscine Oggi’ and organiser of the international exhibition ‘Forum Piscine’ in Bologna, Italy made contact to arrange an interview with SPASA CEO Brendan Watkins.

Annalisa wanted to explain to readers of ‘Piscine Oggi’ (meaning ‘Pool Today’) how the ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ works, its efficiency and the savings involved regarding both energy use and the reduced chemicals and water required under this Program.

Italians are particularly interested in the Australian experience as a pioneer of this environmentally friendly type of pool, as well as other solutions that reduce water consumption or promote water recovery.

A ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ presentation and workshop are planned for the ‘Forum Piscine’ exhibition in 2018.

The interview, entitled ‘The Australian Case’, can be found on pages 36 and 37 of Italian pool and spa magazine ‘Piscine Oggi’:

Piscine Oggi - The Australian Case - English translation

A quick online translation was used for the English version but the original version in Italian can be read here:

Piscine Oggi – The Australian Case – Italian version

Award-winning SPASA Victoria Pool Builder Members ‘Summertime Pools’ have recently come up with a clever advertising campaign endorsing the benefits of the ‘Water Neutral Pools ProgramHERE

To find out more about SPASA’s fantastic ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ please see HERE

SPASA Victoria Media Release - SPASA Victoria's Water Neutral Pool Program Goes Global - 20 November 2017

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