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The Home Improvement section of the Herald Sun RealEstate newspaper on Saturday featured 'Lap of Luxury' - an article promoting the benefits of pool ownership and advocating that 'now's a good time to start the ball rolling' if you're in the market for a pool.

"Generally, pools do make homes more attractive to buyers if they're done well", writes Emma De Smit from the Herald Sun. "According to 2014 research conducted by buyers' advocate Secret Agent, pools in Melbourne's inner-eastern suburbs can add from about 6 to 30 per cent to the value of a home."

Likewise, the Age's 'Domain - New Living' newspaper on Saturday featured 'Cents and sensibility' in it's 'Style' section, with writer Darren Palmer stating that "...a pool can provide substantial value to [a] property. Take for example the home sold on The Block Allstars in 2013 for $1.4 million. In three years, the property was relatively unchanged except for the addition of a modest backyard pool and was sold for more than $2.5 million in 2016. A pool can be the perfect value-add to a home."

To read these articles in full see The Age Domain New Living - Cents and Sensibility and
Herald Sun Home Improvement - Lap of Luxury

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After a year of record-breaking temperatures , more Aussies than ever before are anticipated to flock to the SPASA Victoria Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 3 – 5 February 2017.

The Expo is the perfect place for homeowners wanting to add-value to their property with a backyard makeover, and families searching for solutions to escape a scorching summer, or soak their way through chilly winters.

The perfect outdoor renovation requires input from the best in the business, which is why the Expo welcomes the Outdoor Design Junction – where high-end land and poolscape suppliers and designers will showcase their most premium wares.

It’s not just ideas that will be blooming, as the epicenter of the Expo comes to life with a real Show Garden installed by OFTB, winner of SPASA Victoria ’s 2015 Pool of the Year.

With new features from over 75 exhibitors, visitors can expect to dive into a world of the latest innovations in:

• Home landscaping
• Kid-friendly water slides
• Plunge pools
• Gazebos and pergolas
• Green energy and solar solutions
• Infrared saunas
• Alfresco dining spaces, outdoor kitchens and gardens
• Para-mobility equipment
• Robotic pool cleaners and filtering systems

And of course, every kind of pool imaginable; from concrete to fibreglass, seamless in-ground to above ground salt water, and much, much more.

“A backyard renovation can add tens of thousands of dollars to a property, if not more”, says Expo Director Sam Palermo “The 2017 Pool & Spa Expo is a must for any home-owners hoping to add instant equity to their property, or simply to welcome a touch of luxury to their homes."

In addition to an estimated 30 pools and spas on-site, and over 100 exhibitors, 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.

Statistics show Australians live up to their water-loving stereotypes, with the country boasting 1.2 million household swimming pools ; the world’s highest per capita rate of pool ownership.

It will come as no surprise that swimming ranks as the most common sporting activity in Australia. For full information on all exhibitors, products and to book tickets, visit www.SPASA Victoria

Dates: Friday 3 February – Sunday 5 February 2017
Venue: Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre
Times: Friday 3 February – 12noon – 9pm
Saturday 4 February – 10am – 8pm
Sunday 5 February – 10am – 6pm

Presale ticket prices: Book online www.SPASA Victoria 
Adults $17.50
Tickets at door: Adults $19.50
Children under 16 free of charge

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Media Release - SPASA Victoria's Pool And Spa Expo The Place To Be This Summer

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Victorian Kids Remain At Risk Until Laws ChangeLaurie Lawrence on Sunrise Dec 2016 2

Swim safety advocate Laurie Lawrence has spoken publicly on Channel 7's Sunrise television backing SPASA Victoria 's Mandatory Pool and Spa Barrier Inspection Campaign.

Sunrise brought to light the fact that 100% of pools in some areas of Victoria are failing to adhere to the safety standards.

"It's absolutely dreadful", Laurie says. "My message has always been 'fence the pool, shut the gate'. The next thing we have to do is make sure that everyone out there makes their pool compliant."

A spokesperson from Life Saving Victoria says that they are “disappointed that successive State Governments have been unable to introduce reforms that have proven to lower drowning and near drowning occurrences in backyard swimming pools. Data is now available that shows regular mandatory compliance inspection of home pools and spas reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning. Since 2012 the Victorian Swimming Pool and Spa safety committee have advocated for:

  • Establishment of a pool register
  • Regular assessment of pool fences, including at point of sale / lease
  • A targeted audit and compliance program
  • An awareness campaign
  • Mandatory CPR signage

These reforms were indorsed by the then Building Commissioner with no tangible outcomes. Life Saving Victoria,
SPASA Victoria and Kidsafe Victoria believe that these measures are essential in order to significantly reduce
preventable childhood backyard pool and spa drowning incidents, which are responsible for almost a quarter of all
Victorian fatal and non-fatal drowning.”

Kidsafe Victoria supports the call for the introduction of mandatory pool and spa barrier inspections in Victoria. "The recent statistics from Knox Council highlights the need to have a co-ordinated, State-wide system in place where pool and spa barriers are regularly inspected," said Jason Chambers, Kidsafe Victoria General Manager.

SPASA Victoria continues to implore the Victorian Government to pass legislation to:

1. Immediately make pool barrier compliance certification mandatory for all properties sold
or leased in Victoria
2. Introduce a mandatory barrier inspection protocol that ensures all residential properties
with a pool or spa in Victoria are inspected every three years

CEO of Aquatics and Recreation Victoria, Anthony McIntosh says, "Victoria's aquatics and recreation industry is very supportive of SPASA Victoria ’s proposed measures, which will unquestionably prevent fatal and non-fatal drownings every year. For pool owners with existing pool barriers, to have the discipline to maintain these to a safe standard over the life of the pool will make an enormous difference to the safety of the pool - week in, week out."

Until mandatory pool and spa barrier inspections are legislated in Victoria, we will continue to see children at risk of backyard pool drownings.

Read SPASA Victoria Media Release - Victorian Kids Remain At Risk Until Laws Change - 16 December 2016

Victorian Backyard Pool Safety Laws Dangerously Lagging - Western Australia Leads the Nationshutterstock 3553946 500x334

This year marks 20 years since the ‘Keep Watch’ toddler drowning prevention program was first introduced in Western Australia.

An essential part of this ‘Keep Watch’ program was the legislation of mandatory pool and spa barrier inspections in 1992. Since then, there has been a dramatic 85% reduction in the rate of toddler drowning deaths in the state.

shutterstock 3553946 500x334SPASA Victoria calls for Mandatory Pool and Spa Barrier Inspections.Since the Introduction of Mandatory Inspections in WA in 1992, there has been an 80% Reduction in the rate of Toddler Drownings.*

SPASA Victoria has ramped-up its child safety initiative to lobby the Victorian Government to legislate the mandatory inspection of pool and spa barriers in Victoria. “SPASA Victoria is strongly of the view that inspections of pool and spa barriers should be mandatory in Victoria in order to improve safety outcomes,” says CEO, Brendan Watkins.

shutterstock 3553946 500x334A Leader newspaper investigation released on Monday confirmed the disturbing accusations that Victoria’s pool barrier legislation is failing toddlers and is in urgent need of overhaul.

A recent survey of eighteen City Councils reveals that the vast majority of backyard pools and spas are consistently failing barrier inspections.

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