SPASA WA has announced its new committee and office bearers for 2017, after a vote was held at the annual general meeting on 11 April. Chris Hirst of Reflections Pool & Spa Care has been named as the new president, replacing outgoing president Ernie Bevilaqua, who will retain a position on the committee for 12 months.
SPASA Australia is considering establishing a Technical Committee to review two Australian Standards relating to fibreglass pools. SPASA is seeking expressions of interest in a Technical Committee to review the Standards.
Edition 7.5 of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG) has been released. Updated every two years, the latest version of the ADG became effective on 1 March 2017. A one-year transition period applies, during which either Edition 7.4 or 7.5 can be used.
The Australian Standard for safety barriers for private swimming pools is currently under review. SPASA Australia is involved in the revision of AS1926.1—2012 and is urgently seeking feedback from the industry.
Hayward Pool Products Australia has been announced as the bronze sponsor for the 2017 SPASA Australia National Awards of Excellence. The award winners will be announced in August 2017 at Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney.
SPASA Australia has announced a new awards nomination website for the 2017 Awards of Excellence. The online platform will deliver increased efficiency, ease of use and a reduction in costs associated with nominating for the awards.
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A swimming pool can add at least $140,000 in value to a house in Melbourne, research conducted by buyer's advocate Secret Agent has found. Analysing 10 suburbs in Melbourne's inner East and South East, Secret Agent found that, on average, a swimming pool added between 10 and 16% to the value of a house.
SPASA Queensland is seeking expressions of interest for a Qld Licence Qualification Program that would enable pool builders and service technicians to attain a licence through the QBCC.
The agenda for the 2017 NSW Country Pool Managers conference has been released. To be held in Queanbeyan from 17 to 19 May, this year's conference promises to be as rewarding and interesting as those held over the preceding 20 years.
SPASA South Australia is set to wind up and merge its operations with SPASA Australia after its members voted unanimously in favour of the merger at a special general meeting on 8 March.
The 2017 SPASA Pool Spa & Outdoor Living Expo in Sydney attracted record numbers, with the sold-out expo posting a 24% increase on the 2016 event — a positive indication for the pool and spa industry in NSW and the ACT.
Pool+Spa had the opportunity to speak with someone who has inside intel on both Australia and the US: Don McChesney, the GM of A&A Manufacturing, the company best known for creating the QuikClean in-floor system. He shared with us his thoughts on the two industries and common issues facing both markets.
AstralPool Australia has been announced as Platinum Sponsor of all SPASA events for 2017. The company will sponsor a number of upcoming events, including the inaugural SPASA Australia Leadership Convention and the SPASA Australia National Awards of Excellence.