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A Changing of the Guard


Wednesday, 27 March, 2013


Building and construction industry history has been achieved in Brisbane with the retirement of Rodney Webb as President of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Queensland (SPASA). 

Mr Webb has been the longest serving President, a volunteer role, of SPASA in the history of Australia.

SPASA CEO, Adrian Hart says Mr Webb presided over the industry body at a time of huge change.

“The past decade in particular has seen huge developments in legislative change, industry structure, performance and technological changes. All at a time when the back yard pool has become a Queensland main stay and resort and commercial pools have become theme parks and recreational destinations.”

“We congratulate and thank Rod for his input during that time. His professional integrity, priceless effort and experience has seen the industry grow, and prosper. His focus to consumer benefit is evidenced in his lateral thinking and dedication to service.”

In-coming President Andrew Jakovac has joined the chorus of praise for Mr Webb.

“They will be hard shoes to fill. Again the industry is facing some of its most challenging years but with the framework established by Rod I know we can ensure that same industry and consumer benefit into the future.”

Mr Jakovac graduated as a solicitor in 2003 and has been working the family owned business, Majestic Pools and Landscapes for many years.

The business is recognised as Australia’s Most Awarded Pool and Outdoor Lifestyle Designer and Builder.

“My appointment to the position of President of SPASA is something of which I am extremely proud. I took over the duties of my father at SPASA and immediately began to understand the value that the industry body brings to the table, to members, to government and customers.”

Mr Jakovac has, over the years, worked very closely with the Building Services Authority on industry advice designed to improve interaction between the regulator, public and the industry.

“This experience has been invaluable to me and to the industry. The past 4 to 5 years has seen some difficult times across the construction industry landscape and I believe that SPASA Queensland has a vital and valuable role in ensuring the industry maintains a focus to innovation, creative design and quality craftsmanship.”

CEO Adrian Hart has welcomed Mr Jakovac to the position.

I look forward to the dynamic fresh approach that Andrew will no doubt bring to the industry and working with him to maintain a focus on consumer outcomes and strengthen our close ties with interstate Associations and SPASA Australia.” 

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