Perth pool builder tops Awards of Excellence for the fifth time

04 July, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: SPASA Western Australia

Attracting more than 200 entries and 400 people at the Hyatt Regency Perth on 1 July, the SPASA WA Awards of Excellence brought the WA pool industry together to celebrate the best of the best. Award nominations numbers were reportedly up on previous years, across all sectors of the industry.


14 June, 2017 | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATICRETE has updated the packaging of its PERMACOLOR Grout to bring it into line with the company's global design. The high-performance cement-based grout provides consistent colour while resisting efflorescence and blotchiness.


09 May, 2017 | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATICRETE has added SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout to its product range. It is a patented epoxy grout that offers all the benefits of SPECTRALOCK PRO grout — colour uniformity, durability and ease of installation — but cleans off more easily and offers enhanced performance.

Proposed fencing law changes don’t go far enough, SPASA Vic says

09 May, 2017 by Alice Richard

SPASA Victoria has criticised the Victorian Planning Minister's proposal to make four-sided pool barriers mandatory by the end of 2017, arguing that a barrier inspection program would be more effective in preventing drowning deaths.

Victorian Government urged to address "inadequate" approach to pool fencing

03 May, 2017

A Victorian coroner has condemned the state's inaction on swimming pool fencing compliance after finding that a two-year-old's death by drowning was preventable. This is reportedly the fourth time since 2012 that a Victorian coroner has recommended action to prevent child drownings.

Aquatic Leisure Technologies' Ben Beale dies, aged 47

26 April, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Aquatic Leisure Technologies

Pool+Spa is saddened to report that Ben Beale of Aquatic Leisure Technologies has passed away. The 47-year-old died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on 24 April while holidaying with his family.

Three CPD hours for E1 certifiers — new activity approved

19 April, 2017 by Alice Richard

A three-hour continuing professional development (CPD) activity for E1 certifiers has been approved by the NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB). By completing the activity, which is delivered by CPD Training, E1 certifiers can earn three CPD hours.

Tile absorption and expansion

05 April, 2017 by Bryan Vadas

One of the greater complexities in understanding tiles is the relationship between porosity and expansion. Anything made of clay and fired in a kiln will grow over time, while the concrete base on which it is laid will shrink, creating pressures that must be recognised in the installation design.

LATICRETE 254 Platinum thin-set adhesive

27 February, 2017 | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATICRETE has changed the name of its 345 Platinum thin-set adhesive to 254 Platinum. The same product will continue to be manufactured in Australia — just the packaging and name will change.

WA deck builder fined for Contracts Act breach

07 February, 2017 by Alice Richard

A Western Australian deck builder has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for breaching the Home Building Contracts Act 1991. Matthew Paterson, who trades as Pato's Patios, was ordered to pay a $2000 fine, costs of $714.96 and $3915 in compensation to the property owner.

NCC seminars kick off in February

01 February, 2017 by Alice Richard

Struggling to get your head around the Building Code of Australia? The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is offering a series of information seminars on the NCC (National Construction Code) around the country, beginning in February.

2016 Year in Review: Carl Yench, Assistant Director and Head of Technical, Europe Imports

25 January, 2017 | Supplied by: Europe Imports Pty Ltd

Carl Yench, Assistant Director and Head of Technical at Europe Imports, shares his insights on the industry for the year just gone and the year ahead.

HBCF premiums expected to rise in NSW

23 January, 2017 by Alice Richard

NSW pool builders can expect an increase in the cost of their Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) insurance premiums as part of the NSW Government's decision to overhaul the HBCF. The premium increases will be phased in over the next two years.

LATICRETE appoints second Qld technical sales rep

17 January, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATICRETE Australia National Sales Manager Neil Warden has announced the appointment of a new Queensland technical sales rep for the company. Shane Anderson joined the company on 9 January.

Ensuring a smooth finish for Fiji resort pool

05 December, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Blue Glass Pebble Company

There's no good time to close a resort pool. But the pool at the Outrigger Fiji Beach resort was 16 years old and was in need of some love. The company selected the Blue Glass Pebble Company's products to resurface the pool.

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