Driclad appoints new national business manager

28 August, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Driclad Pools Technology Pty Ltd

Vince Stoneman has been appointed as national business manager for Driclad Pool Technology. Overseeing sales, marketing and production, Stoneman will be responsible for contributing to Driclad's overall strategy.

Letter to the Editor RE: 'The top four reasons people remove pools'

17 August, 2017

I can see no good reason for people to remove pools. Taking into account that a new pool is anything from $60,000+ and to have it removed and the area rebuilt would be $20,000+, this would mean a total loss of $60,000 loss of value on the property, plus the $20,000 they would spend to remove the pool, leaving the owner approximately $80,000 out of pocket — for what?

The top four reasons people remove pools

14 August, 2017 by Alice Richard

Business might be booming for pool builders, but pool removal companies have seen a significant increase in pool owners ripping out their backyard pools in recent years. What's behind peoples' decisions to remove their pools?

Supreme Heating seeks construction coordinator

01 August, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Supreme Heating

Supreme Heating is seeking a construction coordinator to join its Victorian team. Reporting to the operations manager, the construction coordinator would be responsible for duties such as scheduling and coordinating new and existing work, as well as liaising with the Service Department.

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.

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