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The voice of the Wet Industry

December 2007/January 2008

What are the options?
What will Labor mean
for small employers?
Piscina Barcelona
Ideas from Europe
DBP Forum update
Cont ent s
INDUSTRY NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Whats happening in the pool and spa industry
BOOK SHELF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Reviews and freebies
INDUSTRY CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Key dates to keep in mind
INDUSTRY MOVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Pool industry comings, goings and opportunities
WA POOL AND SPA AWARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Winners from the west
ENVIRONMENT ON THE AGENDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Latest developments in water and ecology
Ideas from Barcelona
LABORS EMPLOYMENT PLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
What does it mean for SMBs?
WATER DIVERTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
More choice in rain-saving ideas
SPLASH! GOLD COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Whats happening with the next big Aussie expo
DONT DROWN IN BAD DEBT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Nine steps to getting invoices paid on time
SMART TREND TOWARD SWIM SPAS . . . . . . . . . . . .48
Why the US is falling in love with them?
SPLASH! COMMERCIAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
News and features from the commercial sector
RESEARCH RAISES MORE QUESTIONS . . . . . . . . . . .60
Report on the SPLASH! DBP Forum
A VIEW TO SWIM FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Skyscraper pools with a harbour view
A WORLD OF WATER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
A family trip to a spa-laden fun park
NEW PRODUCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
The latest equipment, materials and technology
SUBSCRIPTION FORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
ADVERTISERS INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
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The views expressed in this magazine do not necessarily represent those
of the above supporters, nor should any product advertised in SPLASH!
magazine be seen to be endorsed by the above.
s this issue arrives on your desk, we will be start-
ing to get used to Australias new government.
There are certain to be changes perhaps even to
some fundamentals of the way Australia operates, such
as the balance between State and federal powers.
Undoubtedly, the industrial relations environment will be different, and inside
this issue we have a report from an employment relations adviser on what changes
small and medium businesses can expect.
There are other potential changes that could impact on our industry, and one
with the greatest long-term effects may well be to do with climate change. For
a start, we can expect more dialogue with other countries involved in the global
warming debate, starting with participation in Bali as a signed-up member of the
Kyoto club. This could in turn lead to greater regulation mandating energy conser-
vation and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To some degree, weve had a head start in the Australian pool and spa industry,
as the issues of energy and in particular, water have been front of mind recent-
ly. While were on this topic, dont forget to start on your entries for the SPLASH!
Environmental Awards (deadline March 31, 2008).
The Australian industry also gained some environmental kudos on the internation-
al stage recently with Waterco winning the Sustainability Award at the International
Pool and Spa Show in Barcelona. There is more on the show and their win, starting
on page 28.
We also have a report on the SPLASH! Disinfection By Products Forum on page
60. This was a very interesting afternoon, which more than anything, showed us just
how much we still dont know about disinfection by-products in public swimming
pools. One thing was clear though washing thoroughly before going into public
pools will make the situation considerably better. That made me think about the
onsen culture in Japan and there is some more about that on page 64.
All of us here at SPLASH! wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas, and hope
the New Year brings plenty of new business with it.
Chris Maher
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industry news
THE Master Builders Association
(MBA) hosted a joint meeting with
SPASA NSW at their headquarters in
Forest Lodge during November.
The evening was presented by Paul
Lawrence, MBAs training manager, to
explain joint SPASA/MBA initiatives to
members and interested parties.
One was the creation of a Certicate
Level IV Concrete Pool Building Train-
ing Guide; the second was the new
joint MBA/SPASA concrete pool build-
ing contract.
The Certicate Level IV has been reg-
istered in NSW and has been reviewed
by the Ofce of Fair Trading (OFT),
the Construction Industry Training
Advisory Board of NSW (CITAB), and
the Vocational Education and Training
Accreditation Board (VETAB).
SPASA and the MBA are waiting for it
to be registered nationally so it can then
be taught by any Registered Training
Organisation (RTO) or TAFE.
Paul Lawrence said it is being nal-
ised to be delivered nationally by the
Construction Property Services Industry
Skills Council within the new BCG07
national training scheme. The plan is
that it will roll out early 2008.
According to Brian Hardiman of
SPASA, the joint Concrete Pool Building
Contract has taken the best aspects of
the existing SPASA and MBA contracts,
and created a better contract for NSW
builders and consumers. The contract
will be badged with both organisations
logos, and will be available to SPASA
and MBA members.
The OFT representative, Joe
DErmilio, acting director of licensing,
commented that it was good to see this
type of collaboration between SPASA
and the MBA, as well as the constructive
dialogue on practical issues between the
members of the two organisations.
Numbered copies of the contract and
the Certicate IV modules were distrib-
uted to attendees, with feedback due back
late November, after which nal decisions
would be made on the content of both.
Bet ter t raining and cont ract s on t he way
AT the time of writing, the changes
to the NSW Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) scheme were still
being ofcially ticked off by the Ofce of
Fair Trading (OFT).
However, we can be pretty sure they
will take the following form, to be imple-
mented from January 1, 2008.
Builders and swimming pool builders
will need to accrue 12 points per year.
They can earn one point per hour
through an activity which has an identi-
able learning outcome. The training must
be delivered by interactive training such
as a CD-ROM, workshop, web-based
tool, forum or conference presentation.
They can earn two points per hour if
the structured learning has an assessed
learning outcome linked to either a rel-
evant Australian University qualication
or a relevant national training package
outcome, delivered by a registered train-
ing organisation (RTO).
Additionally, a total of four points can
be claimed in a single year compris-
ing any or all of the following: one
point per year can be claimed by the
builder or pool builder for each person
employed under a formal training
arrangement such as an apprentice-
ship or traineeship. Where a partner or
associate of the builder or pool builder
undertakes CPD learning on behalf of
the business, points can be earned as
if undertaken by the licensee. Any
surplus points may be carried forward
for 12 months.
For further information contact the
CPD changes
The NSW Ofce of Fair Trading
(OFT) is targeting unlicensed building
work on owner-builder sites.
In October, investigators from the
OFTs Home Building Service visited
234 owner-builder sites across Sydney to
check compliance with home build-
ing laws. This resulted in 47 penalty
on-the-spot nes for offences relating
to unlicensed or uninsured work and
improper contracts.
The OFT has highlighted the issue of
insurance. It is important that licensed
contractors (builders, tradespeople and
project managers) who directly contract
with an owner-builder for work over
$12,000 (including materials supplied
by the contractor) must provide Home
Owner Warranty Insurance to the
owner-builder. The minimum cover is
now $300,000.
Some contractors have not been aware
of this and are now facing nes from
the OFT: seven contractors have been
recently penalised $1500 each for failing
to provide home warranty insurance.
Additionally, NSW Fair Trading Min-
ister, Linda Burney, says that some of
the 12,000 homeowners who obtained
an owner-builder permit in the last year,
did so in the misguided belief they could
avoid laws requiring them to use appro-
priately licensed builders.
Regardless of whether you engage a
builder to oversee your work, or become
an owner-builder, you must still use
licensed contractors, she says.
Six homeowners were penalised
$750 each for contracting with an
unlicensed builder or tradesperson.
This certainly eats into the money they
believe they would be saving by be-
coming an owner-builder and by using
cheaper unlicensed traders.
Other penalties included 18 contrac-
tors being penalised between $500
and $750 in relation to unlicensed
work; and 16 contractors penalised
$250 for failing to provide a written
contract or the contract having insuf-
cient information.
For more information go to www.
splashmagazine.com.au, where there is a
link to an OFT fact sheet.
OFT lines up owner- builders
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industry news
FOCUS Products, platinum sponsors of
the 2008 SPLASH! Expo, has organised
the invitation-only Business Success
Seminars to coincide with the big show
on the Gold Coast.
The seminars commence on Saturday
July 26, 2008 and conclude on Thursday
July 31. To ensure their dealers can take
advantage of everything the SPLASH!
Expo has to offer, Focus will be running
courtesy transfers to and from the hotel
for the duration of the show.
The Success Seminars are targeted at
the owners of stores within the Focus
dealer network, and will encompass
guest speakers on everything from
dynamic ideas for retail store layout;
marketing and advertising for prot; and
ideas for business growth.
The seminars have been designed
to include enjoyable opportunities to
network and liaise with industry col-
leagues, while providing positive and
practical benets.
Focus seminars t imed t o make a big splash
THE Royal Life Saving Keep Watch
program has attracted PoolWerx as a
major sponsor for the next three years.
One of the key benets of the spon-
sorship is the ability of the 250 PoolW-
erx franchises to get the Keep Watch
message and literature directly into
the hands of residential pool owners
through the retail outlets and while
they are on-site providing maintenance
and enhancement services.
What could be more local than help-
ing ensure your familys water safety
in your own backyard? says PoolWerx
CEO John OBrien. In targeting Aus-
tralian backyard pools as safe, healthy
swimming environments, it means we
can contribute not only dollars, but also
experience and expertise.
The Keep Watch program has ex-
panded its focus in recent times and now
incorporates a national media campaign;
a broad range of information for parents;
in-service training of Community Health
and Child Health Workers and custom-
ised programs targeting culturally and
linguistically diverse communities.
This years campaign will remind
parents to Keep Watch @ Public Pools,
Keep Watch @ the Farm and Keep
Watch @ Bathtime as well as using Pool-
Werxs expertise to maintain vigilance
around the home swimming pool.
Par t nership t o save lives
LAURIE Lawrence, legendary swim-
ming coach and child swimming activist,
has set up free online swim classes to
help parents give their children basic
swimming skills.
Drowning is the leading cause of
accidental death in children under
ve in Australia. As part of the drive to
reduce preschool drowning deaths to
zero, Lawrence is offering ve free water
safety lessons to parents across Australia
this summer.
The water safety lessons are designed
specically for parents, carers and teach-
ers of children under the age of ve.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are
featured in the program.
The lessons are communicated via an
online interactive learning program,
featuring video footage of Lawrence
demonstrating swimming techniques, as
well as quizzes and text documents that
parents can download.
Over the ve lessons, parents will be
educated on important elements of the
learn-to-swim process such as independ-
ence, conditioning children for submer-
sion and free oating.
Parents will also learn more about his
Do the Five message fence the pool;
shut the gate; teach your kids to swim;
its great, supervise; and watch ya mate
and learn how to resuscitate.
The Kids Alive water safety lessons are
available from www.kidsalive.com.au.
To access the free lessons, you must rst
become a member, which is free.
Using t he net t o save t oddlers
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industry news
THE ve year average for
pool drownings is 33 per year;
by comparison 2006/2007 was
a bad year, with 39 drownings.
However, the biggest
increase in drownings by loca-
tion was at the beach, where
39% more people drowned
than the ve-year average.
This year there was a
decrease in the number of
deaths on the ve-year aver-
age for shing (52%), attempt-
ing a rescue (38%), falling into water
(18%), and diving (11%).
However, there was an increase in the
number of people who drowned while
swimming/undertaking leisure activities
in water (22%), while on a watercraft
(boat, board, jet ski, etc) (69%), and
bathing (29%).
During the 2006/2007 year, 202 (73%)
males and 75 (27%) females drowned,
making males almost three times more
likely to drown than females.
Drowning deaths in total are up by 5%
on the ve year average.
Royal Life Saving (RLS) says this is
partially due to the climatic conditions
around Australia causing storms, oods,
large surf and other conditions that place
people at greater risk of drowning (there
were 14 deaths of people who drowned
while driving across or into ooded roads
or were swept away).
There was an increase in number of
drowning deaths against the ve-year
average in all age groups except for the
0-4, 25-34 and 55-64 years. The largest
increases were in the 5-14 years age group
(54%) and 35-44 years age group (51%).
The report showed that 35 infants and
toddlers lost their lives through drown-
ing. This is a small improvement of 5.5%
on the ve-year average but in targeting
zero child drowning Royal Life Saving
is reminding parents and carers of some
simple strategies or actions that may save
their childs life. Put simply, Keep Watch
and prevent your child from drowning.
Whilst there was a small improve-
ment in the 0-4 age group, 35 infants
and toddlers lost their lives tragically
through drowning, says RLS CEO Rob
Bradley. These prevent-
able drowning deaths have
a devastating impact on
the families and friends of
the children lost. We need
to continue to remind
parents and carers of
the importance of Keep
The swimming pool re-
mains the number one lo-
cation of drowning deaths
for children under ve
with nearly half or 15 of the 35 drowning
deaths occurring in a backyard pool.
The Keep Watch campaign reminds
backyard pool owners of the importance
of restricting a childs access to the pool
area with appropriate pool fencing, self
closing and self latching gates, and con-
stantly supervising children when they are
in, on or around the pool, says Bradley.
Of further concern to Royal Life
Saving is the slight increase in bath-
tub related drowning with 6 drowning
deaths in the 0-4 year age group in the
past year. Parents mistakenly believe
they can listen out and will hear their
child drowning. Drowning is swift and
silent, it is not generally accompanied
by children crying out or splashing, said
Mr Bradley.
Royal Life Saving reminds parents to
never leave children alone in the bath,
take everything you may need with you
and always empty the bath before leav-
ing the bathroom.
Drowning deaths of infants and tod-
dlers are not limited to city areas, and
regional Australia is reminded to be
vigilant. Water bodies such as dams,
rivers, water troughs and irrigation
channels have been common locations
for drowning tragedies. People on rural
properties should ensure that there is a
fenced safe play area to protect chil-
dren from water bodies; ensure wells
and tanks are covered, and designate
someone to Keep Watch over children,
particularly during the busy work peri-
ods of mustering or harvesting.
For more information go to
www.splashmagazine.com.au where
there is a link to the full report.
Pool drownings increase
0- 4 YEARS
35 young chi l dren 0- 4 years
drowned l ast year (13% of al l
drowni ng deat hs)
19 (54%) were mal es
16 (46%) drowned in swimming pools
of which 15 were home pools.
6 (17%) drowned i n bat ht ubs
23 (66%) f el l or wandered i nt o
wat er pri or t o drowni ng
5- 14 YEARS
21 chi l dren 5- 14 years drowned l ast
year (8% of al l drowni ng deat hs)
14 (67%) were mal es
5 (24%) drowned at t he beach
5 (24%) drowned i n a ri ver
15- 34 YEARS
66 peopl e 15- 34 years drowned l ast
year (24% of al l drowni ng deat hs)
55 (83%) were mal es
20 (30%) drowned at t he beach
20 (30%) drowned i n a ri ver
28 (42%) wer e swi mmi ng or
under t aki ng l ei sur e act i vi t i es
pr i or t o dr owni ng
35- 54 YEARS
92 peopl e 35- 54 years drowned l ast
year (33% of al l drowni ng deat hs)
70 (76%) were mal es
54 (59%) drowned i n a ri ver/ ocean/
harbour of whi ch 25 drowned i n
ri vers and 25 drowned i n oceans.
27 (29%) wer e swi mmi ng or
under t aki ng l ei sur e act i vi t i es
pr i or t o dr owni ng
24 (26%) were usi ng wat ercraf t
pri or t o drowni ng
62 peopl e aged 55 year s
dr owned l ast year (22% of al l
dr owni ng deat hs)
43 (69%) were mal es
31 (50%) drowned i n a ri ver/ ocean/
harbour of whi ch 15 were i n t he
ocean and 12 were i n ri vers
11 (18%) drowned at t he beach
19 (31%) were swi mmi ng or
undert aki ng l ei sure act i vi t i es pri or
t o drowni ng
14 (23%) were wal ki ng or pl ayi ng
near wat er pri or t o drowni ng
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industry news
NSPI has passed i t s r st gr oup of gr aduat es
f r om t he Cer t i cat e III i n Swi mmi ng Pool and
Spa Wat er Mai nt enance Technol ogy.
Andr ew Hanegr aaf and Gr aham Jackl ey of
Al l an s Pool Shop chai n of st or es, John Hi l l s
of Pool r i t e Equi pment , Ber ni e Skel t on f r om Lo-
Chl or Chemi cal s and Gr ant Rangi f r om NSPI ar e
t he f i r st gr aduat es of t he new Tr ade Cer t i f i cat e
III i n Swi mmi ng Pool and Spa Wat er Mai nt e-
nance Technol ogy. Andr ew, Gr aham, John and
Ber ni e ar e al l l ong- t er m advocat es f or pr of es-
si onal devel opment i n t he i ndust r y, and have
suppor t ed t he i ni t i at i ve t o enhance t he i ndus-
t r y s pr of essi onal pr of i l e wi t h t he Tr ade Cer t i f i -
cat e III f r om t he ver y begi nni ng. Al l gr aduat es
ar e al so qual i f i ed assessor s f or t he cour se,
havi ng under t aken t he Cer t i f i cat e IV i n Tr ai n-
i ng and Assessment . Addi t i onal l y, Gr ant Rangi
has been a ski l l s assessor and t r ai ni ng cour se
devel oper f or 15 year s.
Andrew Hanegraaf and Graham
Jackl ey of Al l ans Pool Shop
IN late 2006, the National Swimming
Pool Institute (NSPI) consulted with the
wider swimming pool and spa industry
about the need for formal trade quali-
cations in swimming pool and spa water
maintenance technology. The organisa-
tion received resounding support and in
mid-2007, 30663QLD: Certicate III in
Swimming Pool and Spa Water Mainte-
nance Technology was approved under
the Australian Qualication Framework,
the rst of its kind in Australia.
The committee also identied several
key areas of concern to the industry that
could be rectied by the uptake of the
Certicate III.
The industry needs to attract more
young people into the water technology
area, says Grant Rangi, Training Liaison
Co-ordinator at NSPI. To do this we need
to create career pathways so that young
people can see a way to further their ca-
reer prospects by staying in the industry.
There is a skills shortage in the swim-
ming pool and spa industry. One way
to overcome this is to make ours an at-
tractive industry; one that pays well and
offers exibility and opportunities for
growth, he says.
He also says that for this to happen,
the highly skilled and experienced baby
boomers who now head the industry
must have access to effective coaching,
mentoring and training pathways, so they
can become an active force in transfer-
ring knowledge and skills to the younger
industry members. This is where NSPIs
training and assessment comes in.
We can offer recognition of prior
learning to those industry professionals
who are seeking acknowledgement and
recognition of the hard slog they have
done to get where they are, says Rangi.
Then as they think about retiring, sell-
ing or expanding their business, they can
act as mentors for the younger workers as
they move through the NSPI courses.
The committee also identied that
while the vast majority working in the
industry are professional, highly skilled
and respected individuals, there is still a
minority of under-skilled people servic-
ing the water maintenance aspect of
swimming pools and spas.
If under-trained, under-skilled workers
are servicing the domestic market, they
can cause harm to property and people,
and put themselves at risk through igno-
rance and lack of duty of care. A pools
internal surface or lining, the materials
used in construction, the equipment and
surrounds, can all be substantially dam-
aged if the required chemical treatments
are applied without understanding of
water chemistry and chemical safety.
Additionally, the chemicals required to
maintain healthy water can be hazard-
ous if the contractor does not strictly fol-
low the proper use and storage methods
for the chemicals.
It is also of concern that an increasing
number of public swimming facilities
are serviced, repaired and maintained
by untrained pool personnel, says
Rangi. This situation raises concerns
for consumer health regarding associat-
ed risk of contracting cryptosporidium,
giardia and legionnaires disease. Many
local authorities are now insisting on
formal training for anyone dealing with
public swimming facilities, but there
is still reluctance from some service
providers to formally train their work-
ers, he says.
Another issue identied by the industry
is that any training at this level should in-
corporate legal and commercial topics. A
number of events in the past 18 months
have highlighted the need for people
engaged in pool water maintenance to
be informed about their responsibilities
under local, state and federal laws and
acts. The Certicate III therefore covers
issues of legal responsibility, risk man-
agement, OH&S and environmental
practice, says Rangi.
Head of t he class
John Hi l l s of Pool ri t e Equi pment
Ber ni e Skel t on f rom
Lo- Chl or Chemi cal s
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bring their stories to life.
It is sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation
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the door for others to see how water enriches lives, says Tom
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Swimmers: Courage and Triumph proles many Olympic
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Dec 11- 13 Canadi an Pool & Spa Conf erence and Expo
Jan 9- 11 Leisure is the Key, Victoria University, Melbourne
Jan 13- 15 Middle East Pool and Spa Exhibition, Dubai, UAE
Feb 1- 3 SPASA Vi ct ori a Summer Pool and Spa Con-
sumer Show
Feb 3- 5 Spat ex 08, Bri ght on, UK
Feb 19- 22 Chi na Int . Trade Fai r f or Sani t at i on, Heat i ng
and Ai rcon, Shanghai
Feb 21- 22 Nat i onal Housi ng Conf erence, Sydney
Feb 22 SPASA NSW AGM, Rydges Parramat t a
Feb 25- 27 Faci l i t i es Management Conf erence,
Crowne Pl aza, Sydney
Mar 5- 7 Australian Water Summit, RACV Club, Melbourne
Mar 8- 9 Pool , Spa & Out door Li vi ng Expo, Cl aremont
Showgrounds, Pert h Mar 20- 23
Int erbass 2008, Moscow, Russi a
Mar 24- 26 CIAE 2008 Theme Park Equi pment Exhi bi t i on,
Guangzhou, Chi na
Apr 17- 19 Ful l Front al Ti l e and St one Expo,
Sydney Showground
Apri l 19- 20 NSW Consumer Pool & Spa Expo,
Darl i ng Harbour
Apri l 29- 30 Aust ral i an Wat er Summi t , Sydney
June 11- 13 Int erbat h, Chi na
June 26- 27 SPASA NSW Trade Show, Rosehi l l Gardens
June 28 SPASA NSW Awards Di nner, Rosehi l l Gardens
Jul y 11 SPASA Ql d Trade Day
Jul y 12 SPASA Ql d Awards Ni ght
Jul y 16- 18 IAAPA Asi an Expo, Macau, Chi na
Jul y 18- Aug 2 Rescue 2008, Int er nat i onal Li f e Savi ng
champi onshi ps, Berl i n (pool event s) and
War nemnde (open wat er event s)
Jul y 26 WA Awards Ni ght
July 30- 31 SPLASH! Expo, Conrad Jupiters Gold Coast
The biggest pool and spa industry expo
in Australasia
July 31 SPLASH! Environmental Awards Gala Dinner
Aug 08- 24 2008 Summer Ol ympi cs, Bei j i ng
Sept 10 SPASA Ql d Gol f Day
Sept 12 SPASA Vi c Trade Day
Sept 13 SPASA Vi c Gal a Di nner and Awards Ni ght
Sept 25 Bob St anl ey Memori al Gol f Day, Camden Val l ey
Oct 15- 17 Worl d Aquat i c Heal t h Conf erence (WAHC),
Col orado Spri ngs
Oct 15- 18 Int erbad 2008, St ut t gart , Ger many
Nov 18- 21 Pi sci ne 2008, Lyon, France
Nov 18- 20 International Pool and Spa Expo (IPSE), Las Vegas
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These dates are subject to change and should be checked
with the relevant organisation. Please send calendar
submissions to chrismaher@intermedia.com.au
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industry news
FOLLOWING the acquisition of New
Zealand company Contamination
Control (CC) along with its well known
product range including Microlene,
FilterPure and SteriFlo, the New Zea-
land arm of Davey has merged with CC
to form a new business now known as
Davey Water Products Ltd.
As part of the merger, Davey has
relocated to new and larger premises at 7
Rockridge Avenue in Penrose, Auckland.
The great Aussie dream of owning a big
house in the suburbs is looking shaky as
Generations X and Y as well as empty-
nest baby boomers take to city living in
increasing numbers, according to KP-
MGs Population Growth Report 2007.
For the rst time in the reports 18-year
history the number of people moving
downtown is rivalling the number shifting
to leading growth corridors in the suburbs.
There is no greater measure of how
Australian values have shifted in a single
generation than in the numbers that
track the rise of downtown living, says
the reports author, Bernard Salt, a part-
ner in KPMGs Advisory practice.
The central core of our largest cities
is emerging as a growth area that now
competes with the outer suburbs and
with parts of the beach as the preferred
destination for Australians on the move.
In the funkiest, hippest and most
central parts of Melbourne, Sydney and
Brisbane, the number of new residents
moving in each year now tops 7000,
6800 and 6300 respectively and exceeds
the numbers added to each citys fastest
growing suburbs, says Salt.
And while Sydney might now be
losing people on its edge (in Campbell-
town) and growing slowly overall (0.9
percent p.a.), theres no lack of people
scrambling to get as close as possible
to the CBD action in our largest city.
Population density in inner Sydney is
three times the density of inner Perth,
says Salt.
The City of the Gold Coast reasserted
itself as Australias fastest growing place
with a net population increase of 17,374
over 12 months to reach a new base
of 507,439 permanent residents at 30
June 2006. The Gold Coast attracted
more than double the number moving
to the next fastest growing municipality
in Australia, Perths city of Wanneroo,
which had 8,112 new residents over the
same period.
The cities of Melbourne, Brisbane and
Perth are growing at close to record rates
fuelled by high levels of overseas migra-
tion, strong interstate migration and a
high birth rate and yet overall Sydney
is languishing with an annual growth
rate of less than one percent.
The report also found that Melbourne
is closing the population gap on Austral-
ias biggest city, Sydney. Melbourne is
attracting nearly double the population
growth attracted in Sydney with 62,306
added in the 12 months to June 2006 as
compared with 36,823 added to Sydney
over the same time. Sydney has 4.284
million residents which is 540,000 more
than Melbourne. If current growth rates
continue, Melbourne would overtake
Sydney as Australias largest city in 2028.
The report also shows that the Austral-
ian seachange shift is replicated to some
extent in New Zealand with movement
towards a warm climate lifestyle.
Population Growth Report 2007 is
published by KPMG in Australia and
costs $595. For more information go to
Statistics New Zealand has released data
showing that most small and medium
businesses (SMBs) are one-person shows,
with no additional paid employees. The
data shows that of the 361,000 small and
medium businesses in New Zealand, just
over one-third (38 per cent) have more
than one employee.
Australian landscape designers and artists
took on the best from around the world
at this years Chelsea Flower Show in
London and won handsomely. Timothea
Jewell and Christo Vassallo, from Lump
Sculpture Studio, won the Silver-Gilt
Floral Medal as part of the Flemings
Trailnders Australian Garden.
Chelsea attracts more than 150,000
visitors, as well as millions of television
viewers worldwide as the BBC continues
its extensive association with the show.
Lump Sculpture Studio was twice fea-
tured on the BBC.
The South Australian pool industry is
reportedly steaming ahead, defying the
potential negative implications from the
water restrictions. There is currently a
ban in Adelaide on topping up, but not
on lling. The state government has an-
nounced moves towards investigating a
second desalination plant.
Part of the growth is smaller pools, fol-
lowing the trend towards lap and splash
pools that require less water.
Australian Olympic swimmer Brooke
Hanson has retired from competitive
swimming after suffering a terrible
year in which she was shocked by an
electrical fault while promoting a spa
at the Melbourne consumer spa and
pool expo, suffered a shoulder injury
and helped her coach face and beat
sexual abuse charges. Her year wasnt
all bad however, as she married long-
time partner Jared Clarke. The 29-year
old may pursue a career in TV.
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industry news
A new company has set up a way to
make sure small and medium businesses
(SMBs) meet their commitments under
increasingly complex and changing
employment law.
Workforce Guardian has launched a
comprehensive online employment rela-
tions platform that provides a full suite
of legally compliant tools and services
to assist employers in correctly manag-
ing all aspects of employment relations;
including hiring, managing and exiting.
The right contract for any employee
can be created with the click of a button,
including six variations of employment
contract to suit all SMB situations as well
as a variety of templates, policies, forms
and letters. Step-by-step guides walk
employers through processes such as per-
formance counselling, disciplinary action
and dismissal. Customers can also access
Workforce Guardians employment rela-
tions experts if required. The system can
also integrate with payroll solutions.
The software resides online it doesnt
have to be installed on the SMBs
premises. The business pays an annual
subscription to access the service. If the
business decides to stop subscribing, it
can readily download all the data, which
it will still own.
Another benet is that the contracts are
in plain English, so everyone can easily
understand their rights and responsibili-
ties. To select the correct contract, you
answer a few simple questions in an
online Q&A.
Even if a small business only requires
one type of contract, this is still eco-
nomical, as a lawyer is likely to charge
more than the cost of a subscription
for a single contract, and thats without
the benets of the service add-ons and
online advice, says Adrienne Unkovich,
Managing Director.
The subscription cost for an SMB is
$950 p.a.
The program is like a guardian angel
sitting on your shoulder, saying this is
what you should do to be properly cov-
ered, she says. The program is particu-
larly helpful in covering SMBs against
making an error that could see them in
trouble with unfair dismissal.
For subbies, independent contractor
contracts can be built in ve minutes.
It also covers contracts for small family
businesses. Workforce Guardian has
union collective agreements as well as
independent and AWA contracts.
All material housed within the platform
has been ratied by Clayton Utz and the
documents and templates also update as
changes occur in legislation, making it
easy for SMBs to fully manage risk and
consistency across their business.
The fully compliant employment
contracts are produced to suit individual
businesses and are personalised with the
SMBs company logo.
For more information go to
A new way t o deal wi t h HR commi t ment s
INTERPOINT Events, the organiser of
the SPLASH! Pool and Spa Trade Ex-
pos, has been appointed as the Australa-
sian agent for the Piscine international
pool and spa show, held every two years
in Lyon.
Piscine 2008, to be held from Novem-
ber 18 to 21, has been restructured to
enable commercial pools and outdoor
products to sit alongside the residential
pool and spa displays.
There will be three simultaneous and
linked exhibitions in adjacent halls:
Piscine for pool products, accessories
and spas;
Aqualie for commercial pools and
wellness facilities; and
Wellgreen for outdoor equipment
and furniture, pool surrounds and exte-
rior lighting.
SPLASH! has designed an Australasian
Pavilion with space available for eight
exhibitors. The pavilion is in the Piscine
section of the exhibition.
Simon Cooper, Managing Director of
Interpoint, says the new pavilion presents
Australian and New Zealand companies
with a unique opportunity to target the
European market.
Piscine is the European event for the
pool and spa market, he says. It attracts
buyers from across the continent and if
companies are looking for distributors
or manufacturers, its the best place to
showcase their products.
Australian or New Zealand companies
who want to exhibit in Lyon can choose
to either be part of the Australasian
Pavilion, or select a stand of their choice
in any of the three halls.
Piscine will attract more than
700 exhibitors from 30 countries.
For more information contact Simon
Cooper on (02) 9660 2113 or scooper@
Aust ralasian pavilion a rst f or Lyon
Lyon, i n t he heart of Europe
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industry news
Chemtura ANZ has completed their
move from Melbourne to Adelaide. This
is a coup for the South Australian capi-
tal, as Chemtura is one of the worlds
largest specialty chemical companies
with a turnover of $US3 billion.
Adelaide will now be the headquarters
for the three key business units of Crop
Protection, Urethanes (Performance
Specialty Units) and Consumer Prod-
ucts, which focuses on the BioGuard
range of pool and spa water mainte-
nance products.
Tim Burrow, Chemtura ANZ MD, says
consolidating in Adelaide makes sense.
Geographically it is convenient to oper-
ate our business from South Australia.
Our Farm Services Division, Hannaford,
which is the premier processor of seed
in Australia, has an 85 year history of op-
erating from Adelaide. Additionally, we
believe our operating costs will be less
and we can offer employees the opportu-
nity of a better standard of living.
He also says that the expansion of the
Adelaide ofce has led to a number of
appointments at all levels and they are
still actively recruiting.
For further information contact Ina
Claro on (08) 8112 0900.
Lo-Chlor Chemi-
cals have ap-
pointed Claude
Claudio Avila as
their new Victorian and South Austral-
ian Customer Care Co-ordinator.
Avila will take the place of Jeff Feld-
man, who had previously been Custom-
er Care Co-ordinator in those two states.
Feldman is now going to remain in the
Sydney ofce together with his two
well known canine companions, Tony
and Wiseguy as part of the changes
made to the company over the past two
years, and to assist with their new plans
for the future.
Avila has had a wealth of experience in
the pool industry, having been involved
in retail, building and manufacturing,
and has extensive knowledge from the
ground upwards. Moreover, his past
experience owning and running his
own pool shops for many years will give
him insight into what is expected on
the other side of the counter. He will be
working in close conjunction with Feld-
man, who will remain in touch with the
Victorian and South Australian business.
Avila will be visiting members of the pool
industry to introduce himself, and can be
contacted on his 0416 221 600 or at Lo-
Chlor Melbourne on (03) 9776 4955 or by
email at claude@lo-chlor.com.au.
Avila will continue to work in unison
with the Lo-Chlor distributors in Victo-
ria and South Australia, listed here:
Victorian Distributors
Excel Pool Products, Paul Sproule,
(03) 9870 2058
Pool Systems, Gary Watt, 0403 580 502
Premium Quality Pool Products,
David Beitzel, (03) 9706 5066
South Australian Distributors
Pool Resources, Rod Wilson,
(08) 8359 4448
Pool Systems, Anthony Ramsay,
1300 366 020
Swimming pool industry journalist
Louis Sanchez has passed away. He was a
gregarious gure, renowned for enjoying
life and his love of a joke. He spent his
early adult life in the army, followed by
20 years adventuring on the high seas, ex-
ploring the oceans of the world as a deep
sea diver. For the past eight years he had
worked as a journalist and photographer
for Technique Piscines and LActivite
Piscine. Earlier this year, he lost his battle
with cancer. He is seen here temporarily
changing his support from France to Aus-
tralia at the 2003 FINA championships.
Focus has announced the appointment
of Teresa (Tess) Schembri to the position
of retail business manager. Schembri is
a chemical specialist with more than 16
years industry experience. She is a highly
experienced problem solver for difcult
pools and has extensive knowledge of
the retail side of the industry. Focus says
these attributes will help their network of
dealers drive business growth, as a retail
support specialist is unique to Focus
Products, giving their dealers more sup-
port and protability.
Schembri will be available to design
advertising campaigns and customer y-
ers, advise on the most protable retail
set-up, conduct customer nights and
more. She can be contacted on 0404
036 185 or 1300 1 FOCUS.
SPASA NSW stalwart Carole Hawke
has moved on, looking forward to a long
holiday. CEO Brian Hardiman thanked
her for her personal attention to mem-
bers and consumers, and the care and
consideration she gave their enquiries.
Hardiman is looking for a replace-
ment; a personable, mature person with
computer skills, good phone manner
and a sense of humour. The position is
permanent part-time with negotiable
hours but preferred from 10am - 4pm
Monday to Friday. Ideally, the person
will have industry knowledge. Please
contact Brian Hardiman initially by
email: bhardiman@spasa.org.au.
Tony Wright died from a brain tumour
in October. He was most recently with
Prime Sunbather and prior to that, with
Carlisle Solar.
He emigrated to Australia from England
about 35 years ago. About ten years ago
he started working with Carlisle Solar
in Sydney. He changed to Sunbather
about 18months ago when Carlisle was
sold. He was a very t and strong man
who enjoyed adventurous sport such as
motorbike riding, scuba diving, abseiling,
adventure skiing and bungy jumping. He
was described by next door neighbour,
friend and colleague John Dixon as a man
with a 100 per cent attitude to everything,
including work and sport. He wasnt the
type of guy to die wondering, he says.
He was the perennial life of the party who
loved a beer, and was also a devoted family
man. More than 200 people packed the
chapel at his funeral in Macquarie Park.
He left behind his wife, Heather, two adult
children Kylie and Andi and two grandchil-
dren, who were the passion of his life.
Indust r y moves
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industry news
Glow & Flow Lights
has appointed Caro-
lyn Doyle as Victo-
rian dealer/repre-
sentative. All enquiries for Glow & Flow
products in Victoria should be directed
to Doyle who can show you the range of
LED swimming pool light products and
service all requirements.
Though new to the pool industry,
Doyle has had years of experience in the
building and airline industry with her
husband, Mick, and together they make a
great team. She can be contacted at MPD
Building Solutions on 0402 637 288 or by
email on darcpat4@bigpond.net.au.
Toyesi says their success in developing
reliable pool heat pumps in Australia
has meant that they need to move to
bigger premises, thanks to a tremendous
increase in sales growth in both local and
overseas markets, particularly in the com-
mercial segment.
MD Peter Savtchenko says that the
recent move means Toyesi now has the
ability to support larger volume contract
work and conduct in-house product
training seminars on their range of com-
mercial pool heat pump equipment.
Toyesi staff are reportedly excited
about moving to brighter ofces at
larger premises. New contact details
are: 2/27 Binney Road, Kings Park,
NSW, 2148; phone (02) 9679 9400;
fax (02) 9679 9402; website
Davey Water Products has commis-
sioned a new 1300 number to facilitate
all pool-related business, enquiries
and customer support for the Davey
and Monarch pool pumps, lters, salt
water chlorinators and other associated
pool products.
All telephone orders and product
enquiries can now been made through
this service. The new number is 1300 2
DAVEY. The new fax number is 1300
304 850. Davey Pools Market Manager,
Paul Rice, says that the new number will
improve customer service and make doing
business easier, by handling all the day-to-
day pool business enquiries.
Zodiac has moved its head ofce and
warehouse to 219 Woodpark Road,
Smitheld, NSW 2164. 1800 and 1300
numbers remain the same but the switch
is now (02) 8786 6800.
A reminder from SPLASH! to all manu-
facturers and wholesalers whose business
details change go online and update
your details on the SPLASH! Trade
Directory that way everyone in the
industry will be able to nd you.
For manufacturers, wholesalers and dis-
tributors to update their information, go
to: www.splashmagazine.com.au/directory
and log on.
For builders, designers, pool shops and
facilities looking for suppliers, go to:
www.splashmagazine.com.au and click
on the Directory link.
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Competition Pools
a world leader in the manufacturing
of swimming pool accessories,
is seeking a distributor(s) to
represent our newly acquired
range of pumps, lters and heat
pumps. This range carries a
world recognized brand, and is
acknowledged internationally
for its high quality and
durability. This brand is
supported by aggressive
marketing and exhibits at
all high prole international
pool shows.
Interested parties should contact D'Arcy LeClaire,
Sales Manager Canada/Austral-Asia by email
Wright Pools is a leading Sydney pool builder
which has been involved in the swimming pool
business for over 40 years. We pride ourselves on
delivering a quality project each and every time.
Our motto is to do it right the rst time. As Wright
Pools is currently experiencing signicant growth
in enquiries, an exceptional opportunity currently
exists for an experienced dynamic sales person to
join our sales team.
Wright Pools is also entering the peak selling
season which presents an opportunity to earn
signicant money for the right individual.
The ideal candidate will:
Have proved sales skills and motivation to
secure sales
Have excellent communication skills
Good presentation and selling skills
The ability to work in a exible team environment
If this position appeals to you, email your resume
to rita@wrightpools.com.au
The family of Abigail Taylor, the six-year-old girl who lost part
of her intestine after an entrapment and evisceration incident
in the United States, is suing the Minneapolis Golf Club, own-
ers of the pool.
The medical expenses faced by the girl are estimated at
$AU34 million. The club reportedly has insurance of only
$AU7 million.
The lawsuit led by the family also names as a defendant
Pentairs Sta-Rite Industries, the maker of the pump.
The familys lawyer, Robert Bennett, alleges negligence by
both Sta-Rite and the golf club, saying the company knew its
suction cover was a hazard and failed to come up with a safer
product. The suit cites three prior disembowelments due to
Sta-Rite equipment. The suit also accuses the golf club of fail-
ure to properly install the cover and frame, failure to inspect
it and failure to close the pool when the cover came off on the
day of the incident.
There is reportedly disagreement between the golf club and
Sta-Rite about whether or not a golf ball had become lodged in
a pipe, creating a dangerous level of suction.
Sta-Rite released a statement alleging the golf club had
misused its pool products, provided inadequate site supervision
and not carried out proper maintenance.
A Singapore coroner has handed down a misadventure
verdict in the case of a death of an expatriate German -
nance director who drowned in an entrapment incident one
year ago. Starke, a trained diver and a regular swimmer,
was caught by the stomach on the suction of a condomini-
um spa pool.
The family were surprised and disappointed by the verdict.
The coroner also found that the grate over the spa pool suction
was broken and that this led to Arndt Starkes stomach becom-
ing trapped, and Starke drowning. However, the coroner said
there was no evidence of criminal negligence.
There had been another suction entrapment incident at the
spa pool four months previously, but the boy who had been
caught managed to escape.
Starkes brother, Henning, said he was disappointed that the
public-safety message was not stronger, and said the family
planned to le a civil suit.
A California couple survived that states recent devastating
bushres by jumping into their backyard pool.
Trapped in their hilltop home near San Diego by raging res,
driven by 130kph winds, Dr Roger Bielasz and his wife, Dena,
ran through the ames to their pool where they stayed up to
their necks in the water for three hours as the embers of their
house fell around them.
Their next door neighbours perished in the same re.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in the Unit-
ed States awarded four grants to explore health benets unique
to aquatic exercise and to immersion in hot/warm water.
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It seems even the rich and famous have to abide by local
council regulations and the power of local residents. Rolling
Stone Mick Jagger wanted to remove four magnolia trees on
the border of his 330-year-old property so he could build a
swimming pool.
Local residents in upmarket Chelsea lobbied council and
raised a petition to save the trees, leaving Sir Mick no alterna-
tive but to site the pool in the second most favoured location
on his rambling property inside a Georgian conservatory.
An elk spent 24 hours in a residential pool in Oskarstrm,
Sweden, in October after getting lost and falling in. The
pool had to be emptied for fear the animal would die from
the cold. Elks weigh several hundred kilos, so it had to be
tranquilised and lifted out by a forklift with a sling. After
laying on the grass for an hour, it wandered off to be joined
by its calf.
The operation saved the elk, but who knows for how long. Un-
fortunately, it is now elk hunting season in that part of Sweden.
Nexxus Lighting has closed the previously announced
merger with LED and fibreoptic lighting manufacturer,
Advanced Lighting Systems. The newly merged com-
pany, Advanced Lighting Systems (ALS), will continue
to operate out of the ALS manufacturing facility in Sauk
Centre, Minnesota. At the same time, Nexxus Light-
ing announced that the non-binding letter of intent it
entered into with LightWild of Kansas had expired and
will not be extended.
On September 27, the Zodiac Group and The Carlyle Group
have combined the Marine segment of the Zodiac Group with
Jandy Pool Products to create Zodiac Marine & Pool. Carlyle
owns 69 per cent of the combined entity, Zodiac 27 per cent
and the management team, led by CEO Jean-Marc Daillance,
the remaining 4 per cent.
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industry feature
he Queensland Water Commission
has introduced Level 6 water restric-
tions. This means that pool owners
must now provide proof the water used for
lling new or renovated pools has not come
from the South East Queensland domestic
water supply.
This shouldnt be a problem for SPASA
members, as SPASA Queensland has
access to 3 million litres per day from a
spring which can be used to ll new pools;
and consumers can still top up from the
domestic supply as a last resort.
Because of the savings residential
pool users have made by restricting their
water usage, the new measures have not
included a total ban on outdoor watering,
although the summer ahead will still pose
a challenge. Bucketing water on gardens
will continue to be allowed, as long as the
average consumption across South East
Queensland stays below 140 litres per
person per day target.
There are new changes for businesses,
too. They must now meet a target of 25 per
cent savings or best practice; and install
sub-meters on equipment and processes
using 15 per cent or more of their total
water. They can now face nes of up to
$124,875 for repeatedly failing to comply
with the Water Efciency Management Plan
(WEMP) process, and must allow inspec-
tions by council ofcers who can impose on
the spot nes ranging from $750 to $3750.
There are also new powers of entry to busi-
nesses (during normal operating hours) for
council ofcers to check for compliance.
The self sufcient pool
SPASA Queensland has introduced an
accreditation program to encourage and
acknowledge pool owners and prospective
pool buyers who want to enjoy (or continue
to enjoy) the domestic lifestyle that goes
with having a swimming pool while not
using a drop of precious tap water.
By embracing the concepts of the
Queensland Water Commission (harvest,
store and use other water) and then taking
them a step further, SPASA Members in
Queensland have developed and tested
new pool construction methods to ensure
that the water required during construc-
tion for the initial ll of the pool and the
subsequent top-ups do not come from the
domestic water supply.
Using post construction techniques, most
older pools can also be retrotted with water
saving devices and become self sufcient.
SPASA members and their customers
will save around 400 million litres of drink-
ing water in South East Queensland per
year in new pool construction alone.
SPASA says that by using these methods,
the home owner can have a self sufcient
swimming pool, and also a surplus of non-
potable water to wash the car, boat or dog,
and water the garden.
A SPASA Accredited EcoPool plaque will
be issued to each new or existing swim-
ming pool owner (new or old) who complies
with the water saving and water consump-
tion factors identied by the SPASA-ap-
pointed assessor so everyone is aware
that a Self-Sufcient Swimming Pool is on
the premises.
Victoria launches water
recycling scheme
SPASA Victoria has set up a Water Recy-
cling Program to allow members a means
of avoiding water wastage.
This is a great idea which should see the
end of sanitised pool water being dumped
when renovations to (or removal of) an old
pool are required. The water will instead be
used to ll a new or newly renovated pool.
It is not designed for broad commercial
purposes, but for members to recycle
water that would ordinarily go into storm-
water. All water advertised to the database
must be free.
Participants will send an email to the in-
terested persons database along the lines of:
I will have 25,000 litres of water available
from a pool in Judd Parade, Carlton on the
23rd October. Interested parties please call
Bob from Bobs Pools on 0417 222 222.
First to make arrangements with Bob
gets the water and its free!
To sign up for the program, email your
address and business name to
Already SPASA has shifted 400,000 litres
of water as part of the scheme.
Water wise products on web
The Smart Approved WaterMark, which has
more than 120 items to help save water in
the outdoor residential environment,
now has an easy way to nd products
approved under the system by going to
The website includes a specic section
for swimming pool related products.
And the Smart WaterMark gives
consumers condence that if the product
displays the Mark, it makes a real contribu-
tion to saving water, says Julian Gray, CEO
of Smart WaterMark.
The website not only has a full list of
approved products and where to get them,
it also includes useful information about
the many ways to save water and use it
more efciently.
The new consumer website launch
marks the start of a campaign to promote
the Smart WaterMark across Australia, a
program which is supported by federal and
all state governments. The WaterMark is
required for products in some states when
it comes to water rebates.
Several rainwater harvesting, greywater
systems and plumbing controllers also
meet the Mark, while some things as sim-
ple as pool and spa covers do as well.
More products are being added all the
time, once they have been assessed by the
Marks independent Technical Expert Panel.
Environment on the agenda
Water and energy saving around the country
The Pri nce of Comi cs, Gerr y
Connol l y, l aunches t he Smart
Approved Wat erMark websi t e
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industry feature
Man dies in water row
If anyone doubts how seriously some people view the water crisis,
then a recent incident in Sydney will change their minds.
Ken Proctor, a retired council truck driver, was hosing his Sylva-
nia garden in accordance with the water restrictions, which allowed
home owners to hand water after 4pm on this particular day. But
a passer-by presumably did not know this, and allegedly abused
him about wasting water. Proctor reportedly turned his hose on the
passer-by, who then allegedly punched and kicked Proctor, causing
him to have a heart attack, from which he later died.
The passer-by has been charged with murder. This story has been
ashed around the world as the sign of a country under extreme
duress due to the drought and subsequent water restrictions.
Also in New South Wales, long-wall mining has been blamed
for cracking creek and river beds, leading to millions of tonnes of
water disappearing from the States waterways.
A NSW government inquiry heard from the Sydney Catchment
Authority that more than 90 per cent of upper Nepean and Worono-
ra catchments have been, or will be, undermined.
The inquiry heard from environmental scientist, Martin Krogh,
who said that the short-term gains in prot from coal sales may
come at the expense of the long-term sustainability of Sydneys
metropolitan drinking water supply.
Sydney residents are also preparing for an increase in water
costs by 30 per cent over the next few years, to pay for the contro-
versial desalination plant.
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Perth Sydney Brisbane Melbourne International
Australias largest supplier of pool covers and rollers
n October, more than 22,000 visitors
went to Barcelona to experience the big
European show of 2007. They came from
more than 100 countries scattered around
the globe, with one-third of all visitors
coming from outside Spain.
The expo was held for the fourth time in
the new Gran Via exhibition centre, which
recently had the edition of a stunning new
entry. Previously, the Piscina show lled two
halls, but this time a third hall was added.
The extra oorspace had created a more
spacious feeling, despite the fact that there
was nearly 32,000 square metres of actual
displays. With three halls, wide corridors
and the elevated walkway, no one felt hur-
ried and visitors seemed to take longer look-
ing at displays. This in turn led to a general
perception on the rst day that the crowds
were smaller than previous years, but the
gures showed that actually there were
more people on the rst day than in 2005.
With 525 exhibitors representing 827
companies, it did take visitors a long time
to get through the rst two halls to the third
hall where many Australian companies
were set up. By the second day, however,
the crowds had evened out through the
halls, and everyone was happy with the
turnout. The nal numbers proved to be up
15 per cent on 2005.
Exhibitors came from 37 different
countries, including of course, Australia.
Many Aussie and one Kiwi company were
represented, and their presence took three
main forms: companies who were new to
exhibiting in Europe and were testing the
waters; those who had been doing it for a
while and were spreading their wings; and
companies who already had established a
European presence, and were represented
by their local branch or agents.
As well as exhibitors, Australasian build-
ers, retailers and distributors attended the
show as visitors looking for new ideas
and the chance to do some business.
The theme of this years expo was Sus-
tainability interpreted as the efcient use
of water, energy and raw materials, and
respect for the environment.
In Australia, thanks to our prolonged
drought, weve had a head start in the area
of water conservation. While the
drought and the associated water
restrictions have posed problems
for the Australian pool indus-
try, it has also led us to think
about ways of conserving water
though changes in attitude,
practice, design and equipment.
This became a real advantage
for one Australian company, Wa-
terco, who developed their Multi
Cyclone as a direct response to
the water crisis. They were re-
warded by winning the Sustainability Award
for the most environment friendly new
product at the show (see box on page 34).
Many of the hundreds of exhibits included
ideas to help the environment, from using
solar power to operate equipment, to vari-
ous water saving devices.
Continuing the theme from the 2005,
Wellness also captured a large slice of
attention. This included thalassotherapy
the use of seawater in aquatic wellness
activities. In Europe, the number of new
hotels with spa and thalassotherapy grew
Sust ainabilit y in the
Spanish spotlight
The most recent Piscina Barcelona focussed on the environment,
among the raft of new aquatic ideas
The st yl i sh new ent rance t o t he Gran Vi a
exhi bi t i on cent re and t he Pi sci na show
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more than 20 per cent last year. There were 74 exhibitors listed as
wellness companies at the show.
The conference program included a session dedicated to hydro-
thermal centres, amongst the many other topics such as: a round-
table on the European normalisation of standards for swimming
pool equipment and operation; a forum on swimming pool water
consumption; a discussion on the renewal of air in covered pools; a
safety discussion on working without risk in aquatic facilities; and a
look at the health benets of aquatic therapy.
Aussies on show
Kerry Gosse from AIS is one of the old hands at exporting to Eu-
rope, having been coming to Piscina Barcelona for 12 years. His
chlorinators are branded Natural Chlor for the European market.
Weve done very well here, he says. The stands have got pro-
gressively bigger and better every time. We also go to Lyon. Its been
a very good market for us, particularly now weve got commercial
chlorinators. You take places like the Canary Islands and Majorca
and place like that, theres a lot of commercial pools. Over time, Id
image weve sold more than 300 commercial chlorinators into the
Canary Islands alone. (See image A1 on page 31)
Bob Biernat, GM of breglass pool manufacturer Freedom Pools,
was exhibiting for his third time. Hes now set up a factory at Ali-
cante, making 800 pools per year to export all over Europe and the
UK, and even to the Bahamas.
Weve been at out, he says. First day was quiet, but today
weve been at out. Cant believe it. Australia is perceived as the
superior breglass product by far. We lead the way in design technol-
ogy, shapes, surfaces, textures. Thats due to strong competition in
our marketplace. Weve had to make better products to survive. (A2)
Waterco has been in the European market for many years through
their local branch headquartered in Kent. Tony Fischer, MD of
Waterco Europe, says theyve been exhibiting in Europe for seven or
eight years, and its the perfect platform to introduce all their new
products for 2008, including the now famous Multi Cyclone. We have
distributors in every country in Europe, he says. Were here really
to support those guys. (A3)
Michael Manseld from Ascon (seen here with sister Ruth) has
come back to Barcelona after his rst venture in 2005 as part of the
SPASA Queensland-led Aussie delegation. We believe its a good
opportunity to market Australian-made pool products into Europe,
because they appreciate the quality and the commitment to our
equipment, he says.
Vi si t ors came f rom more t han 100 count ri es
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One product to receive much interest was
their environmental heating controller. It
decides whether you need solar heating,
alternative heating such as a heat pump, or
a combination of both. For example, if there
is six degrees difference between the roof
and the pool, it will use both; if its above 15
degrees it will use only solar. Additionally,
the pre-heated solar water is directed to the
alternative heater, further reducing energy
consumption. (A4)
Ben Bremauer, product development
director for Clevaquip (branded Clevatech
at the show) was in Barcelona with partner
Tony Sharpe to promote the new Puresilk
system. Our new Puresilk range is only
just being launched, Bremauer says. We
wont actually have the Puresilk controller
until February next year by the time it goes
through approvals and everything, but this is
a show you cant miss. Were hoping this will
be a bit of a springboard, because weve got
some fairly unique, patented products. (A5)
Ross Palmer, MD of Poolrite, was very
encouraged by the interest in their prod-
ucts, considering it was their rst time in
Barcelona thought they had previously
been to Lyon, the European event that al-
ternates every second year with Barcelona.
The Magna Pool System achieved some
considerable interest and together with
Watercos Multi Cyclone made it to the
shows prestigious New Products Guide.
There were rumours circulating that Euro-
pean authorities were seriously interested
in one of the concepts behind the Magna
Pool System the use of glass lter media.
Palmer is seen here with Stephen Hogan,
Colin Redman and Adam Purnell. (A6)
Glen Rose of Jaymac is another gradu-
ate of the 2005 group to come over with
David Close. This time he displayed his own
products with exhibitor Pontoon, the French
company who manufactures Pool Angel,
which Jaymac distributes in Australia.
Theyve been really good, he says of
Pontoon. And they may be marketing
our products into Europe next season, so
itll be a two way street. He says theyve
had interest from all corners of the globe
from Mexico to Scandinavia. Rose says
theyre slowly educating the European
market about the fact that salt chlorinators
only handle the chlorine side of the pool
chemistry, while explaining how controllers
like Maxichem can t into the equation. (A7)
Hot Water Heat Pumps (HWHP) were the
only Kiwi presence in Barcelona, as far as
they knew. This is the rst time weve come
here, says Brahman Al Nadaf, International
Business Development Manager for HWHP.
Were looking to nd serious partners in
Europe. Im sure that well be closer to at
least having some better ideas by the end of
the show. Its a huge market.
Language was a bit of a problem. After
translating their brochure into Spanish, they
then found many locals actually speak Cata-
lonian, and in fact HWHP ran out of English
brochures before anything else. I think
weve learned a lot already, he says. (A8)
Bob Prince of Daisy Pool Covers, who
was also exhibiting for the rst time,
found enquiries coming from all over the
world including Russia, Azerbaijan, Israel,
France and Germany. Our product is of a
higher quality than is generally available in
Europe, he says. So were going for the
higher end of the market, but there seems
to be a lot of interest. (A9)
Weve been coming to Europe now for
many years, says Craig Nimmo, who set
up the international arm of Pool Systems.
We did Lyon and Barcelona. Europes a
big market for us France, Italy, Spain,
the UK, Holland even Sweden. Theres
a lot of pools in Sweden its surprising.
This is a really international show, the
Mediterranean, North Africa, the Mid-
dle East they seem to come to this one
rather than the US. I think what they like
is, here youve got all the languages cov-
ered, whereas in the US, if you cant speak
English, forget it. (A10)
Sean Bloodworth from Compu Pool
Products was exhibiting for the rst time
in Barcelona, after exhibiting previously at
Lyon. Its good, weve got a lot of people
interested, we also get a lot of people from
America who come over, so its a good point
Exhi bi t ors put a great deal of
ef f ort i nt o t hei r st ands
The symposi um l ooked at
envi ronment al , regul at or y
and heal t h i ssues
Even t i l e sampl es were
di spl ayed i nnovat i vel y
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A3 A4
A5 A6
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to meet. They already sell into Europe
through a major distributor in France. We
were in Lyon last year, and now we sell into
Israel, Cypress, Dubai, Holland and a few
other places that have popped up. Salt is
denitely more accepted now everyones
trying to get salt water chlorinators. (A11)
Weve been manufacturing in China for
many years, says John Skepper of Solar
Magic and JS Pool Products, who make
their products in both Ulladulla on the NSW
South Coast and in China. We were there
before it became fashionable.
And now, instead of just selling to
Australia and New Zealand, we sell
all over the world. And the business in
France would be ten times the business in
Australia. The solar equipment and solar
panels from Autumn Solar are big. Weve
gone into six gures on those, and the
solar showers. (A12)
Lo Chlor have been in Spain for ap-
proximately 16 years, and exhibited as
part of the AQA stand, one of their biggest
European distributors. Bernie Skelton of
Lo Chlor says: Spain is a big market for
us, I supposed wed sell about a tenth the
volume of Australia. Theres been lots of in-
ternational visitors today Cypress, Egypt,
Finland, Holland quite a surprise. (A13)
Frederic Vanhuysse of Inn-Tec, who has
distributed Beadcrete for one year in Europe,
was excited by the response. People like it,
but our main problem is that people dont
know pebble here. Europe is very traditional,
mainly its tiles and liners. Its something
completely news, they like it, but they dont
know how to apply it. So rst we had some
Australians come over to train the trades-
people, and step by step its getting known.
Vanhuysse says he thinks Barcelona is
a good location for reaching the southern
Mediterranean regions, which are more
suited to the look of pebble. They will soon
have installations in Spain, and already
have some in Portugal and even the UK,
where they found a builder experienced
in pebble who was very excited about the
product, as it avoids mixing onsite. (A14)
Monarch Pool Systems has been sell-
ing into Europe for many years, and are a
represented by their local branch, Monarch
Europe, which carries their full range into
the market.
As well as Aussie and Kiwi exhibitors
there were plenty of Antipodean builders
looking around such as Placid Pools Joe
Spelta and also a number of distributors
and manufacturers such as Jules Harwood
and David Webber from Spa Electrics who
were looking for European distributors; and
Scott Rawlinson from Solar Wise, recon-
noitring prior to exhibiting in Europe in the
near future.
Innovation on display
One of the main reasons visitors come to
the big European shows is to see whats
new: from technological advances to cute
ideas that may spin a few extra dollars.
Here is a sample of some of the innovative
ideas at the show, in addition to the exam-
ples of Aussie innovation mentioned above.
Albatica had a number of new products
on display, including the portable pool light,
shown here by Madigi (N1) and the Spa
Concept modular spa in which panels of
different colours and patterns can be mixed
and matched (N2).
Spanish company AstralPool had a
number of changes, including changing
the parent groups name from Aquaria to
Fluidra, and launching the new high-end
AP Signature range. Some of their new
products were the Water Saver pre-lter
which incorporates a micro-mesh bag to
remove large particles; the solar powered
pool cover (N3); and the award winning Wa-
terlift. The Waterlift is designed specically
for people who have a temporary disability,
industry feature
N1 N2 N3
N4 N5 N6
N7 N8 N9
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the aged, overweight people and injured athletes. It can be used in
community pools or high-end residential pools. It won the Innova-
tion Award at the show.
The ClimaWorld Cover (N4) is an interesting new idea from
Belgium, which secures the pool, insulates it and even makes the
space usable for other things such as alfresco dining. It includes
safety mechanisms to ensure no-one can get trapped underneath
it. At about 35,000 euros for a 6m x 3m unit, its not cheap, but it
could avoid the quandary of whether to choose an entertainment
space or a swimming pool for your backyard.
Aqua Couleur (N5) is a temporary colorant for swimming pools.
First the pool has to be neutralised to 0.5ppm of chlorine, then a
bottle of colorant is added for a 60,000 litre pool. The colour will
last for 48 hours or until the pool is shocked with 2ppm chlorine.
It is being distributed in Australia through Freedom Pools.
Many styles of outdoor shower were on display. They are a health
product as well as a lifestyle item showering before swimming
can help reduce health risks, chemical use and lter wear. These
serpentine, colourful examples are from Different Concept (N6).
Mike Duo from US company Ecosmarte (N7) is looking for an
Australian agent for their copper ionisation and natural oxygen
system, and says they have an APVMA number. For more info go to
Patricia from Swimways displays the Spring Float (N8) which pops
up like a little sunshelter. You then blow up the outside section, and
the water seeps through holes to keep the bather cool. They sell
about three million of these in the US, and are available in Australia
through Dorsey Irwin Pacic.
Kripsol released their Series Thor sand lters (N9), with an extra
ltering bed height of 1.2m, and diameters of up to 2m.
There were a number of different versions of modular pool con-
struction (N10) such as the Speck Espanola system which utilises
resin and polypropylene panels to put the pool together within 5
days, including liner installation and waterproong.
Oxineo (N11), manufactured by Adamant Technologies (Switzer-
land) was given a special mention in the Sustainability Award as the
device reduces the amount of chemicals needed while achieving
effective disinfection.
Wel l ness was al so
a maj or t heme
of t he show
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Blue-I was another innovative product on
show: a modular amperimetric chlorine an-
alyser-controller that can provide measure-
ments of 6 parameters: free chlorine, pH,
temperature, turbidity, inductive conductiv-
ity and ow rate.
Pool Igloo (N12) is a lightweight tex-
tile cover for swimming pools. Its made
from high-tenacity polyamide fabric and
breglass arches, and the whole thing can
be assembled or pulled down and stored
within 30 minutes. Its waterproof and
resistant to wind, snow and hail. Theyre
looking for an Australian distributor. For
more information, email Alvaro Rebull at
A number of pump houses were featured
including one from Dome (N13) which
hides the equipment in a faux rock, and
Tekbox from Espa (N14), which buries the
equipment safely and quietly underground.
Smaller spas were a trend, including this
two person spa by AquaE (N15) designed
to t in apartments or
on balconies.
Keeping with
the sustainabil-
ity theme, there
were many solar
powered prod-
ucts and related
solar panels,
including a solar
panel from Aurin-
cio used to power
pool LEDs.
Waterco takes the prize in Barcelona
Thi s year t here were
t wo awards up f or
grabs at t he Barce-
l ona Int er nat i onal Pool
Show: Innovat i on and
Sust ai nabi l i t y.
The Innovat i on Award
went t o t he Ast ral Pool -
di st ri but ed Wat erl i f t
mechani cal st ai r sys-
t em produced by Span-
i sh company Met al ast .
But t he bi g new s f or
t he Aust r al i an i ndus-
t r y was t hat Wat er co s Mul t i Cycl one won t he Sust ai nabi l i t y Awar d f or i t s new
f i l t r at i on syst em.
The Mul t i Cycl one i s a new Aust ral i an- desi gned and pat ent ed swi mmi ng pool l t ra-
t i on devi ce. It has worl dwi de pat ent pendi ng.
Usi ng t he pri nci pl e of cent ri f ugal f orce, t he Mul t i Cycl one pre- l t er reduces wat er
consumpt i on and ext ends t he l i f e of exi st i ng l t ers. It works t oget her wi t h sand,
di at omaceous eart h or cart ri dge l t ers, t t i ng bet ween t he pump and t he exi st -
i ng l t er. It removes up t o 80 per cent of t he i ncomi ng sedi ment bef ore t he wat er
reaches t he exi st i ng l t er. The end resul t i s t hat t he l t er requi res l ess cl eani ng,
savi ng wat er and t i me.
The Mul t i Cycl one i s cl eaned by si mpl y openi ng a purge val ve. The ent i re cl eani ng
process onl y uses about 15 l i t res of wat er. When used i n conj unct i on wi t h a sand
l t er, t he wat er savi ngs can be up t o 5000 l i t res per year. Cart ri dge l t ers may onl y
need t o be cl eaned once ever y one or t wo years, dependi ng on t hei r si ze.
Ot her product s t o recei ve a ment i on i ncl ude t he Wat ersaver pre- l t er produced
by Auri cpool and di st ri but ed by Ast ral Pool ; and t he Oxi neo di si nf ect i on syst em by
Swi ss company Adamant Technol ogi es.
A t ot al of 63 product s f rom 50 i nt er nat i onal compani es were j udged by an expert
panel assembl ed by t he Inst i t ut e of Const ruct i on Technol ogy of Cat al oni a (It eC),
whi ch i ncl uded t echni cal expert s, archi t ect s, di rect ors of Spani sh aquat i c associ a-
t i ons and gover nment sport i ng bodi es.
industry feature
N10 N11 N12
N13 N14 N15
Ast ral Pool s award
wi nni ng Wat erl i f t .
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The most technically advanced pool cleaner of its type in the
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experience. Well established in the USA and European markets,
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The PoolCleaner
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Suction side model shown.
Pressure side model also available.
industry advice
Labors employment plan
what does it mean f or SMBs?
he Labor Government intends intro-
ducing a new system of industrial
relations and is committed to ensur-
ing a smooth transition to this new system.
Based on stated policy to date, most of
the changes wont take effect until Janu-
ary 1, 2010 to provide a two-year period to
complete an award simplication process
which underpins the new system. A Transi-
tion Bill which will set out the process is
expected in early 2008.
The key points are:
A new award system will apply to em-
ployees earning less than $100,000 but
genuine non-union collective agreements
could apply to these employees.
Only employees earning over $100,000
will be able to have individual agreements
(more exible common law agreements).
Awards will be modernised and simplied
and limited to 10 matters.
There will be a safety net of ten National
Employment Standards.
All awards and collective agreements will
be required to contain a exibility clause
to permit individual variations between
the employer and employees.
Businesses with fewer than 15 employees
will be protected from unfair dismissal
claims during the rst 12 months of
Individual Transitional Employment
Agreements (ITEAs) may be made during
the transition period subject to certain
conditions and transitional arrangements
will apply for existing AWAs.
AWAs and ITEAs
Australian Workplace Agreements AWAs made
prior to the implementation date of Labors
Transition Bill (due early in 2008) will remain
in force until either their stated expiry date or
December 31, 2012, whichever is earlier.
During the two year transitional period
an employer who has any employee en-
gaged on an AWA as at December 1, 2007,
will be able to make an Individual Transi-
tional Employment Agreement (ITEA) with
a new employee or an existing employee
whose terms and conditions are governed
by an AWA. They will have a nominal expiry
date of December 31, 2009. They must not
disadvantage the employee compared to an
applicable collective agreement, applicable
award or the Australian Fair Pay and Condi-
tions Standard (AFPCS).
National Standards
Ten National Employment Standards will
apply to all employees, covering:
Hours of work;
Parental leave;
Flexible work for parents;
Annual leave;
Personal, carers and compassionate leave;
Community service leave;
Public holidays;
Information in the workplace;
Notice of termination and redundancy;
Long service leave.
Award simplication
Labors system is underpinned by a
streamlined award system for all em-
ployees earning less than $100,000. This
process will be completed over a two year
period which is why the new system will not
come into force until January 1, 2010.
These new awards will be limited to ten
matters as follows:
Minimum wages (including skill-based
classications and career structures,
incentive based payments and bonuses,
wage rates, and arrangements for ap-
prentices and trainees).
The type of work performed (eg. permanent,
casual work and exible arrangements).
Arrangements for when work is per-
formed (eg. hours of work, rostering, rest
breaks, meal breaks).
Overtime rates for employees working
long hours.
Penalty rates for employees working
unsocial, irregular or unpredictable hours
on weekends or public holidays, and as
shift workers.
Provisions for minimum annualised wage
or salary arrangements as an alternative
to penalty rates etc.
Allowances (including reimbursements,
higher duties and disability-based payments).
Leave, leave loadings and arrangements
for taking leave.
Consultation, representation and dispute
settling procedures.
Collective agreements
Collective enterprise bargaining will be at the
centre of Labors industrial relations system.
However, union membership will be vol-
untary and unions will not have an automatic
right to be involved in enterprise collective
bargaining. Genuine non-union collective
agreements can be made, without the need
to notify an eligible union that negotiations for
a non-union agreement have commenced.
Adrienne Unkovich from Workforce Guardian
offers her insights into the new federal
governments employment legislation
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industry advice
Awards and collective agreements must contain a exibility clause
enabling an employer and employees to make individual arrange-
ments that suit them. This may include matters such as:
Rostering and hours of work;
All-up rates of pay;
Provisions that certain award conditions do not apply where the
employee is paid above a xed percentage as set out in the award;
An arrangement to allow an employee to start and nish work
early to allow them to collect their children from school without
the employer paying additional penalty rates for the early start.
More exible common law agreements
The Government intends to implement more exible Common Law
agreements for employees earning more than $100,000 who will
not be covered by the award system. The ten National Employment
Standards will apply to such employees.
The calculation of the $100,000 threshold will be the employees
guaranteed ordinary earnings and includes:
Pay received for ordinary hours of work;
Guaranteed overtime;
Other monetary allowances that are a guaranteed part of the
employees normal remuneration arrangements.
The threshold will be indexed in line with annual growth in ordi-
nary time earnings for full time adult employees.
Unfair dismissal and industrial action
Employees who have been employed for less than a year in a busi-
ness that employs fewer than 15 employees will not be able to
bring a claim for unfair dismissal.
The existing arrangements concerning industrial action and second-
ary boycotts will remain. Protected strike action will only be possible
in limited circumstances during bargaining for a collective agreement,
subject to employees approving of the action by secret ballot. Second-
ary boycotts will be regulated by the Trade Practices Act as at present.
Where industrial action occurs or is threatened, Fair Work
Australia will be required to deal with such matters quickly and
effectively. Those affected by unprotected industrial action will be
able to apply directly to the Court for orders.
The existing arrangements for union right of entry will be
retained. A union ofcial will be able to enter premises to hold dis-
cussions not only with members of the union, but also those who
are eligible to be members of the union.
Regarding building and construction industry regulation, Labor will
retain the existing arrangements for the ABCC until January 31, 2010.
What should you do?
First and foremost, there is no need to panic the key changes
will not be implemented for two years.
However, given the size of the Governments mandate, it would
not be surprising if the process is accelerated to some degree.
The most important thing to do right now if you have any inten-
tion of using AWAs or ITEAs in the future, is to get one or more
of your employees on an AWA otherwise you wont be able to
make ITEAs during the transition period. The Workforce Guardian
contract generation system can help you with this.
Keep an eye on Workforce Guardian www.workforceguardian.com.
au. Regular updates will be posted to keep you informed about
changes as they occur and their potential impact.
Adrienne Unkovich is the Managing Director of Workforce Guardian,
a cost effective online employment relations solution that helps
SMBs comply with Australias employment legislation.
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residential feature
t actually rains a fair bit in many parts
of Australia, its just that it doesnt
always fall where wed like it in the big
dam catchments for example.
This can be particularly frustrating when
we see rain ooding suburban streets and
teeming off roofs, but dam levels dont rise
and water restrictions remain in place.
One solution is to capture the rain as it falls
on the roofs and direct it to a rainwater tank.
This approach is common throughout rural
Australia, but is relatively new to the cities.
That captured water can then be used
for gardening, ushing toilets and, if suit-
able, for drinking, washing and cooking.
And of course, it can be use to top up
swimming pools, when the water level has
dropped because of backwashing, splash-
ing and/or evaporation.
But even easier and cheaper than build-
ing a rainwater tank is to use a rainwater
diverter (also known as a downpipe divert-
er). This doesnt actually store the water,
but is a means to direct more rainwater to
the pool.
For example, the pool may have a sur-
face area of 50 square metres. The roofs
surface area may be 150 square metres.
So with the use of rainwater diverters, the
pool owner could conceivable quadruple
the amount of water going into a pool every
time it rains.
Over a year, this could potentially add up
to more than 150,000 litres of water being
additionally directed to a pool from a single
150 square metre roof in Sydney. This, of
course, depends of the rain falling at a time
when it is needed.
However, there is also a concept that al-
lows you to store rain in the pool. By having
variable level skimmer boxes, for instance,
up to 2750 litres of water can be stored
in a typical backyard pool. Bryan Goh de-
scribes this concept in more detail on p23
of the April/May 2007 edition of SPLASH!,
which is available for download at www.
splashmagazine.com.au. (Click on Archive
and select the relevant PDF.)
The other question with all types of rain-
water harvesting is water quality. Austral-
ians all over the country drink and enjoy
the water from their roofs every day, but we
still have to look at maintaining water qual-
ity coming off the roof.
In general, the levels of contamination
by chemicals and organic matter is quite
low, but it does need to be taken into con-
sideration. For example, areas with heavy
traffic, smelters, commercial incinerators
and heavy industry can have chemical
contaminants, while treed areas may have
leaf mulch, bird and possum droppings on
the roof.
Organic matter is more easily ushed off
iron roofs, and while the roofs themselves
may introduce small quantities of zinc, they
are not generally at a level to cause concern.
For water diverters (as well as water
tanks) a rst ush system can overcome
much of these problems. This can be done
manually by simply letting the rst part of
any rainfall go to stormwater, or can be
done automatically, using a oating ball
device. Occasionally washing the roof and
using debris lters is also advised. Studies
show that the rst litre of water contains
the most contaminants, and after about the
fourth or fth litre the water is consider-
ably better.
Additionally, the water can be directed
into the pools balance tank, if available, so
it is ltered before reaching the pool.
A few years ago, the only freely avail-
able rainwater diverter was the Lenny. But
because of the water crisis and the recom-
mendation by some water authorities to
use water diverters to top up pools such
as in Queensland the number of devices
on the market has multiplied.
Here is a rundown of some of them.
Saving rain
Making the rain fall mainly in the pool
The Net a di vert er
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residential feature
The Lenny
Inventor Leonard Norton started marketing this
Aussie product many years ago it has now
reached a new level as its been taken on
board by Pool Systems. A new round
version has recently been released,
as the earlier versions were only for
rectangular downpipes.
Pool Systems says that one of the
advantages of the Lenny is that you
decide when to use the water, by
choosing when to open the gate. They recom-
mend a manual rst ush for ve minutes
letting that water go to the stormwater before opening the gate
to let the rainwater into the pool.
Pool Systems suggests the pool builder plumbs the diverter into
the lter box, so it catches the water invisibly. The Lenny can also
be used to divert rainwater away from a water tank and directly into
the pool. It has been approved under the Smart WaterMark.
For more information on the Lenny contact Pool Systems
on 1300 366 020.
The Frogmouth lter
The Frogmouth is a rst stage lter
that removes leaves and gutter debris.
It is fully enclosed, protect-
ing the rainwater storage
from mosquitoes and
preventing sunlight from
stimulating algae.
It can be used as a rainwater
diverter or used to lter water going
into storage tanks.
The Frogmouth can be cut into existing
downpipes and in most installations acts
as an overow back down the downpipe, saving the additional plumb-
ing of a separate overow. It is made from rugged PVC and includes
a durable 0.9mm stainless steel mesh lter. The Frogmouth has con-
nections to suit common 90mm PVC stormwater pipe.
The system works in the following way:
Rainwater from the roof enters the lter from the downpipe,
passes through the mosquito proof stainless steel mesh and into
the storage tanks or to the pool;
Dirt, leaves, moss and other debris from the roof is diverted
by the mesh and unique roller system in the lter directly
to the stormwater;
In the event of storm water being forced back up into the lter,
this contaminated water is trapped in the lower chamber of the
lter and expelled via the lower Frogmouth lter ap;
Once the water pressure drops, the ap closes, sealing the lter
from birds, pests and vermin.
No separate tank overow is required in most installations.
Rainwater exits via a 90mm pipe connection.
When the storage tanks are full or the outlet is closed, excess
water is prevented from entering the tanks and diverted to the
stormwater drain.
It can be combined with the Lazy Lizard secondary lter to pro-
duce even cleaner water.
For more information on the Frogmouth and the Lazy Lizard con-
tact Waterco at www.waterco.com.au or call (02) 9898 8686.
The new round Lenny
Cut away
of t he
Frogmout h
l t er
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residential feature
Neta Diverter
Neta has developed a range of rainwater
products that are simple to use and install,
including this water diverter and associated
pipes, hoses and taps.
It has been designed with the intention of
diverting stormwater to:
top up swimming pools;
water dry gardens or lawns with more
water than would be possible with only
light rain;
water gardens that are under eaves and
might not be getting the rain;
manage the ow where there are
multiple tanks or when the tanks are at
different heights.
A removable valve gate ensures that you
can easily clear the diverter or downpipe
of leaves, balls or other objects that might
become trapped.
For more information contact Neta on
(07) 3865 2300 or email sales@ppi.com.au.
Australian RainSaver
The Australian RainSaver is a similar con-
cept, but with slightly different design. It is
an easy-to-install automatic system that
can be used on residential and commer-
cial buildings.
By tting the RainSaver to one or more
downpipes, water automatically collects in
the lower reservoir and is distributed via ve
conventional hoses to the areas you choose.
Any excess water that is not distributed by
the ve hoses will ow through the downpipe
and off to either a water storage tank or into
the stormwater drain. This would only hap-
pen during very heavy rainfall.
The residential model RainSaver-R has
four 12mm and one 18mm hose connec-
tions. The commercial model RainSaver-C
has ve 18mm hose connections to handle
the higher volume of rainwater.
The RainSaver can save and distribute up
to a maximum of 4000 litres of water per
hour with an installation at 2m to 3m height
and using 10m long hoses.
It can be used to top up pools, water gar-
dens including areas that dont get exposed
to rain, supply water tanks and increase the
water table. It has the Smart WaterMark.
For more information call (02) 8539 7300.
Smart Water Diverter
According to the people at Smart Water
Diverter, 1mm of rain on the average house
can generate 250L of water.
Their new generation Smart Water Divert-
er can collect rainfall and even heavy dew
and divert it through double outlets to the
garden, lawn, or to top up a pool, spa or tank.
There are two outlets, one for a pool hose
and one for a garden hose.
In extra heavy rain, what the Smart Water
Diverter doesnt harvest, simply goes down
the back cavity of the diverter. For rst ush
or to stop water diversion, simply twist the
top joint of the diverter into the off position
and water will ow down the back cavity
and away as usual. To start harvesting again
simply twist the top joint into the on position.
It includes twin 32mm outlets, is capable
of 14,000 litres per hour, and can be turned
on and off with the inbuilt tap. It is Austral-
ian-made and can be painted to match the
downpipe. It has the Smart WaterMark.
For more information contact Brushland
on (07) 3200 0494.
The MC Diverter
The MC Diverter is a very simple device that
costs less than $50 and is easily installed
by cutting a small section of the downpipe.
It can be used to feed into a tank or other
storage device or can direct the water to
pool, garden or other location. It can also
help ll rainwater tanks that cannot be
positioned close to the downpipe because
of conned and limited spaces.
In automatic mode, the device is able to
ll the tank to its full capacity. Any excess
will automatically ow away via the over-
ow mechanism back to the downpipe.
In manual mode the user is able to col-
lect or divert the water straight from the
device onto a receptacle. When not in use,
its a simple case of screwing the cap back
onto the devices outlet and the water will
simple ow down the downpipe.
For more information go to
www.mccollections.com.au or call
(02) 9556 2965.
Net as di vert er can be
convert ed f or round or
rect angul ar downpi pes
An earl y
prot ot ype of
t he Aust ral i an
Rai nSaver
Smart Wat er
Di vert er by
Brushl and
The MC Di vert er showroom
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