AFL star “ripped off pool buyers”

SPASA Victoria has highlighted the dangers of using non-SPASA members following an investigation into the behaviour of former AFL star Nick Stevens.

Stevens is facing an investigation by the Victorian building watchdog (the VBA) amid claims he owes substantial money to suppliers and has ripped off Mildura pool buyers.

The investigation centres on allegations his business Leisure Pools Mildura installed swimming pools without permits, and failed to complete work.

There are allegations of deception and reports that several customers who paid deposits to Leisure Pools Mildura have been left with incomplete pools, as well as debts outstanding to suppliers.

Beware owner builders

Brendan Watkins, CEO of SPASA Victoria, says the only way consumers can ensure a seamless construction of their backyard pool or spa is to contract a registered pool builder and SPASA member.

“Those that cut corners and go Owner Builder – or worse – don’t obtain permits, are exposing themselves to significant safety and financial pain. The association publishes a large array of free consumer advice,” he says.

He says there are three questions consumers should always ask of their practitioner prior to engaging them:

  • “Are You A Registered Building Practitioner?”
  • “Are you a SPASA Pool Builder Member?”
  • “Do you use a SPASA Pool Construction Contract?”

Here are seven signs that your practitioner may not be registered.

If a building practitioner is not registered, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) can prosecute through the court system. The VBA website holds registration details of all registered practitioners, so it is easy to verify that a registration is current and that the practitioner is appropriately qualified to conduct the task for which they are being employed.

If you become aware of anyone offering to provide services without being registered, or you suspect there may be a registration issue, you can contact the VBA via the website or by phone on 1300 815 127.

Details of all Registered Building Practitioners are available on the VBA website at www.vba.vic.gov.au.

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