Aquatics and Commercial

news of interest to commercial and public pool operators, builders and designers, and the aquatics industry

Latest tenders for pool refurbishment and lease

Latest tenders for pool design, refurbishment and lease with close dates in May in NSW,  Victoria and Queensland.

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Class acts at AIS 25-year celebration

The 25-year celebration for Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) was unlike anything previously seen in the swimming pool and spa industry.

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Court holds Dreamworld pre-inquest

A pre-inquest hearing into the four deaths on a malfunctioning ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in 2016 has heard that a faulty water pump caused a raft to became stranded, which then likely led to the deaths.

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Fluidra and Zodiac merger getting closer

Australian and New Zealand regulators are moving forward with the acceptance of the Fluidra and Zodiac merger. In November 2017, Zodiac and Fluidra reached agreement to merge their pool equipment businesses globally, including in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission is now holding an informal review and inviting comments from interested […]

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AstralPool Australia takes on SPASA platinum sponsorship

AstralPool Australia has taken on SPASA Australia’s 2018 Platinum Sponsorship.

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Murder and manslaughter charges over US waterslide death

Schlitterbahn Waterpark executives have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless second-degree murder over the 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab.

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Brendan Watkins resigns as SPASA Victoria CEO

The longest standing state-based SPASA CEO, Brendan Watkins, has resigned. He had marshalled the Victorian organisation since 2006.

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Step-father of drowned boy jailed for seven years

In a case that highlights the importance of supervision, the stepfather of a five-year-old boy who drowned at a UK water park has been jailed for more than seven years. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

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Latest digital edition of SPLASH! is live

As well as the informative news items and product information, this issue has many features some great information on how swimming is helping our country become healthier, and reasons why swimming pools are a great social and financial investment.

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NSW program helps 400,000 kids become more active

Almost 400,000 Active Kids vouchers have been downloaded to help pay for kids swimming lessons and other active sports in New South Wales, indicating the program’s state-wide success. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she is thrilled that parents were using the opportunity to download their $100 voucher to cover the cost of sports and active recreation […]

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Melbourne surf park backed by $28 million investment

Urbnsurf has announced it has recently secured $28.3 million in funding to develop Urbnsurf Melbourne at Melbourne Airport, the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden “Cove” surfing lagoon.

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Family backyard swimming lessons safeguarded in new amendment

The Public Health Amendment (Review) Act 2017 now clarifies that public swimming pools include pools on private premises that are used for commercial purpose. This does not include backyard pools used for private lessons such as where a homeowner hires a swim teacher to teach their child to swim in their pool.

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Study shows mermaid tails severely hamper swimming ability

The ACCC commissioned a study by the Royal Life Saving Society of WA (RLSSWA) to test and compare the swimming skills of children aged between two and 12 while wearing and not wearing the tails and fins.

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Latest tenders for pool construction and refurbishment

Latest aquatic tenders with close dates in March in NSW, Tasmania and South Australia.

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Three States to trial remote control of electricity-hungry appliances

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has joined with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the New South Wales Government to fund a three-year trial featuring a range of creative solutions to the challenge of spiking demand at peak times.

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Tips for tiling pools in hot weather

Laticrete offers some tips for care with mortar during the upcoming summer.

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