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Barrier Inspections Delayed

logo_newsNEWS RELEASE 26 February 2015
Barrier Inspections Delayed 

More time to get it right

An eleventh hour delay by the NSW Government to postpone pool barrier compliance – the second in as many years – has been met with support by industry experts.
The revised date of 29 April 2016 means that all residential properties that are sold or leased with a swimming pool or spa pool have an additional 12 months to obtain a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance annexed to the contract.   
SPASA NSW CEO Spiros Dassakis said he was comforted by assurances that the government was now prepared to invest in necessary dialogue with the swimming pool and spa industry.  
“While we are disappointed with the program’s second delay, in particular because we have been proactively providing feedback to government, we support the extension in order to allow more appropriate and meaningful consultation to take place,” Mr Dassakis said.
“We are pleased that the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole has finally listened to our industry, one that has provided voluminous submissions offering sensible and workable safety solutions.” 
Responding to claims that a drastic shortage of trades and certifiers has led to the delay, Mr Dassakis said the industry had the necessary resources and expertise to support the initiative.
“Government only needs to look within the industry – an industry that’s made of people who live and breathe pools and spas – to see that it has the available resources at its fingertips,” he said. 
“Through industry consultation, we can better ensure that the appropriate trades are available, certifiers are ample, and that the industry as a whole can participate on the frontline of safety, as opposed to not being considered at all,” he said.
Mr Dassakis encouraged homeowners to take advantage of the extension by seeking advice regarding compliance of their pool and spa barrier from their local council or industry professional,” he said.
Spiros Dassakis, CEO of the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance said “The 20% increased attendance at this year’s expo validates the love that New South Wales and ACT residents have for pools, spas and outdoor living”.
 “Expo visitors were able to explore all the health and lifestyle benefits associated with pools and spas, consider indoor and outdoor alternatives and evaluate modern design trends that best suit their lifestyle, budget and family home environment”.
“Homeowners now appreciate how easy it is to create a resort in their back yard more than ever before. The demand for pools, spas and water feature installations and associated landscaping continues to boom and the creation of the Aussie backyard oasis has become an essential part of the modern home and outdoor living experience. 
“Exhibitors reported excellent leads and sales levels which provides an enormous financial injection to the industry and the overall economy” adds Dassakis.
For further information, please contact:
Spiros Dassakis - CEO
Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW & ACT (SPASA NSW & ACT) 
1/33 Daking Street, NORTH PARRAMATTA NSW 2151, 
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