AQUA – Spring 2021

MPBAA’s Official Trade Magazine for the industry, by the industry

Front coverWelcome to the next edition of AQUA Magazine – our new quarterly magazine representing everything our wonderful industry has to offer nation-wide!

In this, our third edition, you'll hear from our CEO Chris Samartzis as he opens up about our new name.

We chatted with industry leaders:

  • Andrew Pullen (Spa World/Vortex Leisure),
  • James Lascelles (OFTB),
  • Rachael Pritz (RB Retail & Service Software Solutions),
  • Andrew Whyte (Whyte Gardens),
  • Paul Simons and Jeff Feldman (Lo-Chlor). ‘

All respected industry professionals who kindly offer their insights into issues impacting our industry from their unique perspectives.

We featured the one and only Georgia Harper (of Georgia Harper Landscape Designs). Georgia tells us a little about herself and shares her experience as one of our MPBAA Awards of Excellence Judges this year.

We are very proud of this magazine and promise to continue sharing trends and insights from the most respected, credible and trusted professionals within our industry. This includes you. Contribute to YOUR magazine and help us showcase anything that is new, different, unique, innovative and informative about our great industry.

Read Spring 2021 Edition of AQUA Digital Trade Magazine HERE

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MPBAA Primary ColourAs of 1st of September 2021, the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria will become Master Pool Builders Association Australia.

This decision has been 18 months in the making and is part of the evolutionary process of our organisation and industry. After a range of feedback and external consultant reviews, it became evident that our industry was looking for and needed a focused body to cater to the growing demand within our sector.

WE STAND FOR: Enduring quality of life, character, workmanship, product, and service.

“An Australian Master Pool Builder embraces quality in all aspects of their business. They take pride not only in their workmanship but in their values of integrity, ingenuity, and mastery. Our members represent the best and most respected professionals in the industry. Together we commit to delivering inspired, quality pool and spa solutions that bring Australian families enjoyment, connection, and wellbeing for years to come.

That is what enduring quality means to us.” says CEO - Chris Samartzis.

For further information and media comment please contact:

Chris Samartzis, CEO MPBAA – 0418 443 758

MEDIA RELEASE

MPBAA VALUES

SPASAVIC COVID Member Update Header Sept 2020 Advocacy120The Victorian Government has announced Regional Victoria will enter lockdown from 1pm Saturday, 21 August until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September. 

They have also announced changes to the construction industry in Regional Victoria in line with the Metro Melbourne restrictions however, there is no curfew within Regional Victoria. 

Construction - Unoccupied Sites

Each small-scale construction site will:

  • Reduce the number of people on-site to five people plus a supervisor at any one time.
  • Limit movement of workers between different sites. For small-scale construction, supervisors can move between sites and specialist contractors can move between up to three sites per week.
  • All workers moving between multiple sites must wear a face mask (indoors and outdoors), check-in using the Victorian Government’s QR code app, and observe hygiene measures.
  • Supervisors moving between sites should adhere to enhanced COVIDSafe practices.

Construction - Occupied Sites

Services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times. All workers must wear a face mask (indoors and outdoors). Solo work only unless additional workers are required for safety reasons:

  • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning, and other building work, including at occupied premises.
  • Home renovations and installations (outdoor only)
  • Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access).

SPASAVIC COVID Member Update Header Sept 2020 Advocacy119Metro Melbourne - Construction Industry Update

SPASAVIC has received additional information regarding the density requirements on unoccupied construction sites.  

Construction - Unoccupied Sites

Each small-scale construction site will:

  • Reduce the number of people on-site to five people plus a supervisor at any one time.
  • Limit movement of workers between different sites. For small-scale construction, supervisors can move between sites and specialist contractors can move between up to three sites per week.
  • All workers moving between multiple sites must wear a face mask (indoors and outdoors), check-in using the Victorian Government’s QR code app, and observe hygiene measures.
  • Supervisors moving between sites should adhere to enhanced COVIDSafe practices.

Construction - Occupied Sites

Services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, at occupied premises returns to a single authorised worker, except where it is dangerous to work alone, in which case a supervisor is allowed.

  • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning, and other building work, including at occupied premises.
  • Home renovations and installations (outdoor only)
  • Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access).

Authorised Work Permits

Authorised Worker Permits will be required from 11.59pm on Tuesday, August 17:

  • Authorised workers living in Melbourne will be required to carry permits when working and travelling for work. This includes apprentices training with an Authorised Provider or Authorised Worker.
  • Permits need to be certified by an employer
  • Victorians living in regional Victoria and entering metropolitan Melbourne for authorised work must also obtain a permit.

The Business Victoria Construction FAQ's is now updated as well as the Construction Sector Guidance FAQ's

SPASAVIC – keeping members informed since 1961

SPASAVIC COVID Member Update Header Sept 2020 Advocacy118Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that from tonight the lockdown restrictions will be strengthened and extended in metropolitan Melbourne, until 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 September.

Changes to restrictions from 11.59pm, Monday 16th August include: 

  • Curfew - From 9pm to 5am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons.
  • If you can work from home, you MUST work from home.

 Changes to restrictions from 11.59pm, Tuesday 17th August include: 

  • A permit is required when leaving home for authorised work.
  • The authorised permit form is available HERE

Pool Shops:

  • Closed (open for contactless click and collect only).

After a meeting with government in an industry forum the below changes for the construction sector have been advised:

Construction, Pool Service & Pool Maintenance:

  • Unoccupied sites can continue with a COVIDSafe plan, face masks and social distancing, however, workplace limits will apply. 
  • Outdoor Occupied Sites - Services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times. Solo work only unless additional workers are required for safety reasons:
    • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning, and other building work, including at occupied premises.
    • Home renovations and installations (outdoor only)
    • Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access).

The Business Victoria Construction FAQ's will be updated overnight. As further advice is confirmed we will let members know. 

SPASAVIC – keeping members informed since 1961.

PREMIER STATEMENT

AUTHORISED WORKER LIST

 

SPASAVIC COVID Member Update Header Sept 2020 Advocacy117Outdoor work related to building and construction has been added to the Authorised Provider and Authorised Worker list.

Services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times are permitted for up to five people (with an additional supervisor) for businesses with an ABN: 

  • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, including at occupied premises. 
  • Home renovations and installations (outdoor only) 
  • Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access). 

A Small Business COVID Hardship Fund has also been announced to assist eligible small and medium businesses that have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 70%.

The Fund will assist eligible small and medium businesses: 

  • whose operations have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place between 27 May 2021 and August 2021 
  • that have experienced at least a 70% reduction in turnover as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions 
  • that are not eligible for other key COVID-19 Victorian Government business grant programs that have been announced since 27 May 2021. 

The program offers grants of $10,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. This program will allow more businesses who have previously not received support, to receive financial relief now. 

More information on eligibility and to apply visit the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund website. 

SPASAVIC – keeping members informed since 1961.

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