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Platinum Plus Forum – Always aiming higher!

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Each year RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand invite their top performers to participate in a forum of shared knowledge and experiences. This year Grant and Christina with some of the team from RE/MAX Profile attended the two day gathering, June 18th – 20th in Hamilton Island.

Christina, having won the RE/MAX Australia’s ultimate individual honour ‘The Eagle Award’ earlier this year, was invited to speak about what we do differently at RE/MAX Profile to generate record prices for our clients. Christina always has a willingness to impart her knowledge and guide other Agents to succeed in the RE/MAX network.

The gathering of around 50 people was an intense professional and personal development, and networking opportunities. The forum’s theme was about not expecting others to make things better and instead to create your success for you. The program had panel and round table sessions featuring RE/MAX top performers explaining how they’ve created successful businesses, plus three exceptional external speakers – Kylie Davis, Head of Real Estate Solutions at CoreLogic; Mike Storkey, a business trainer, coach, licensed real estate agent and Toastmasters International President-Elect; and Chantelle Baxter, co-founder and CEO of One Girl.

Chantelle was inspirational, having personally changed lives of 12,000 young women in some of the world’s poorest nations. Mike spoke about how communication is being affected by technology and that personal communication, either face-to-face or by telephone, is still the most effective form of communication.

Those that attended this excellent event are like-minded and all want to strive to succeed with providing their clients superior service and outstanding results.

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Slip, slop and slap on a fine for non-compliant pool owners

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe deadline for residents to bring backyard pools in Queensland up to scratch has passed and if your pool, spa pool or portable swimming pool does not meet the State Government’s pool safety standards you may face penalties in excess of $800.

The November 30 deadline has loomed for some months now and from today if your pool fence isn’t high enough or the gate doesn’t lock properly and the Council inspectors catch you out, be prepared to fork out some serious coin.

If your pool isn’t registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission residents could be stung with a $2356 fine and further penalties up to $18,785.25 can be issued to pool owners if they fail to comply with the safety standards.

All pools need to comply with the standards, get signed off by a licensed pool safety inspector and be registered with the QBCC.

Pool safety inspector Marcel Stam* from Gladstone Building and Pest Inspections thought there was still about 40% of pools in the Gladstone region that weren’t compliant. An inspection will cost anywhere between $185 – $300. “Even if your pool is compliant, just about every pool will need new CPR signs because child resuscitation has been added,” he said. “The most common thing are gates not self-closing, vegetation growing through fences and gardens built up too close to fences.

If you’re unsure your pool complies with the State Government’s safety standards, here’s the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Pool compliance checklist (QBCC).

To see if your pool is already registered, you can check online at http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/ and click on the Pool Safety link.

If you’re selling your property, you don’t need a pool safety certificate. But if you don’t provide a certificate, you must give the buyer a ‘Form 36-notice of no pool safety certificate’ before entering a contract of sale. They buyer must get a pool safety certificate within 90 days of settlement.

POOL FENCES

  • The height of your pool fence must be at least 1200mm.
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground must be no more than 100mm.
  • The gap between your pool fence rails cannot be closer than 900mm apart.
  • You must ensure there aren’t any climbable objects within 900mm from the outside and 300mm from the inside of your pool fence.
  • All pool fences must be properly maintained.

SIGNAGE

  • A current CPR sign must be easily visible to anyone near the pool.

DOORS

  • You must ensure that no doors or windows provide direct access from the house to the pool and windows which open onto the pool area must be fixed so that they don’t open more than 100mm.

GATES

  • Pool gates must open away from the pool.
  • The gate must self-close and self-latch from all open positions.
  • Gate latches must be at least 1500mm off the ground and 1400mm above the top part of the lower horizontal railings.
  • If your latch is located on the inside, it needs to be a minimum of 150mm below the top of the fence and covered with a 450mm radius shield on the outside.
  • The hinges on the pool gate must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge has a non-climbable safety cap.

PORTABLE SWIMMING POOLS

  • Portable swimming pools greater than 300 mm deep are to be fenced. In Queensland this depth is 450 mm and the portable pool cannot be greater than 2000 litres in volume nor have a filtration system. Aligning Queensland with the national depth of 300 mm will improve safety and increase consistency. Research suggests that mandatory safety warnings on portable swimming pools would be unlikely to reduce the number of children who drown or become immersed in portable pools. A public education and awareness campaign is considered to be a more effective approach.

This is a guide only and if you’re still unsure you should contact a licensed pool safety inspector to carry out a full safety audit.

* Source: The Observer, Gladstone

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KEEP THE POOL COOL AND LOOKING GOOD

Summer is here, and as things heat up there are few things more refreshing than cooling down in your pool. With constant shifts in weather and humidity, such as we have been experiencing lately, a little extra `TLC’ is needed to keep your pool in top condition so that it is always ready for inspections or you to enjoy.

KEEP THE POOL COOL AND LOOKING GOOD Algae blooms in the heat and chlorine is the best defence against algae.

If you have a salt pool, you can use the `super chlorinate’ button on your salt chlorinator to fix the problem.

The safest approach is to take a pool water sample from below elbow depth to your local pool store to be checked for balance and sanitisation.

Another demand on pool water is the level of phosphates in the water, as algae love phosphates and feed on them. Phosphates are introduced to the pool primarily via bird and bat droppings, along with roof water added into the pool and swimming costumes washed in detergent containing phosphates.

Chlorine alone can’t eliminate phosphates, however a chemical called Phosphate Starver will eradicate the phosphates so the chlorine can work on killing the algae.

Your local pool store will also be able to advise on PH levels – if the PH is too high, you can get scaling on the surface of your pool and salt chlorinator. This can be addressed by adding acid to the water. If too low, the water will start to hurt eyes and skin and make you feel itchy, along with etching away the surface of the pool. Adding `buffer’ or alkali can fix this.

Other top tips for a healthy pool include:

  • If the pool is particularly dirty, increase the hours of filter operation until the pool is clear. The time is dependent on the size of the pool.
  • In times of heavy rainfall, add more algaecides, as these can be diluted by the extra fresh rainwater.
  • If you have a saltwater pool, increase the amount of salt, this makes the pool saline and create a natural chlorination. Add chlorine only when the water gets really dirty.
  • Use times of high rainfall as a good opportunity to backwash the pool.
  • Check and empty the skimmer basket and the hair and lint filter located in front of the pump to ensure they are clear of debris, as they can tear when they get too full.

 

Source : Quartile Property Network (18 November 2011)

 

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Making a Splash – Preparing Your Pool for this Summer

Making a Splash – Preparing Your Pool for this SummerWith only a few weeks left until the warmer weather arrives, pool owners will soon start stripping off covers and diving in! While summer officially starts in December warm spring weather in most areas could mean we start using the pool very soon.

Before doing so, pool owners should ensure their pool is safe to swim in, in order to protect their family’s health and safety and reduce environmental and financial impacts. Adopting a simple summer pool care plan will result in a safe environment, sparkling clear water, reduced evaporation and a saving of money.

Here are some steps to help you get started safely:

  1. Check all pool fencing and self-latching gates.
  2. Clean around the pool area and remove debris and leaves.
  3. Remove the pool cover, being careful not to allow debris and water cover entering the pool.
  4. Check water level. The pool should be filled to midway into the skimmer system.
  5. Check your pump, skimmer basket and filter. Start circulation system and remove debris.
  6. Take a water sample to a professional for analysis
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