Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Splash out on a New Pool

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Splash out on a New Pool

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Vani Naidoo

SWIMMING pools now seem more a necessity in Australia than the luxury they were even 10 years ago, with almost every backyard sporting one of some variety.

If you are after a pool and looking for a permanent structure you will have to consider whether you want an in-ground or above-ground pool and whether you want fibreglass or concrete. Cost is obviously a factor with in-ground pools costing between $25,000-$50,000, often excluding landscaping and fencing, and above-ground pools somewhat cheaper between $5000-$10,000 but once again without decking and landscaping.

Such a large undertaking requires the use of experts and there is a large network of pool franchises usually with an office in your area. For competitive quotes try Compass Pools (compasspools.com.au), Leisure Pools (1300splash, leisurepools.com.au) or Narellan Pools (1300676657, narellanpools.com.au). Word of mouth is also useful so ask around.

Now, if you are looking for something that is up for just the summer there are also choices to be made about size and cost. If you get a large pool that requires a pump you must check with your local council regarding pool fence regulations. Clark Rubber has a Circular 16' Ultra Frame Pool ($1299) as well as a metal frame mid-size pool for $299. Big W has a Driclad 12'x 30' Pool Set for $98 with a pool cover at $19.84 and a Sidewinder Air AC pump for $20.

Targetas Summer Escapes Port-a-pool with bonus solar cover and inflatable swim ring and ball is $129 while Crazysales has a Bestway Jumbo inflatable pool with filter and free DVD detailing set-up instructions and maintenance for $249.95.

Clark Rubber also has medium-size inflatable pools, which can fit a few kids and an adult from $79.95 while idealshop.com.au has a Paradise Lagoon Swim centre for $49.95.

Dunk and dip pools for the littlies are probably the most popular type of inflatables even for those people with permanent structures. …

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