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As owner of one of the largest independent pool shops in Australia, Tony Rodda and his wife Elif credit the long-standing success of the city’s first pool shop to a number of things, but there is one main element they believe is the key.

“Without a doubt it’s the knowledge of our employees,” Tony said about his 22 staff. “We have numerous staff members who have been here for decades with some staff serving Allan’s for 30 years. Together, we have over 120 years of combined pool knowledge.

“Having that much knowledge in one place is absolutely invaluable.”

Allan’s Pool Shop, which was the only pool shop in Cairns when it opened in 1981, specialises in pool products, maintenance and pool services, looking after pools for residential, commercial, resorts, agents, body corporates and contractors from Port Douglas to Gordonvale.

As swimming pool designs and features have changed a great deal in the last 37 years since the shop opened, so has the water-chemistry technology and pool-maintenance equipment along with the advancement in pool equipment. The range of pumps, filters and chlorinators has vastly improved with technical advancements.

“All our pool technicians now work off iPads and computers when testing the water and chemical levels in pools,” Tony said. “This new system provides much more accurate readings.”

As well as collectively knowing everything there is to know about the pool industry, Allan’s Pool staff members all have Cert 3 and 4 certifications in their specialised fields such as pool servicing, pool maintenance and retail. And to give customers even more peace of mind, all staff also have Police and Blue Card status.

Tony and Elif took over the popular business a year ago after previous owners George and Lucille Jackley retired.

“We have a great relationship with George and Lucille,” Tony said. “George comes in and does a bit of work for us at times and helps us out with his vast knowledge of the industry, which is great.”

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Words By Janie Barton • Photo By Catherine Coombs

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