With a predicted boom in new housing construction to hit Mildura over the next decade, local man Leigh Ottrey is foreseeing a burgeoning need in the market for at home pool care, and has started a new business to accommodate it.
The Victoria in Future 2012 report indicated a total of 5,013 additional dwellings will be required to house the projected population for Mildura by 2026.
“The Mildura area is definitely growing, there is a lot of new home construction occurring and many new home builders are installing swimming pools for both leisure reasons and as a relief from the high temperatures we experience in the area,” Mr Ottrey said.
“Establishing a pool servicing business seems a smart way to provide a solution to a growing need in the community.”
“Growth in population shows the local economy is robust and as my business grows with it, I will provide employment opportunities not only for my family but other locals too, which is important to me.”
Mr Ottrey has strong ties to the local community, with he and his wife having lived in or near Mildura most of their life.
Four years ago the family returned to Mildura after eight years managing a hotel.
“I knew I really wanted to be my own boss and I looked for a suitable business doing something that I enjoy and then the opportunity to set up a Poolwerx mobile pool servicing business came up and I jumped at the chance,” he said.
“I had worked in the pool industry in Bendigo, so with that experience, this seemed like a perfect fit for me.”
Mr Ottrey hopes to build the business to a level where he can be a local employer and has plans to hire another technician within 12 months.
“This is also very much a family business, my wife helps with the administration side of things and I also hope to build the business to a level that I’ll need to find more support to keep up with demand.” Mr Ottrey said.
“It’s a new challenge but one we are really enjoying right now.”