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Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding pool owners in the Whitsundays that they have until 30November 2015 to ensure their pools comply with the Queensland Government’s pool safetystandard announced in 2009.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the Queensland Government introduced the new mandatory poolsafety standard to simplify previous laws and improve pool safety, particularly for children under 5 who are most at risk.
“It is mandatory that all regulated pools comply with the standard by 30 November 2015, or earlier if the property is sold or leased,” Mayor Whitney said.
“All pools in Queensland must also be registered with the Queensland Building and ConstructionCommission otherwise you are at risk of being penalised by the Pool Safety Council,” she said.
“Residents who want to obtain a pool safety certificate are encouraged to arrange an inspectionwith Council or by a licensed pool safety inspector,” she said.
The new standard cover such things as the height and strength of the barriers, non-climbablezones, gates and their latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into apool area.
Residents are encouraged to visit www.qbcc.qld.gov.au to find out further information such as what classes as a swimming pool; what to do if you are selling or leasing your property (for shared and non-shared pools) and helpful tips on making your pool safer.
Residents can also search for a licensed pool safety inspector at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or you can book a pool safety inspection through Council’s Building Department on 07 4945 0200.