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New pool laws now in place

Info for pool owners

From December 1: A pool safety certificate issued by a licensed pool safety inspector is required when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool.

By May 4, 2011: All swimming pools need to be included on the state-based pool safety register.

By 2015: Both new and existing pools must be upgraded to comply with the new safety standards.

Safety barriers are now mandatory for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300mm.

The latest CPR sign must be displayed near the pool.

Mandatory inspections for pools that have had near drowning or drowning incidents of children under five will be conducted.

STAGE two of the State Government's tough new pool laws started yesterday as part of the crack down on pool safety.

Under the new laws, the 1100 Whitsunday homes with pools will need to undergo a mandatory pool safety inspection and receive a compliance certificate.

All fencing, windows, gardens and surrounding installations that could make access to the pool easy are prohibited.

Homes for rent will require a safety certificate before the property can be leased.

Those selling their properties will now need to get a pool safety certificate or inform the buyer that the pool does not comply.

A pool safety certificate is mandatory within 90 days of the sale.

All other residential pool owners will have five years to meet any costs associated with safety upgrades and get a pool safety certificate.

Pool owners are required to pay a one-off fee of $280 to get a pool safety certificate in line with the new pool fencing laws.

Mayor Mike Brunker said Council or its contractors would do the inspections and it included preliminary advice, one inspection, a resuscitation chart and the issue of a pool safety certificate once the pool was deemed compliant.

The law applies to anyone with a swimming pool and the certificate must be renewed every two years.

There are a number of qualified pool safety inspectors that service the Whitsunday region and are listed on the Department of Planning and Infrastructure's website.

For more information on the new pool changes and how this affects you visit www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafety


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