Rogue pool own­ers could be in hot wa­ter

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

NON-COM­PLI­ANT pool and spa own­ers in Cam­paspe Shire will be no­ti­fied in com­ing weeks of changes nec­es­sary to their fences.

Fol­low­ing a shire-wide au­dit in line with state leg­is­la­tion, all back­yard pools and spas built with­out ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits will be asked to com­ply and get the ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits.

Cr Neil Pankhurst said pool safety was an im­por­tant is­sue and one which coun­cil and the State Govern­ment took se­ri­ously.

‘‘Sta­tis­tics show that 47 peo­ple drown in swim­ming pools and spas each year, most of which are chil­dren. This is a tragedy that can be pre­vented by hav­ing the cor­rect fenc­ing in­stalled and be­ing vig­i­lant around wa­ter,’’ he said.

‘‘I’d en­cour­age prop­erty own­ers who re­ceive a let­ter from us to con­tact Coun­cil’s build­ing depart­ment straight away to ar­range an in­spec­tion. The in­spec­tor will as­sess the fence and ad­vise what needs to be done.’’

De­pend­ing on the level of work re­quired, the prop­erty owner will re­ceive ei­ther a mi­nor build­ing or­der and be given 30 or 60 days to com­plete the works or an emer­gency build­ing or­der with a tem­po­rary fence to be built within two to three days of the or­der.

‘‘Back­yard pools and spas can pro­vide hours of en­ter­tain­ment, so it im­por­tant to make sure they’re safe,’’ Cr Pankhurst said.

‘‘Our of­fi­cers will be fol­low­ing up on th­ese let­ters and re­quests to make sure all are kept as safe as pos­si­ble. If the build­ing or­ders are not acted upon within the stated time frames then Coun­cil may take fur­ther le­gal ac­tion to get the works done.’’

The au­dit and in­spec­tions come af­ter an amnesty be­tween Septem­ber 30 and Novem­ber 30.

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