Is this the region’s deadliest pool?
MOSQUITOES, fungi and bacteria are having a breeding frenzy in a local unfenced swimming pool and neighbours have had enough.
The owners of the property in Atoll Close sold the house days before Cyclone Yasi struck the region and since then the pool has been left uncleaned, full of debris and has become a haven for mosquitoes.
Local chef and neighbour Matthew Muller has been contacting Cairns Regional Council for months about the swimming pool claiming it is unsafe but his complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
“Our concern is that the pool in the backyard is unfenced and there are many young children living in this street who could quite easily walk down the driveway and into the backyard and fall in the pool,” he said.
“Who is going to be liable if one of our local kids drown?”
Mr Muller has two daughters, four-yearold Matilda and one-year-old Abigail, who he is keeping a close eye on so they don’t run next door.
“The pool is that black that if a small child fell in it you wouldn’t even be able to see them,” he said.
“Anyone can walk down the side of the house and into the pool area. We just want it to be safe for the children living in this community - we are not asking for much.”
Other residents in the street have noticed the unsafe pool area and have made complaints to the Cairns Regional Council for the last two months.
Fellow neighbour Jason Davis has been warning other residents that the pool is unfenced.
“It is a big concern for us because we have young children living in this street who could quite easy wonder down the side of the house and fall in the pool,” he said.
“The pool is a health hazard - all we want is for it to be safe.”
Deadly: the unfenced pool in Atoll Close and (inset) the easy access from the street