Is this the re­gion’s dead­li­est pool?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Deadly: the un­fenced pool in Atoll Close and (in­set) the easy ac­cess from the street

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