Alarm at pool checks

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

THE City of Can­ning has been named the sec­ond worst lo­cal gov­ern­ment area in the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion for over­due pool safety in­spec­tions.

The Depart­ment of Mines, In­dus­try Reg­u­la­tion and Safety’s in­au­gu­ral re­port on pri­vate swim­ming pool safety bar­rier in­spec­tions showed 3632 of the state’s 159,183 pools were over­due for their four-yearly in­spec­tion as of June 30.

Can­ning was sec­ond on the list with 420 over­due in­spec­tions recorded in 201718, be­hind the City of Cock­burn, which had 1463 over­due.

The City of Man­durah was next on the list among lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion with 227.

Mayor Paul Ng put the large num­ber of over­due in­spec­tions down to prob­lems with the City’s book­ing sys­tem and sched­ul­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

He said the City was al­ready work­ing to en­sure the re­sults were not re­peated in the fu­ture.

“The City has al­ready made im­prove­ments to the sched­ul­ing of ap­point­ments by con­tact­ing pool own­ers ear­lier in the in­spec­tion cy­cle to en­sure a higher rate of com­pli­ance is achieved within the fouryear pe­riod,” Mr Ng said.

“Com­bined with this, the City has ini­ti­ated more site vis­its to fol­low up on those out­stand­ing prop­er­ties and to en­sure pools over­due for in­spec­tion are in­spected.”

Build­ing Com­mis­sioner Ken Bowron said the Om­buds­man’s fo­cus on swim­ming pool bar­rier com­pli­ance would hope­fully lead to im­proved out­comes.

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