City pool checks over­due

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

THE City of Cock­burn is more than 1400 pool safety in­spec­tions over­due, ac­cord­ing to a new State Govern­ment re­port.

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.

Cock­burn topped the list with 1463 over­due in­spec­tions in 2017-18, 40 per cent of the over­all state fig­ure and 1000 more than the Shire of Broome, which ranked next with 444.

City of Cock­burn plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices direc­tor Daniel Arndt said the City held pool in­spec­tions ev­ery work­ing day and as of Septem­ber 17 they had “at­tended ev­ery prop­erty with a reg­is­tered pool or spa within the four year in­spec­tion cy­cle as re­quired”.

“The over­whelm­ing num­ber of over­due in­spec­tions are be­cause the swim­ming pool in­spec­tors were not able to gain ac­cess to the swim­ming pool and the pool fences when they at­tended the prop­erty to in­spect the pool bar­ri­ers,” he said.

“When the City in­spec­tors at­tend a prop­erty, they al­ways leave a site in­spec­tion re­port or email for the owner if they can­not gain ac­cess. They clearly note this on the site re­port and re­quest the pool owner to con­tact them to ar­range a fur­ther in­spec­tion.

“The City is now fo­cus­ing on those prop­er­ties where the pool in­spec­tors have at­tended the site in ac­cor­dance with leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments (within four years) and could not gain ac­cess.”

Mr Arndt said the num­ber of over­due in­spec­tions had been re­duced to 1396 as of Septem­ber 18.

Build­ing Com­mis­sioner Ken Bowron said the num­ber of over­due in­spec­tions had “dropped sig­nif­i­cantly” from the 8639 recorded when the fig­ures were last col­lected in 2014-15.

“The Build­ing Com­mis­sioner’s in­au­gu­ral progress re­port on lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ com­pli­ance with pool in­spec­tions fol­lows a key rec­om­men­da­tion from last year’s Om­buds­man WA in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port on child drown­ing,” he said.

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