City pool checks overdue
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.