Pool safety blitz sees op­er­a­tors au­dited

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

TOURISM op­er­a­tors from Palm Beach to Port Dou­glas, Caloundra to Cook­town and Won­gawal­lan to Wallu have had their swim­ming pools au­dited in a sum­mer­time safety crack­down.

Dozens of re­sort, ho­tel and mo­tel op­er­a­tors were dis­cov­ered to have un­reg­is­tered pools or pools that lacked safety cer­tifi­cates fol­low­ing a statewide au­dit by the Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion (QBCC).

QBCC Com­mis­sioner Brett Bas­sett said no ac­com­mo­da­tion type was off lim­its, with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from bud­get back­packer hos­tels to world-class five-star re­sorts.

“With the busy hol­i­day sea­son upon us, fam­i­lies de­serve to feel safe no mat­ter where they choose to stay,” Mr Bas­sett said.

“Pleas­ingly, 400 op­er­a­tors passed the au­dit, how­ever, more than 80 op­er­a­tors were sent a warn­ing let­ter about non-com­pli­ance, with most able to com­ply within the al­low­able time­frame.

“Un­for­tu­nately, 20 op­er­a­tors failed to com­ply and were re­ferred to lo­cal gov­ern­ment for ap­pro­pri­ate en­force­ment ac­tion, in­clud­ing prop­er­ties in Weipa, Cairns, Mackay, Rock­hamp­ton, Roma, and on the Gold Coast.

“Pool fences save lives. “That’s why they’re so im­por­tant.

“But tourism op­er­a­tors also have the op­tion of in­vest­ing in an al­ter­nate pool safety man­age­ment plan, such as em­ploy­ing life­guards.”

Mr Bas­sett said the QBCC is cur­rently assess­ing five pool safety man­age­ment plans that have been sub­mit­ted by op­er­a­tors.

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