Pool fences still hot on the agenda
  • Wednesday 11 February 2009

To help keep children safe around backyard swimming pools, the Sunshine Coast Council will continue its existing swimming pool fence inspection program within the former Maroochy local government area, commencing this month.

Continuation of the existing program was supported by council’s Service Delivery Committee today and will now go to the full council for endorsement at next week’s Ordinary Meeting.

The program aims to reduce the risk of young children drowning in swimming pools that are unfenced or not properly fenced. Statistics show that most backyard drownings are due to children gaining access to the pool because it was unfenced or because the pool gate was either defective or open.

Pool fencing rules are made by the state government; however local councils are responsible for making sure all private pool owners follow these regulations.

Under the program, which runs from February until 31 May, council staff will inspect selected pools that have not had final inspection certificates issued to ensure fencing around the pools complies with the Building Act 1975.

Council staff will specifically be looking to ensure pools comply with fencing standards and that those fences are kept in good condition.

Council’s Ordinary Meeting will be held at Nambour Chambers on Thursday 19 February.