With temperatures warming up and summer holidays on the way, Singleton pool owners are being encouraged to dive into the development of Singleton Council’s pool inspection program.
Under State Government legislation aimed at ensuring pool safety across NSW, all pools must be on the NSW Swimming Pool Register and Council must develop a Swimming Pool Inspection Program in consultation with the community.
The inspections will look at safety requirements such as fencing in a bid to keep everyone safe from risks associated with pools and water and reduce the incidence of drownings.
Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning, said Council was proposing to inspect all pools in Singleton over the next three years, with a random inspection of 25 per cent of pools each year afterwards.
Inspections will incur a $150 fee in the first instance, and $100 if a follow-up inspection is required. An information session for pool owners will be held at Singleton Civic Centre on Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 6pm.
“Backyard pools are a great way for people to cool off and enjoy spending time together, but there is an element of risk that can very quickly lead to tragedy,” Mr Ihlein said.
“Council has proposed a program that would start with all pools in Singleton to be inspected in the next three years followed by random inspections thereafter, but we are keen to hear from pool owners about what they think.”
The proposed Swimming Pool Inspection Program is available on Council’s website and pool owners can expect to receive a letter about the program soon.
“Pool owners are also invited to come along to an information session at Singleton Civic Centre on Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 6pm,” Mr Ihlein said.
Property owners can add their details to the NSW Swimming Pool Register directly, or Council can assist for a fee. The register can be found at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au