Clock is ticking for pool owners to meet new requirements
DROWNING is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five, and soon stricter regulations will come into effect for pool owners across the State.
As of December 1 this year, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) will require all swimming pools to meet the new regulations.
Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Ian Petersen said young children were at the heart of the changes.
"Fencing is a crucial first-line defence when it comes to protecting young children from drowning," Mr Petersen said. "Having effective pool fencing can save lives - and it is just too important not to act."
The new standards will include the height and strength of barriers, gate-latching requirements and restricted access from buildings into pool areas.
And it will apply to pools in houses, hotels, caravan parks and mobile van parks.
While many welcomed the new regulations, which could enforce court ordered fines of up to $19,437, some residents felt the increasingly strict regulations were too much.
"I used to enjoy my above-ground pool, so did my children and their friends ... then came all the new rules and regulations," Dorothy Morgan said.
She said continuous regulation changes forced her to give up her pool altogether.
"(When) the ladder had to be removed, couldn't stay in the pool ... I gave up after that," Ms Morgan said.
"The rules are the reason I got rid of my pool."
South Burnett's Jackie Baird Greenhill said the regulations were also a bit misguided in regional communities.
"It seems strange to me you can have a dam unfenced, yet if you have a pool near it, it would have to be fenced," she said.
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