New legislation that requires properties with a swimming pool to have a Certificate of Compliance before it can be sold or leased has now been extended until 29 April 2016.
Lithgow Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham said today ”The State Government is providing an additional twelve months to give property owners more time to ensure that their swimming pool is compliant before their property is sold or leased.”
The State government originally legislated that this requirement was to occur on 29 April 2014 and this is the second twelve month extension that has been provided to pool owners. Councils across the State have been experiencing over 95% non compliance in all pools at first inspection, and this has resulted in owners being unable to get repairs done before the previous deadline, particularly in metropolitan areas.
The State government is currently giving consideration to increasing penalties on pool owners where effective barriers are not in place around backyard pools.
Lithgow Council has implemented a risk based swimming pool inspection program that includes compulsory 3-year inspections for all tourist and visitor accommodation in its area. Pool owners are also reminded that all pools must be on the Swimming Pools Register at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.
Failing to have you pool registered can attract a fine of up to $220. Council Building and Development Officers can provide assistance to owners if they encounter any issues registering their pool online.
“Despite the extension of time, all pool owners are reminded of the importance of ensuring that their pools are compliant as the safety of children is something that we must give the highest priority” concluded Mayor Statham.
Ensuring that communication between Council and the community is open and effective by providing information on the requirements for private swimming pools is part of the Governance and Civic Leadership responsibilities of Council in the Community Strategic Plan.
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