Swimming Pools – new safety laws for NSW

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It is proposed that all New South Wales backyard pools will have to be registered under a safety crackdown by the NSW State Government. A bill is to be introduced into Parliament within the next few weeks. Under the proposed legislation a statewide online registry is to be established and pool owners will need to have safety compliance inspections undertaken. The inspections are to be carried out by Council or private operators and the expected cost to the pool owner is approximately $150.

If a pool owner does not register their pool there could be fines of up to $2,200 and if pools are found to be non-compliant the fine could be as much as $5,000.

It should be noted under the proposed legislation that any property with a pool will also have to undergo an inspection before it is sold or leased.

*Commentary via smh.com.au 17 September 2012

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