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Mount Alexander Shire Council advises landowners that pools and spas must be registered with Council by 1 November, or fines of more than $1,500 may be issued.

Friday 16 October 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council advises landowners that pools and spas must be registered with Council by 1 November, or fines of more than $1,500 may be issued.

The Victorian Government introduced the requirement for registration last year. Pools and spas with a depth of more than 30cm must be registered with Council to ensure fences or barriers comply with safety standards.

“Pools are a lot of fun, but they can also be fatal, with more kids drowning in backyard pools than anywhere else,” said Julian Peck, Building Surveyor, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The State Government introduced the need for backyard pools to be registered with Council to make sure pool fences provide a safe barrier to keep children from drowning.

Twenty seven young children have drowned in private swimming pools and spas since the year 2000. In at least 20 of those cases an unsafe pool fence was a factor.

Mr Peck said around half of the 460 privately owned pools and spas in the shire are registered.

“We have sent registration forms and reminder letters to every household that we know has a pool or spa. We would like to see many more pool and spa owners register in the next few weeks to avoid a fine,” said Mr Peck.

In Mount Alexander Shire the registration fees are $31.80 for a relocatable spa or pool, and $79 for a permanent spa or pool. Under the state legislation Council can issue fines of up to $1,652 to those who don’t register by the 1 November 2020 deadline.

“Once you submit the registration form and pay the fee to Council, we will advise you of the date by which you will need to have your fence inspected by a registered building inspector or building surveyor. This will differ depending on the year your pool was constructed,” said Mr Peck.

Pool and spa owners must arrange for a privately registered inspector to assess the pool. Inspections are required every four years, and the compliance certificates will be kept on Council’s database.

“If you have a pool or spa and have any questions, take a look at our website or contact me directly on 5471 1759,” said Mr Peck.

Find the registration form and more information at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Building_Services or from the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.



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