Gold Coast Pool safety regulations, has the state government gone too far?

Gold Coast Pool safety regulations, has the state government gone too far?

Since the recent introduction and administration of Queensland pool fencing laws there has indeed been an increase of pool fences needing to be built on the Gold Coast– which, let’s be honest, is fantastic for business for Absolut Custom Glass. However we continuously see disgruntled customers who simply don’t see precisely why it is needed.
We recently had a Gold Coast client get in touch with us complaining:

“My yard is completely enclosed with 2m high fence, I don’t have children, none of my neighbours have young children, I’ve never even had a child visit my back yard. Why do I not only have to put together a fence, but get a license and pay for an inspector!?”

To be completely honest, we empathized with him and could completely empathise with his position. Unfortunately the law is established to protect people– especially children– from drowning, and so there is little room for flexibility. We installed his fence for a great rate at his Currumbin, Gold Coast property and even though he was annoyed that it had to occur, he was happy that he could return to enjoying his pool and backyard. He agreed that it was needed once we explained to him how high the fee could be for neglecting to install the fence (can be $500 on the spot, and $16,500 if it goes to court ) and we also explained to him that if he failed to install the pool fence he wouldn’t actually have the ability to legally sell his home. That is because since these laws came in, any property sold after December 2015 which has a pool will need a current Pool Safety Certificate as part of the sales checks carried out by the buyer and real estate agent.
This certificate will consist of checks about the pool’s integrity, any damage, and that a compliant pool fence has been put in.
A number of years ago there was an outcry from a lot of home owners with kids– not thanks to their pools– but as a result of inflatable pools. That is because inflatable pools, while cheap and fun, also need to be compliant.
These laws saw a Toowoomba family forced to empty their pool by the council or face a hefty fine.
The laws will apply if you have a short-term or blow up pool which is higher than 30cm high and has more than 2000L of water. This basically means that those clam shell plastic pools from your childhood will be safe, but everything larger may see you facing a hefty fine if it is not fenced correctly. While it may be annoying we need to bear in mind that drowning is the major cause of death in Queensland for children aged 1 to 4 years.
If you have a family, you should ensure that children are supervised in the water at all times. From an early age, children have to learn how to swim and become accustomed to the water in a safe way– this means through a fenced pool either at the home, or at a local swimming centre– or better yet, take advantage of the Gold Coast’s amazing coastlines and swim between the flags in the ocean.
So just what do you think? Are these Queensland pool fencing laws and laws excessive? Or is it a reasonable cost to pay to keep children safe? Comment here with your thoughts, or if you want to talk to Absolut Custom Glass about your pool fence circumstance, feel free to contact us on 1300 937 902

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