LOCALS have been reminded to register their swimming pools and outdoor spas – including toddler paddling pools – or risk a hefty fine.
New government legislation means pool owners have until October 29 this year to register swimming pools, anything 300mm or deeper, and failing to do so could result in a penalty infringement notice of $220.
The register is part of a state government program to promote pool safety and increase pool compliance by reducing the number of deaths and injuries to children in backyard swimming pools in NSW.
The government developed the online Swimming Pools Register and registration is free.
“If you can’t access the online register or you can’t get internet access council will provide assistance to those pool owners – a small fee may apply – by appointment only,” said council communications officer Naomi Brugger.
“Bookings can be made by calling council’s customer service team on 6962 8100.”
When registering a pool or outdoor spa, owners must self-assess and state in the register that, to the best of their knowledge, their swimming pool complies with the applicable standard, Mrs Brugger said.
Council will begin its swimming pool inspection program in November.
“All efforts will be made to contact owners prior to an inspection of the pool on their property,” Mrs Brugger said.
For more information visit www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au or contact council on 6962 8100.