Gold Coast Pool safety rules– has the government gone too far?

Gold Coast Pool safety rules– has the government gone too far?


Ever since the recent arrival and administration of Queensland pool fencing laws there has definitely been an influx 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 constantly see dissatisfied customers who simply don’t see the reason why it is needed.
We recently had a customer call us complaining:

“My back yard is fully enclosed with 2m high fence, I do not have young children, none of my neighbours have 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 honest, we sympathized with him and could entirely empathise with his position. Unfortunately the law is established to protect people– specifically children– from drowning, and so there is little room for flexibility. We put in his fence for a great rate at his Currumbin, Gold Coast property and although he was annoyed that it had to occur, he was happy that he could go back to enjoying his pool and backyard. He agreed that it was required once we explained to him how significant the fee might be for neglecting to install the fence (can be $500 on the spot, and $16,500 if it goes to court) and we also described to him that if he didn’t install the pool fence he wouldn’t actually be able to legally sell his property. That is simply because since these laws came in, any house sold after December 2015 which has a pool will need a current Pool Safety Certificate as part of the sales checks performed by the buyer and real estate agent.
This certificate will consist of checks about the pool’s stability, any damage, and that a compliant pool fence has been installed.
A number of years ago there was an outcry from a variety of home owners with children– not because of their pools– but due to blow up pools. That is because inflatable pools, while cheap and fun, also need to be compliant.
These kinds of laws saw a Toowoomba family forced to empty their pool by the local council or face a hefty fine.
The laws will apply if you have a temporary or blow up pool which is greater than 30cm high and has more than 2000L of water. This practically 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 have to consider that drowning is the leading 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 a young age, children should learn how to swim and become familiar with the water in a safe way– this means through a fenced pool either at the home, or at a local swimming centre– or even better, take advantage of the Gold Coast’s amazing coastlines and swim between the flags in the ocean.
So exactly what do you think? Are these Queensland pool fencing laws and rules too much? Or is it a sensible cost to pay to keep kids safe? Comment here with your thought and feelings, or if you wish to talk to Affordable Glass Fencing about your pool fence scenario, don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 937 902

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