Council officers concerned at number of illegal portable pools

Burdekin Shire Council workers are concerned at the number of illegal portable pools being used in the Shire.

Council’s Senior Builder Certifier Trevor Maltby said it would only be a matter of time before a child drowned in one of these illegal pools.

“Council officers are finding about 4 to 5 illegal portable pools a week,” he said.

“These pools aren’t fenced and are in the front yard of the property providing easy access for children who may be passing by.

“I’m horrified at the number of pools we are finding and amazed there hasn’t been a drowning.

“The State Government through the Queensland Building Act 1975 requires a pool safety barrier around any pool or portable wading pool that is capable of being filled with 300mm of water.”

Council’s Planning and Development Department offers free advice to all residents on the sorts of barriers required.

Mr Maltby said Council officers would next month begin issuing one written warning to those breaking the state law.

“If the pool is still in place 24 hours after the written notice is issued, then we will have no choice but to issue a $770 on-the-spot fine,” he said.

“I’m not happy that we have to do this, but I don’t see any alternative unless people start doing the right thing and fencing these pools.

“Please don’t let your pool be the site of the Burdekin’s first drowning or first one to receive an on-the-spot fine.”

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