Since the latest arrival and administration of Queensland pool fencing laws there has certainly been an increase of pool fences having to be constructed on the Gold Coast– which, let’s be honest, is excellent for business for Absolut Custom Glass. But we frequently see unhappy customers who simply don’t see why it is needed.
We recently had a Gold Coast client get in touch with us grumbling that:
“My back yard is completely enclosed with 2m high fence, I do not have kids, none of my neighbours have children, I’ve never even had a kid visit my back yard. Why do I not only need to build a fence, but get a permit and shell out for an inspector!?”
To be completely honest, we sympathized with him and could totally empathise with his position. Unfortunately the law is established to protect people– even more so children– from drowning, and so there is little space for flexibility. We installed his fence for a fantastic rate at his Currumbin, Gold Coast property and while 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 necessary once we explained to him how high the fee could be for failing 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 failed to install the pool fence he wouldn’t actually have the ability to legally sell his property. That is due to the fact that since these laws came in, any property sold after December 2015 which has a swimming pool will need a current Pool Safety Certificate as part of the sales checks conducted by the buyer and real estate agent. https://www.propertylawtoday.com.au/contracts/pool-safety-certificate-sell-house/.
This certificate will consist of checks about the pool’s stability, any damage, and that a compliant pool fence has been put in.
A number of years ago there was an outcry from a number of home owners with kids– not due to their pools– but as a result of blow up pools. That is because inflatable pools, while budget friendly and fun, also need to be compliant.
These 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 short-term or blow up pool which is greater than 30cm high and has more than 2000L of water. This essentially means that those clam shell plastic pools from your childhood will be safe, but anything larger may see you experiencing a hefty fine if it is not fenced properly. While it may be frustrating we should remember that drowning is the major cause of death in Queensland for children aged 1 to 4 years.
If you have a family, you have to ensure that all children are supervised in the water at all times. From an early 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, make the most of the Gold Coast’s amazing beaches and swim between the flags in the ocean.
So exactly what do you think? Are these Queensland pool fencing laws and policies too much? Or is it a rational cost to pay to keep kids safe? Comment below with your thought and feelings, or if you wish to talk to Absolut Custom Glass about your pool fence scenario, feel free to contact us on 1300 937 902