Free public information sessions on pool safety will be held over the next fortnight throughout Queensland in the lead up to summer, announced Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe.
Mr Hinchliffe urged all pool owners to attend a local session, which will outline how pool owners may be affected when stage two of the State Government's tough new pool safety laws come into effect on December 1.
"These information sessions will be a great opportunity for pool owners to find out first hand if and how they are affected by the new laws," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"Private pool owners will have five years to make sure their pool complies with the pool safety standard unless they sell or lease the property first.
"Mandatory pool safety certificates and inspections, will help save lives and make Queensland pools even safer."
The information sessions, run by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, will be held at locations across the state starting from the 18 November 2010.
Registration for the information sessions is not required.
The information sessions will cover the new pool safety standard, the role of pool safety inspectors and the pool safety register.
"More than 165 Queenslanders have already passed the Pool Safety Council approved pool safety inspection courses and are in the process of being licensed," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"This is on top of more than 300 building certifiers already qualified to inspect pools and provide safety compliance certificates.
"A further 145 people were booked to do the course in coming weeks - with 300 others on waiting lists throughout the state."
The pool safety register is now available on the Department of Infrastructure and Planning's website. The register provides a resource for pool owners to help find licensed pool safety inspectors in their area.
Some of the major changes to be implemented from 1 December 2010 include:
* mandatory inspections by local governments for immersion incidents of children under five in swimming pools. These incidents will be reported by hospitals and the Queensland Ambulance Service, including voluntary reporting by doctors and nurses
* child resistant doors that form part of the pool barrier will need to be replaced with a fence
* councils will no longer be able to have local pool safety laws where state laws apply
* wider application of pool safety laws to include indoor pools and pools associated with hotels, motels, caretaker residences, caravan parks, backpackers, hostels, mobile home parks and homestays
* all swimming pools must be included, within six months, on a state-based pool register
* fencing for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300 millimetres.
Sunshine Coast Information session will be held at the following time and location:
Free Pool Safety Information session for pool owners
Sunshine Coast (Caloundra)
23 November 2010 2.30 pm-6.00 pm
19 West Terrace, Caloundra
For more information visit www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafety
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Free advice for pool owners
Caloundra RSL, Caloundra
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