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Pool and spa owners to register with council

By Jared Prestwidge

VICTORIAN government has recently introduced new safety laws which require all landowners to register their swimming pool and spa with council.

These laws apply to all pools and spas with a depth of water of at least 300mm.

Registration is due by June 1, 2020 and failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $1,652.20.

Campaspe Shire mayor Adrian Weston said the new laws have been introduced with a focus on children’s safety and to reduce the incidents of young children drowning.

“Under the new legislation, it is now mandatory for all swimming pools and spa owners to register their pools and spas with their local council,” Cr Weston said.

“The new safety laws will also require new fencing compliance guidelines to improve swimming pool and spa safety.”

Registration fees have been set by the Victorian Building Authority at $31.85, with an additional $47.25 if a building permit number is not provided at the time of registration.

Full compliance for pool safety barrier fencing will not be required until June, 2021.

Registration can be done online via council’s website at www.campaspe.vic.gov.au/build/building/homeowner-and-tenant-information/swimming-pools-and-spas/