LOCAL pool owners have only two weeks remaining to register their pools with the NSW government.
The registration comes under changes to the Swimming Amendment Act 2012, in which as part of the registration process, owners are asked to conduct an assessment and confirm their pool complies with the relevant safety standard requirements.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said that with an average of six children drowning in NSW backyard pools each year, it was important that local residents ensured the safety of their residential pool and surrounding barrier.
“The new registration process has been designed to draw further attention to the safety aspects of owning a pool, and ensure that residential pool owners are aware of any safety defects in their property,” Cr Gash said.
“The swimming pool register is a further step towards reducing the number of needless deaths occurring within residential pools.”
Privately owned pools need to be registered online at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.
The registration process is quick and simple. The online register provides pool owners with a step-by-step process to follow.
“I would certainly encourage local residents to ensure their pool is both compliant and registered with the NSW state government by Tuesday, October 29,” she said.
Residents who fail to register their pool by the deadline face fines ranging from $220 to $2200.