Swimming Centre Temporary Closure

In response to increased cases of cryptosporidiosis associated with public pools across South Australia, SA Health has heightened precautionary measures for public pools across Adelaide.

 

Although there has been no indication of contamination at the Unley Swimming Centre, we take the health of our patrons very seriously and will be undertaking precautionary maintenance of the Unley Swimming Centre overnight 19-20 March 2015.  To accommodate this, the Centre will not be suitable for swimming until 9.00am on Friday 20 March, but due to a school carnival commencing at that time it will reopen to the public at 1.30pm.

 

The closure will only impact the centres Friday morning trade from 6am to 9am- Centre staff will be onsite to inform any members of the public who arrive unaware of the closure.

 

If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to call The Pool’s Centre Manager Nathan Byles on 8372 5456.

Council has endorsed a new Policy on Swimming Pool Inspections

Following the State Government’s passing of the Development (Swimming Pool Safety) Variation Regulations 2013, the first stage of which came into operation on 1 January 2014 Council has adopted a Policy for Swimming Pool Inspections recommended by staff.

This was one of the many governance motions we must on a regular basis deal with. So something that we must do in dotting eyes and crossing tees, a formality.

We are duty bound to inspect/audit all new pools within 2 months of being notified of the completion of the pool or the safety barrier as the case may be. . We have determined to set the goal of achieving 80% of new pools inspected within 2 weeks The remaining 20% must be inspected within 2 months of the notification.

Eventually we will have to address having s policy for regular audits of existing pools but that is for the future.

The bottom line however is this is an example of how the State Government can foist more work onto councils which inevitably increases their cost structures.

Our Planning Manager believes we can accommodate the extra staffing required for this extra work with an impact on our budget. That will change significantly however when the the legislation requires regular audits of existing pools. This means when the time comes our costs are going to increase.

To be fair a fee of $ 170.00 will be applicable but this must include for and cover return visits by the Council Inspector should there be a defect requiring correction.

As an independent Building Inspector myself I can tell you that $ 170.00 will not recover Council’s true costs. So like the range of fees applicable to Development Approvals the balance of the copy of this service must be met by the rates paid by you and I.

Swimming Pool Safety

The new swimming pool legislation I preempted on this blog site back in May has been gazetted, 2 days ago just in time to be seen as a Christmas present for parents. Concentrating only on new pools at this stage this is but a start on rolling out all the proposed changes as a result of the Coroner’s report I referred to in May.

The new laws will come into effect on January 1, 2014.The regulation amendments are about council inspections of new swimming pools upon completion of the permanent, approved child-safety barriers.
Inspections of existing swimming pools will be addressed in legislative proposals in 2014.

From 1 January 2014 amendments to the Development Regulations 2008 will require:

 The builder or owner to notify their local council when the construction of a new swimming pool
is completed, before it is filled with water. Councils will not be required to inspect the swimming
pool at this stage.

 The builder or owner to notify their local council when construction of the approved swimming
pool child-safety barriers has been completed.

 A new expiation penalty for failure to give either or both of the above notifications.

 Documentation submitted for approval of a new swimming pool, under Schedule 5, to include
details of its associated safety barriers and other safety features to ensure that building rules
consents issued for new swimming pools include the assessment and approval of all required
safety features and barriers.

A new lodgement fee of $170, payable on all new development applications involving a
swimming pool. The new fee is to compensate councils for the costs of inspecting new
swimming pools.

 Completion of the approved swimming pool child-safety barriers within two months of
completion of the swimming pool. This amendment recognises that it’s not always possible to
have the permanent approved barrier in place at the time of filling the pool with water.
Regulation 83B requires that a person must not fill the pool with water unless the pool is
enclosed by a barrier that complies with the Building Code. In effect, this allows the use of a
temporary barrier that complies with the Building Rules including AS 1926.1. Councils will not
be required to inspect temporary barriers, as it is recognised that the council or private certifier
would not have conducted an assessment of the temporary barrier. In consultation with the
industry it has been determined that two months is a reasonable amount of time for the
permanent approved barrier to be established. It is also appropriate to limit the amount of time
that a temporary barrier is in place.

Child-safety barriers will be included in Schedule 1A, along with swimming pools so that the associated
safety barriers are also excluded from requiring development plan consent. This will correct an anomaly
whereby a swimming pool is ‘building rules consent only’ but development plan consent is still required
for the associated child-safety barriers.
From 1 April 2014 amendments to the Development Regulations 2008 will require councils to have a
swimming pool inspection policy for all new pools (for which an application for Development Approval is
lodged from this date), upon completion of the permanent, approved child-safety barriers. Each
council’s inspection policy must specify inspections of at least 80% of all new swimming pools within its
council area within two weeks of completion of the child-safety barrier, and the remaining 20% within
two months.

Proposals for the remaining outcomes of the discussion paper are being prepared. These include:
 Regular inspections of all swimming pools
 Registration of all swimming pools
 All swimming pool child-safety barriers to comply with current safety standards within five years
and, or at change of property owner or tenant (whichever occurs first)
 Mandatory installation of warning notices/CPR signs to be displayed near swimming pools

In the news today an article close to my heart, not only as an elected member of council but as an independant building inspector. As I conduct pre-purchase inspections I would say 80% of pools do not comply and that is a frightening statistic.

The beauty is once I have reported this the Vendor MUST make it compliant before the sale/purchase can be completed.

I have had arguments however that it has been checked by (their) council and certified as compliant. That is not so good.

Read the article.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/state-government-to-review-swimming-pool-safety-laws/story-e6frea6u-1226554639796

I trust the Government will consult my organisation, the Association of Building Consultants for input into their review.