Today we fenced a pool in Cronulla with our temporary pool fencing.
The customer was told by Sutherland Shire Council that immediate action was required as their pool was not legal.
They are not sure yet whether or not they will keep the pool so a temporary pool fence was the best option.
Allot of waterfront property owners are surprised when they are told their pool no longer complies and some of these pools have been in place for decades.
So this is the way it stands now. Up until 30th June 2010 it was possible to gain an exemption to the swimming pool barrier requirements for waterfront properties.
Some pool owners are of the opinion that an exemption applies for the life of their pool. This is not correct.
Some exemptions remain allowing retention of existing child-safe/child-resistant doors for waterfront properties with residence separation only.
To retain the exemption that was available to the pool at the time of construction requires that any pool barriers/means of access, continue to comply with the standard applicable at the time of their installation.
These exemptions primarily relate to the use of child-safe/child-resistant doors as a pool barrier which the current standards do not allow.
Exempt barrier no longer applies and is removed where access to a pool or pool barrier is substantially altered or rebuilt, not properly maintained or the pool is fenced voluntarily and must then comply with the standard current at the time of the alteration.
As always, it is better to be safe than sorry and you should check with your local Council if you are unsure about the safety of your pool.