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Jan 2018

New Victorian swimming pool fence laws

Doesn’t everyone love a house with a swimming pool? Of course.

“Pools are popular with entertainers. Nowadays with alfresco areas and outdoor kitchens being all the go, people love to have a pool as well.”

Mr Hatzimoisis notes that a big part of the appeal of pools is they allow parents to keep an eagle-eye on their children. The kids and their friends tend to muck about in the pool, staying on the property, he says.

Mr Woledge couldn’t agree more. “A pool can be a big asset for a family home, particularly today when parents want better security for their children. From that point of view, a pool can add a lot of value in a lifestyle sense.”

And for pool service companies, there is a good news–

Victorian backyard pools and spas will soon be required to be fully-fenced, under reforms proposed by the state government in May.

The new legal requirements mean houses will no longer be able to form part of a pool barrier and uniform standards will apply for all pools regardless of when they were built.

The changes follow the drowning death of a Croydon South toddler in his unfenced backyard pool last October.  Toddler’s drowning prompts coroner to call for action on backyard pool fences. Thus, pool fence building will be a large potential request in the future.

Under planning minister Richard Wynne’s regulatory overhaul, pool and spa owners will be given a period of grace but will have to comply by 2020.

A good fence could be both beautiful and safty at the same time–glass fences.