Deadline looming to register swimming pools

Local Government Minister Don Page has reminded pool owners to register their backyard swimming pools by Tuesday November 19 2013, or risk a fine.

Mr Page said all backyard pools and spas across the state were now required to be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

“The pool safety message is getting through to households, which is vitally important as we enter the swimming season,’’ Mr Page said.

“The NSW Swimming Pool Register can be accessed through the website, www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au and the registration process is quick and free.”

If pool owners prefer, council can help with the registration process for a fee of up to $10.

“To register your pool, people need to enter their address, the size of their property, the type of pool they own - such as an in-ground or spa pool - whether any work has been done to pool barriers, and how old the pool is,” Mr Page said.

“It is important to remember that the register does not close on November 19 - you can still register your pool at any time and newly built pools can still be registered after the deadline passes.’’

Anyone with difficulties should contact the local council on 6889 9999 for assistance, phone the Swimming Pools Hotline at 1300 922310 for technical assistance, or email pools@dlg.nsw.gov.au