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Time for a pool safety conversation

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Bega Valley Shire Council urges all backyard pool owners to be vigilant this summer to keep children safe.

With more than 800 registered pool owners in the Shire, pool safety is a key issue for everyone as the weather warms up and school holidays approach.

Council’s Environmental Health Coordinator, Greg O’Donnell said there are a number of issues to keep in mind to make sure families enjoy their pool safely, including fencing, water quality and keeping a watchful eye on children at all times.

 “People shouldn’t just rely on pool fences because fences are not actually child proof, only a deterrent,” he said.

“If a child under five is in the water then a competent adult should be in the water with them within arm’s reach.

“Now is the perfect time to check your pool fence and check that gate latches are closing properly.

“Many people may not realise legislation requires that even blow up paddling pools have to be fenced.”

Find out more about pool safety, legislative requirements and pool water hygiene at Bega library on Thursday 10 December at 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

In the second of the library’s ‘Conversation’ series, Mr O’Donnell will be available to chat with you about pool maintenance, fencing and how to avoid waterborne diseases. People are invited to bring along a sample of their pool water for testing after the talk.

Bega Valley Shire Council offers a free domestic pool inspection service for residential pools in the Shire.

“We want to work with pool owners to make sure their pool fencing is of a compliant standard and as safe as possible,” Mr O’Donnell said.

There are limited places and people are asked to register for the event via Eventbrite at or phone Bega library on 6499 2127.


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