Glass Pool Fencing Runaway Bay

Gold Coast Pool safety laws – has it gone too far?

Since the recent arrival and enforcement of Queensland pool fencing legislations there has actually been an increase of pool fences having to be constructed on the Gold Coast– which, let’s be honest, is terrific for business for Absolut Custom Glass. But we frequently see disgruntled customers who just don’t see why it is needed.
We lately had a customer get in touch with us complaining:

“My backyard is entirely enclosed with 2m high fence, I don’t have kids, none of my neighbours have young children, I’ve never even had a child visit my back yard. Why do I not only need to put together a fence, but get a permit and pay for an inspector!?”

To be truthful, we sympathized with him and could totally empathise with his position. Unfortunately the law is established to protect people– especially children– from drowning, and so there is little room for flexibility. We put in his fence for a fantastic rate at his Currumbin, Gold Coast property and even though he was annoyed that it had to happen, he was glad that he could get back to enjoying his pool and backyard. He agreed that it was required once we explained to him how high the fee might be for failing to set up the fence (can be $500 on the spot, and $16,500 if it goes to court) and we also explained to him that if he failed to install the pool fence he wouldn’t actually have the ability to legally sell his home. That is simply because since these laws came in, any property sold after December 2015 which has a pool will need a current Pool Safety Certificate as part of the sales checks performed by the buyer and real estate agent.
This certificate will include checks about the pool’s integrity, any damage, and that a compliant pool fence has been installed.
A number of years ago there was an outcry from a lot of home owners with children– not thanks to their pools– but because of blow up pools. That is because blow up pools, while cheap and fun, also need to be compliant.
These kinds of laws saw a Toowoomba family forced to empty their pool by the council or face a hefty fine.
The laws will apply if you have a short-term or blow up pool which is greater than 30cm high and stores more than 2000L of water. This effectively means that those clam shell plastic pools from your childhood will be safe, but anything larger may see you dealing with a hefty fine if it is not fenced properly. While it may be frustrating we need to remember that drowning is the major cause of death in Queensland for children aged 1 to 4 years.
If you have a family, you have to ensure that children are supervised in the water at all times. From a young age, children have to learn how to swim and become familiar with the water in a safe way– this means via a fenced pool either at the home, or at a local swimming centre – or even better, make the most of the Gold Coast’s amazing coastlines and swim between the flags in the ocean.
So just what do you think? Are these Queensland pool fencing laws and regulations too much? Or is it a logical cost to pay to keep children safe? Comment here with your thoughts, or if you would like to talk to Absolut Custom Glass about your pool fence circumstance, feel free to contact us on 1300 937 902

Leave a Comment

Scroll to Top