With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in New South Wales, swimming pool safety is a vital issue that affects the whole community. Supervising young children in and around swimming pools and developing water confidence through water familiarisation programs can save lives. Effective pool barriers also help keep young children safe.
New laws about swimming pool safety come into force from 29 April 2014.
What do you need to do?
From 29 April 2014, all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool that are sold must have a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance. This includes any property with a swimming pool or spa pool that is on the market for lease at 29 April 2014.
What type of pool is included?
‘Swimming pools and spa pools’ includes in ground, above-ground, indoor, portable and other types of pools and spa pools that are capable of being filled to a depth of 300mm or more of water. Bathroom spas that are used as baths and emptied after use are not included.
Radical changes proposed to strata schemes in NSW have been delayed by at least six months after stakeholders demanded the state government take more time to get new legislation right.
NSW Fair Trading released a position paper on strata title law reform in November 2013. A final bill was expected to be introduced to Parliament in early 2014 but that has been extended until August following a recent meeting between NSW Minister for Fair Trading Stuart Ayres and key stakeholders.
“There was concern among the stakeholders that the most significant social reforms in strata since 1961 could be placed in jeopardy by legislation that was prepared as part of an unrealistic timeframe,” Owners Corporation Network chair Stephen Goddard told Property Observer.
An octogenarian in his hospital bed has been charged with shooting with intent to murder after an argument at a strata meeting in south-western Sydney.
The 85-year-old, Ili Studor, allegedly shot 66-year-old Stephen Smith in the neck, on the landing of Cruachan Court on Quigg Street, Lakemba on Thursday night.
On Friday afternoon, he was charged with shooting with intent to murder, possessing ammunition without a permit and possessing an unregistered firearm.