Greater Shepparton City Council reminds residents all pools and spas in Greater Shepparton must be registered with Council by 1 June 2020 under State Government legislation introduced in December 2019.
Since December 2019, it has been mandatory for property owners in Greater Shepparton where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with Council.
The safety regulations were introduced by the State Government in an attempt to reduce the incidence of drownings of young children.
Once residents have registered their pool with Council, which can be done by visiting Council’s website or calling Council, owners are also required to obtain and lodge a compliance certificate for the safety of their pool or spa barrier every four years.
Once a pool or spa is registered with Council by the land owner, Council will contact the owners with advice on how to proceed with their compliance certificate.
Pool and spa owners in Greater Shepparton have until 1 June 2020 to register their pool or spa with Council. The initial cost to register a pool or spa in Greater Shepparton is $79.20 and is payable at registration.
Council understands and acknowledges the unfortunate timing of registrations; however, the deadline set by the State Government has not been impacted by COVID-19.
“Owners of a pool or spa in Greater Shepparton must register their pool with Council by 1 June 2020, and by doing so, will assist in lowering the number of drownings of young children in our state,’” Mayor Cr Seema Abdullah said.
“We understand there is plenty happening in the lives of our Greater Shepparton residents at the moment, but we ask you to please take the time to register your pool or spa, and thank you for your understanding.”
To access a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a step-by-step example of how to register your pool or spa, please visit: http://greatershepparton.com.au/bpi/building/pools-and-spas/pools-and-spas-registration
It is an offence not to register a pool or spa. Under the State Government legislation, fines will be issued for pools and spas not registered by 1 June 2020. For more information on the State Government regulations, please visit: https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools
For further enquiries please contact Council’s Building, Planning and Compliance Department on 5832 9700.
Source: Greater Shepparton City Council