City of Canning named as second-worst metro local government area for overdue pool inspections

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THE City of Canning has been named the second worst local government area in the Perth metropolitan region for overdue pool safety inspections.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural report on private swimming pool safety barrier inspections showed 3632 of the State’s 159,183 pools were overdue for their four yearly inspection as of June 30.

Canning was second on the list with 420 overdue inspections recorded in 2017-18, behind the City of Cockburn, who had 1463 overdue inspections.

The City of Mandurah was next on the list among local government areas in the metropolitan region with 227.

Mayor Paul Ng put the large number of overdue inspections down to problems with the City’s booking system and scheduling difficulties.

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He said the City was already working to ensure the results were not repeated in the future.

“The City has already made improvements to the scheduling of appointments by contacting pool owners earlier in the inspection cycle to ensure a higher rate of compliance is achieved within the four year period,” Mayor Ng said.

“Combined with this, the City has initiated more site visits to follow up on those outstanding properties and to ensure pools overdue for inspection are inspected.”

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron said the Ombudsman’s focus on swimming pool barrier compliance would hopefully lead to improved outcomes.

“There are no specific penalties for local governments that have overdue pool inspections, however, the requirement for mandatory annual reporting to the Building Commissioner is being considered as part of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s formal review of WA’s private swimming pool barrier regulations.”