Thousands of WA pools overdue for inspection as Cockburn tops list

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THOUSANDS of WA pools are overdue for safety inspections, with the City of Cockburn being named the worst local government area for overdue inspections in the State.

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.

Cockburn topped the list with 1463 overdue inspections in 2017-18, 40 per cent of the overall state figure and 1000 more than the Shire of Broome which ranked next with 444.

City of Cockburn planning and development services director Daniel Arndt said they conducted pool inspections every working day and as of September 17 they had “attended every property with a registered pool or spa within the four year inspection cycle as required”.

“The overwhelming number of overdue inspections are because the swimming pool inspectors were not able to gain access to the swimming pool and the pool fences when they attended the property to inspect the pool barriers,” he said.

“When the City inspectors attend a property they always leave a site inspection report or email for the owner if they cannot gain access, they clearly note this on the site report and request the pool owner to contact them to arrange a further inspection.

“The City is now focusing on those properties where the pool inspectors have attended the site in accordance with legislative requirements (within four years) and could not gain access.”

Mr Arndt said the number of overdue inspections had been reduced to 1396 as of September 18.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron said the number of overdue inspections had “dropped significantly” from the 8,639 recorded when the figures were last collected in 2014-15.

“The Building Commissioner’s inaugural progress report on local governments’ compliance with pool inspections follows a key recommendation from last year’s Ombudsman Western Australia investigation report on child drowning,” he said.

“The Ombudsman’s focus on this important issue, including swimming pool barrier compliance, may have contributed 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.”

Overdue inspections 2017/18
City of Armadale: 0
Town of Bassendean: 0
City of Bayswater: 0
City of Belmont: 0
Town of Cambridge: 0
City of Canning: 420
Town of Claremont: 0
City of Cockburn: 1463
Town of Cottesloe: 39
Town of East Fremantle: 0
City of Fremantle: 50
City of Gosnells: 118
City of Joondalup: 41
City of Kalamunda: 26
City of Kwinana: 3
City of Mandurah: 227
City of Melville: 7Town of Mosman Park: 29
Shire of Murray: 3
City of Nedlands: 28
Shire of Peppermint Grove: 85
City of Perth: 1
City of Rockingham: 0
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale: 29
City of South Perth: 55
City of Stirling: 0
City of Subiaco: 0
City of Swan: 0
Town of Victoria Park: 8
City of Vincent: 40
City of Wanneroo: 0