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The Major Change Coming For Pool Owners In Melbourne

Victoria’s real estate body has called for mandatory inspections of backyard pools every two years, saying that new government-proposed reforms do not go far enough.

The state government is proposing four-sided isolation barriers for all pools and spas, no matter when they were built, as part of its review of building regulations, which have just expired.

Under those plans, all pools and spas will have comply 2020 and the updates will cost each owner $3,000.

However, EIV chief says that experts were demanding mandatory barrier inspections. He felt the government’s proposed action ignored this advice.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne said “Everything is on the table,”

“One drowning death is one too many, which is why we’re embarking on an overhaul of the regulations.

REIV also wants mandatory pool barrier safety certificates, calling that another “proven” lifesaver.

There were 26 drowning deaths in Victoria from 2000 to 2015, according to the Coroner and they all involved inadequate adult supervision.

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