Life Saving Victoria warns that 'new pool barrier laws alone are unlikely to prevent backyard pool drowning' and that 'unless supportive legislation is introduced to encourage pool and spa barrier compliance and maintenance, it is unlikely that the changes would make a significant difference to the drowning toll'.
Kidsafe Victoria supports our call for the introduction of mandatory pool and spa barrier inspections in Victoria. "The recent statistics from Knox Council highlights the need to have a co-ordinated, State-wide system in place where pool and spa barriers are regularly inspected," said Jason Chambers, Kidsafe Victoria General Manager.
Former CEO of Aquatics and Recreation Victoria, Anthony McIntosh says, "Victoria's aquatics and recreation industry is very supportive of SPASA’s proposed measures, which will unquestionably prevent fatal and non-fatal drownings every year. For pool owners with existing pool barriers, to have the discipline to maintain these to a safe standard over the life of the pool will make an enormous difference to the safety of the pool - week in, week out."
Grant Symes, General Manager of Protector Aluminium Fencing, fully supports SPASA Victoria’s initiative to legislate mandatory pool and spa barrier inspections. “Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death of children under five in Australia. We need to react accordingly. The recent survey conducted by Leader newspaper paints a dire and very serious situation. This legislation would be a great step towards drowning prevention,” Mr Symes said.