Residents reminded to register their pools and spas by

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Baw Baw Shire residents are reminded to get their swimming pool and spa registrations in before 1 November 2020.

Council has already received more than 500 applications from property owners to register their swimming pools and spas, following the introduction of State Government regulations in December 2019.

The new regulations have been introduced to keep young children safe from drowning. Since 2000, 27 young children have drowned in private swimming pools and spas. In at least 20 of those cases, the coroner found that non-compliance of the safety barrier was a contributing factor.

The regulations require property owners to register private pools and spas that are capable of holding water to a depth greater than 30cm with Council by 1 November 2020.

Owners are also required to have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify that their pool or spa safety barrier is compliant every four years.

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