New pool fence laws cause hip pocket pain

3 Dec 2010 10:18 AMJann Stuckey

3 December 2010

Complying with the Bligh Labor government’s new pool safety laws would substantially impact on pool owners already hurting from Bligh and Labor’s financial mismanagement, Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey said today.  

“My office has already been inundated with complaints from local residents frustrated by their failure to get answers from the government department supposedly in charge of implementing the pool safety laws,” Ms Stuckey said.

“No-one from the department can tell my constituents who they can get to do a pool inspection, when inspectors will be available, when the state-wide swimming pool register will be online or what it will cost.

“This simply proves the incompetent Minister for Infrastructure and Planning introduced these cumbersome laws without proper forethought or planning.

“These laws have serious financial implications, both in terms of compliance costs and through fines and penalties for non-compliance.”

Ms Stuckey said not it was not acceptable that the Government had not even been close to being ready for their implementation.

“Residents in my electorate are fed up with the lack of information and the lack of communication,” she said.

“Where is the state-wide advertising ‘blitz’ promised by the department months ago?

Ms Stuckey said a number of industry professionals had contacted her with grave concerns prior to the roll out of these new laws.

“They have been pleading for the rushed start date to be reconsidered to allow the industry time to cope with the huge anticipated demand for inspections,” she said.

“Currently there are only two registered organisations on the department’s website that have been approved to provide training courses for the pool safety inspector licensing for the whole state.

“It is simply unacceptable that the Government cannot even tell residents how much a pool safety inspection will cost, leaving the market wide open to cowboy inspectors in for a quick buck.

“One Elanora pensioner has already written to me after receiving a flyer in her letter box for a pool safety inspector charging $330 for an inspection with no contact name or company mentioned.

“Residents in the Currumbin electorate and all over Queensland are hurting from mounting cost of living pressures under this Bligh Labor government.

“This is another example of Bligh and Labor’s spaghetti mess of bureaucracy complicating matters and forcing more costs on homeowners.

Link to speech in Parliament: http://www.jannstuckey.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Building-and-Other-Legislation-Amendment-Bill-2-2010-140910.pdf

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