Stuckey Warns of Costly and Shonky Pool Inspections

10 Jan 2011 12:34 PMJann Stuckey

10 January 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP is urging pool owners to be wary of overpriced and unauthorised pool fence inspections following the introduction of new State Government pool safety laws on 1 December 2010.

“Concerns have been raised about an open slather approach to fee charges for the new pool safety system that has only been operating for a short period of time,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Minister for Infrastructure and Planning has stated that the Government will not control what amount inspectors can charge for these inspections so residents are wise to shop around for a fair price.

“It would appear every Tom, Dick and Harry is jumping on the bandwagon, which were the exact fears expressed by industry experts before the rushed introduction and poor planning of this latest scheme from the Bligh Labor Government.

“I urge people, when they book inspections, to make sure that inspectors are properly licensed and have the correct qualifications.

“One resident was shocked to find a flyer in her letterbox advertising an inspection for $330, without a business contact name or licence number listed. This was advertised as an Introductory Price Only with the price subject to change.

“The flyer also stated incorrect information about the timeframe for compliance with the new laws, which could cause people to panic unnecessarily.

“Residents should be wary and not believe everything they read in advertisements.  Pool owners need to check the new laws and requirements with the Department of Infrastructure and Planning or Building Codes Queensland before organising an inspection. 

“Stories of a 50 percent failure rate amongst course participants wanting to become inspectors are worrying and offer little confidence when residents are forking out several hundred dollars for inspections.     

“Of even greater concern though, were reports that trainers did not have Certificate IV accreditation to qualify them to run the course.

“Something as important as pool safety deserves thorough planning and better consultation with industry instead of the ad hoc approach taken by this Labor Government. 
 
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Link to Department of Infrastructure and Planning’s Pool Safety website: 
http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafety

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919