Stuckey Warns of Costly and Shonky Pool Inspectors

7 Feb 2011 11:54 AMJann Stuckey

7 February 2011

The State Opposition today urged pool owners to be wary of overpriced and unauthorised pool fence inspectors.

Shadow Minister for Fair Trading, Jann Stuckey warned Queenslanders to be aware of cowboy operators trying to make a quick buck, following the introduction of new State Government pool safety laws on 1 December 2010.

“Concerns have been raised about the qualifications of the pool inspectors and the inconsistencies in the fees they’re charging Queensland pool-owners,” said Ms Stuckey.

“The recent warm weather meant more Queenslanders were using their pools, making this is a very timely issue requiring the immediate attention of the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe.

“Mr Hinchliffe has stated that the Government will not police the amount inspectors can charge for these inspections, so I ask residents to shop around for a fair price.

“However, the government can and should police the qualifications of so-called pool inspectors.

“In order to save getting hit with government fines and more importantly, to keep their families safe, Queensland pool-owners need to engage a contractor who has a certificate of competency from an eligible course provider as well as the required professional indemnity insurance to be properly licensed by the Pool Safety Council (PSC) as a Pool Safety Inspector.

“I ask Mr Hinchliffe to tell Queensland pool-owners just how they can notify the government of inspectors they suspect are inadequate?

“Which department is handling complaints from Queensland pool-owners about dodgy operators?

“Bligh needs to ensure this Labor policy is implemented responsibly and it’s not a disastrous repeat of previous Labor home-related schemes.

“It’s the presence of these cowboy operators that are the result of the toxic Bligh government’s poor planning and rushed introduction of the scheme.

“Something as important as pool safety deserves thorough planning and better consultation with industry experts instead of the ad hoc approach taken by this Labor Government,” said Ms Stuckey. 

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

Link to Department of Infrastructure and Planning’s Pool Safety website: http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafety