Potential backyard killers

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

CHILDREN'S lives may be at risk because Rockhampton City Council does not have the resources to carry out residential pool inspections.

Residential pools are currently only checked if a complaint has been made to the council or if an individual calls for a pool inspection, said Bruce Krenske, the council's building services department manager.

"We do not have the resources to do annual pool inspections,'' he said.

"We currently have two staff doing building matters.''

These remarks come after a 2year-old girl drowned in a North Rockhampton residential pool last week.

The family had only lived in the home for a few weeks before the accident occurred.

Because of the drowning, Mayor Margaret Strelow is pushing for a blitz on backyard pool safety.

And although policing pool safety is a responsibility of the city council, Mr Krenske said the State Government should be better supporting the council's role in regulating pool owners.

"We do not go out doing random inspections,'' he said.

"This is not impossible, it just needs to be better funded.''

There are more than 1800 pools in the Rockhampton area. Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said better regulating pools would not make much difference.



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