Vic Planning Minister silent on mandatory barrier inspection campaign

By Alice Richard
Monday, 24 July, 2017

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne is yet to respond to an industry stakeholder collaboration campaign for mandatory barrier inspection legislation in Victoria.

The campaign was launched on 17 July with a letter co-signed by representatives from Life Saving Victoria, SPASA Victoria, Real Estate Institute of Victoria, Kidsafe Victoria, Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group, Royal Life Saving Society — Australia and Landscaping Victoria.

The letter called for mandatory barrier inspections at the sale or lease of a property, or every three years, for all residential properties.

“The time for talk is over. The Planning Minister continues to dither on this critical safety measure,” said SPASA Victoria CEO Brendan Watkins.

“It’s an extraordinary achievement to bring together seven diverse organisations to lobby for the same single piece of legislation. All pool-related stakeholders have joined together to demand that the Minister act now to keep our toddlers safe.

“There’s no doubt that communities are enhanced by the enormous social capital provided by backyard pools, but we must ensure the barriers are maintained. The safest and most obvious way forward here is clearly mandatory barrier inspections.”

The letter to Minister Richard Wynne is available here. SPASA’s Pool & Spa Safety Campaign website is here.

Brendan Watkins outlines the importance of mandatory barrier inspections in the video below.

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