Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ensure Spa Is Fenced off; Spas Face Same Pool Fencing Regulations

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ensure Spa Is Fenced off; Spas Face Same Pool Fencing Regulations

Article excerpt

AS MUCH as I enjoy spending my weekends swimming in the pool with my six-year-old son, I can't help but begrudge the cost of pool maintenance and the hassle of complying with pool fencing regulations.

And so it is that every time the chlorinator breaks, the pump stops working or I spend hundreds of dollars topping up on pool chemicals, I find myself thinking that I "should have just got a spa."

And although the cost of maintaining a spa is significantly less, I was a little surprised to learn that the red tape and regulations surrounding spas are not really much less onerous than for an outdoor swimming pool.

Under the Building Act 1975 a spa bath is included in the definition of a swimming pool and, as a result, is subject to the same pool fencing regulations that apply to a swimming pool of any description.

The regulations are onerous and require not just child-safe pool fencing but self-closing locks and barriers on all sides. …

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