Coast tourism operators fail state-wide safety audit
TOURISM operators in Noosa Heads and Mooloolah Valley are under investigation once they failed a state-wide pool safety audit.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission targeted 500 hotel and motel operators’ over the state and found dozens had unregistered pools or were without safety certificates.
Budget backpackers to five-star resorts were targeted in the audit which led to 80 warning letters issued for non-compliance.
Of them, 20 didn’t comply within the mandatory time frame, like the two Sunshine Coast operators who didn’t have safety certificates.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said temporary fencing have been erected at the Mooloolah Valley location, but wouldn’t normally disclose the real name of the operator because of privacy restrictions.
The spokesman said pool safety inspectors had completed their compliance inspections and issued actions had a need to ensure the pool safety barrier complies with Queensland pool safety standard.
The owner has 20 business days to make sure all their permanent pool barriers comply.
A Noosa Council spokesperson said an enforcement notice was issued following a site inspection at the Noosa Heads site following notification from the QBCC, but didn’t release the operator’s name.
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Properties in the Gold Coast, Weipa, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Roma didn’t comply also.
QBCC commissioner Brett Bassett said he was pleased 400 operators passed audit, sufficient reason for the busy holidays upon us families deserved to feel safe irrespective of where they thought we would stay.
“Pool fences save lives, that is why they’re so important,” he said.
“But tourism operators likewise have the choice of buying another pool safety management plan, such as for example employing lifeguards.”
Both Noosa and Sunshine Coast Council said their safety inspectors provide good advice about pool safety barriers and meeting STATE requirements, inspect pools and offer pool safety certificates.
Noosa Council has undertaken an educational program in the last 12 months, mailing out 3400 educational brochures along with other resources to pool owners within Noosa.
“Out of this, 42 site information sessions for commercial operators have already been requested,” a spokesperson said.
“Council will continue steadily to offer information sessions for just about any interested pool owners.”
All pools, including spas plus some portable pools, must adhere to the pool safety standard which pertains to homes with existing or new pools, plus long-term and short accommodation premises.
This includes existing and new pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan mobile and parks van parks.