Now paddling pools need to be fenced off!!

The Herald reports:

Parents with inflatable paddling could face $500 if they ignore council orders to fence them off or empty them after use under proposed rules to be unveiled today.

Building and Construction Minister will announce changes to the 1987 Fencing of Swimming Act which, if passed next year, will introduce a new enforcement regime, including $500 for those don’t fence off their properly.

The new will mean any pool where the water is more than 30cm deep – even portable and inflatable – will need to be fenced off.

I can understand fences for permanent pools. But do you have to construct a fence when you have the paddling pool out for a couple of days? Ridiculous.

Officials estimate there are about 60,000 portable that will be affected. The Government hopes the changes will encourage parents to adopt “best practice” and empty and store portable pools after each use.

It will encourage 60,000 parents to get rid of their paddling pools.

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