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Deadline to register pools and spas pushed to November 1

By Kyabram Free Press

THE Victorian Government has extended the deadline for enforced registrations for private pools and spas – but owners are still required to pay the one-off $79 fee.

The initial deadline of June 1 has been pushed to Sunday, November 1.

The government said the new deadline was an acknowledgement of the extra pressure on families and the increased workload on councils due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campaspe Shire Council Regulatory and Community Services general manager Paul McKenzie said council would be mailing those who had already submitted pool and spa registrations with the adjusted details due to the extension.

“The extended time-frame will give pool and spa owners an additional five months to meet compliance requirements and pay their fees,” he said.

Once registration is complete, the council will inform the pool owner of the date by which they must organise their first inspection and certification of their barrier – the deadline for owners to lodge their first barrier certification will also be extended.

In addition, owners must have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify the continuing compliance of their safety barrier every four years.

Owners who fail to register their pool or spa with their council by November 1, 2020 may face an on-the-spot fine of $330.

Kyabram and district residents can register their pool or spa on council’s website.