The Rules and Regulations of Sydney Pools

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Sydney pools provide a wonderful way to cool off and unwind during the hot months of summer, as well as exercise or therapy purposes. However, owning one comes with its own set of responsibilities: for instance following all rules set by the NSW government regarding its use in Sydney pools. In this article we’ll look at some standards all Sydney pools must abide by to ensure safety; furthermore it will explore issues that arise when these rules aren’t followed properly.

When planning to build a pool in your backyard, it is essential to understand the laws that pertain to you. First and foremost, ensure your pool builder has been licensed by NSW Fair Trading; they should provide you with a copy of their license which provides details about them and their past work; also double-check that the name on their license matches up with who signed your contract.

MacCallum Pool in Sydney’s historic Fig Tree Baths area is the oldest harbour pool in the southern hemisphere and was Australia’s inaugural official competition swimming pool. Still popular among local swimmers today, offering sheltered harbour swims with breathtaking views of both Opera House and Harbour Bridge; lap swimmers find this long enough for laps with plenty of shaded spots around its edge to relax after their swims.

Canterbury Pool in Sydney’s south-west has long been an anchor of community life in this suburb; residents will remember fondly its intoxicating fragrance of chlorine, heartwarming community events held there, carefree days splashing around with friends. Lawyer and community advocate Yusra Metwally was among those mourning its closure last month after over three decades in operation.

Before selecting a pool builder, it’s essential that they are both licensed and insured. Any builder doing work that costs over $20,000 must be covered under the Home Building Compensation Fund; be sure to ask for proof of insurance prior to beginning work, and read over their terms and conditions carefully in order to make sure everything has been considered when building your pool.

Another important point is to keep in mind is that you cannot construct a pool without an adequate fence. According to NSW law, fencing must stand at least 1.2 metres off of the ground and be self-latching or self-closing with gates opening away from the pool.

Apart from these requirements, when designing your pool you must also take into account its site and surroundings. Checking for obstacles such as trees that could obstruct construction of your pool. Furthermore, speak to the council to find out whether any preservation orders prevent excavation in certain locations.