Council forces dad to empty kids' inflatable pool
TOOWOOMBA man John Ebert was surprised and angry after council officers ordered him to empty a temporary pool set up for his kids.
The pool, which was in the front yard of his mother-in-law Trudy Crouther's Drayton Rd home, was set up for Mr Ebert's daughters Rhiannon, 13, and Charlotte, 8.
It had been bought for $100 from Kmart during a stint of hot weather about a fortnight ago.
The pool was fenced in from all sides. However, it was not an approved pool fence.
The plastic inflatable structure was a little more than 3.5m wide and 76cm deep.
Mrs Couther said council officers came early on Monday morning to tell them to let the water out.
They had seen it while driving past.
The reasons given were because it was deeper than 30cm as well as being too wide.
She said a $1000 application for a permit would have to be completed if they wanted to keep the pool.
"If you had that sort of money you wouldn't worry about buying one," Mrs Crouther said.
"You would just send your kids to the pool."
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Mr Ebert said he could understand the need for a permit if it was a permanent structure.
"It's a ridiculous price for a temporary pool.
"We can't afford to use the pool because we can't afford to put up another fence."
Toowoomba Regional Councillor Chris Tait encouraged residents to check regulations covering inflatable pools when purchasing items for safe summer recreation.
He said residents were able to use inflatable wading pools without any authorisation provided the maximum height was under 30cm and the pool held less than 2000L.
"Council's application fee to ensure pools comply with Queensland Pool Safety Council and Queensland State Government legislation is $998," Cr Tait said.
"Alternatively, residents can engage a private certifier."
- Portable pools and spas which are filled with up to 30cm or more of water must be fenced
- Self-closing and self-latching gates must be working
- The pool safety barrier must measure 120cm from top to bottom
- Climbable objects located within 90cm of the pool safety barrier must be removed