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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Notice of Motion

Swimming pools and learn to swim program (S129267)


3. By Councillor Vithoulkas

It is resolved that:

(A) Council note:

(i) over the summer period of 2016/17, it was reported that there were 18 fatal drownings in backyard swimming pools and other locations across New South


(ii) the number of drownings is a tragedy that must be addressed through whatever means possible, including education and compliance;

(iii) the Office of Local Government notes that local councils are responsible for promoting backyard swimming pool safety in their local communities through locally appropriate swimming pool inspection programs and community


(iv) the City of Sydney has 98 registered public pool and spa premises within its local government area which are inspected and tested every six months, with City-owned pools inspected every three months;

(v) in NSW, the owners of properties with a swimming pool and/or a spa pool are required to register their pools and spas on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

Information about this program is available via the City of Sydney website;

(vi) while the City of Sydney facilitates inspections of swimming pools and spas, it owns and manages five swimming pools across the local government area;

(vii) each of the City of Sydney swimming pools offers learn to swim classes for $18.50 each, with the cost discounted for additional children from the one family, and private lessons for $51.00; and

(viii) the City of Sydney is in a position to promote water safety in conjunction with other organisations; and

(B) the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i) work with the City’s digital engagement team to develop a campaign about swimming pool safety and feature the issue more prominently on the City of

Sydney website, especially during the summer months;

(ii) liaise with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia to determine how the City of Sydney can promote swimming pool and water safety initiatives;

(iii) investigate possibilities for the City of Sydney becoming involved in initiatives like Learn to Swim Week, a program that is supported by pool industry participants and not-for-profit groups, that promotes the opportunity for

children under 5 to attend free swimming lessons. Learn to Swim week will be held 23 September – 2 October 2017;

(iv) determine whether discounted swimming lessons can be offered at City of Sydney pools throughout the year and heavily promote initiatives that support water safety; and

(v) report back to Councillors via the CEO update.


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