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was unattended. The delivery was made as soon as practicable during the week of 10 to 14 January 2011.

Swimming pools—fencing
(Question No 1440)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 16 February 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Planning):

(1) In relation to community consultation on new laws to strengthen pool fencing requirements, what are the elements of this consultation.

(2) Has the consultation commenced; if so, when is it due to be completed.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The initial consultation on a discussion papers that canvasses options to strengthen swimming pool fencing legislation involves:

the release of a discussion paper – with consultation commencing from 7 March 2011. The discussion paper has been advertised on the ACT Government’s Community Engagement website and the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) website, in the Canberra Times, the Chronicle newspaper and through key industry electronic newsletters.

briefings to Legislative Assembly Members.

targeted briefings to key industry groups including:

- Royal Life Saving Society Australia

- ACT Law Society

- Swimming Pool and Spa Association – ACT Chapter

- St Johns Ambulance Service – ACT

- Property Council of Australia– ACT Division

- Master Builders Association – ACT, and

- Housing Industry Association – ACT.

a combination of a hard copy of the discussion paper, posters and fact sheets available at:

- ACT public libraries;

- Canberra Connect offices;

- pre-schools and childcare centres managed through the ACT Department of Education and Training; and

- swimming pool supply shops.

key industry groups to distribute the discussion paper in an electronic form to members (together with an article in the industry newsletter). The Royal Life Saving Society is to distribute the information to all of its 2,500+ members.

ACTPLA has information available both on its website and in hardcopy at its Customer Service offices in Dickson and Mitchell.

The Government will consider community and industry input received through the discussion paper and release an exposure draft of any proposed legislation for further consultation with the community and industry.

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