Canberra pool safety overhaul still in ‘early stages’ two years after toddler’s death

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It has been two years since the drowning death of a 21-month-old boy in a Canberra backyard, but the ACT Government appears no closer to forcing pool owners to meet modern safety standards.

At the moment, Canberra pools only need to meet regulations at the time they are built — they do not need to be upgraded as those regulations change.

But in November 2016, the ACT Coroner called for that to change after the death of toddler River Parrya year earlier.

“All existing home swimming pools, irrespective of when they were constructed or installed, [should] be required to comply with the latest version of the building code,” Coroner Beth Campbell said at the time…

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