The government website set up to create a register of backyard pools in NSW crashed yesterday owing to the large number of people trying to register ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.
As a result, local government minister Don Page today asked councils to offer a three-week grace period for people who have not yet managed to register their pools, giving them until November 19.
‘The Division of Local Government, which administers the pools registry, has informed me that there have been technical problems with the register because of the large number of people attempting to register their pools at the last minute,’ Mr Page said.
In the past 24 hours more than 2,500 people an hour have been successfully registering their pools.
By midday today more than 200,000 people had successfully registered their pools – which means in excess of 45,000 people have registered their pools in the past 24 hours.
‘Because of this I have asked councils not to issue infringement notices for three weeks after the deadline to register backyard swimming pools closes at midnight tonight.
‘This exercise was never about fines but always about safety, so I’m sure people will agree that issuing penalty notices would not be appropriate under the current circumstances.’
Mr Page reminded pool owners that although the deadline passes tonight, people can – and should – still register their pools.
‘I urge people to be patient and to keep trying, bearing in mind they now have an additional three weeks to register their pools.
‘I am sympathetic to people who have been frustrated by recent delays on the site and I urge them to continue to try to register their pools.
‘In the meantime the government is happy to advise that councils should provide this three-week grace period for people to get online and register their pools.’