Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Master Justin Morgan-Parke dated 18 April 2017
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.NORTHERN m! TERRITORY ,, GOVERNMENT The Han Natasha Fyles MLA Attorney-General Minister for Justice GPO Box 3146 DARWIN NT 0801 Dear Minister ATTACHMENT B )ul7/ OtAt:>- NJzF RECEIVED 0 6 MAR 2017 MINISTER FYLES' OFFICE I DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND LOGISTICS Chief Executive Level 5 Energy House 18-20 Cavenagh Street DARWIN NT 0800 Postal Address GPO Box 1680 DARWIN NT 0800 T 08 8924 7029 E email@example.com File Ref: ADOT2016/1026-002 Re: Coronia! Findings in relation to the death of Master Justin Morgan-Parke I am writing in response to your letter dated 8 December 2016, regarding the recommendation from the Coronia! Findings into the death of Master Justin Morgan-Parke that relates to the Swimming Pool Safety Act, which is administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. The purpose of the legislation is to establish safety standards for certain swimming pools and encourage compliance with those standards. The legislation applies across the NT, however, there are a number of specific exemptions that mean that compulsory pool barriers are not required for every home swimming pool in the NT, including an exemption for home swimming pools on properties with areas of 1.8 hectares or more (large property). The drowning death of Master Morgan-Parke in an unfenced pool occurred on a large property not captured by the current legislation. The recommendation from the Coronia! Findings was that Government give consideration to the breadth of the exemption from fencing requirements for pools on properties over 1.8 hectares. The previous Government commenced a body of work to review the Swimming Pool Safety Act, and the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has committed to continuing that work. This Department is undertaking the review which will consider all aspects of the current legislation, including whether it is appropriate to extend the requirement for compulsory pool barriers to large properties. Advice on elements relating to the review will be considered by Government in due course. Yours sincerely ~ Andrew Kirkman Chief Executive 5 March 2017 cc: Mr Greg Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer Department of the Attorney-General and Justice www.nt.gov.au