New Queensland building laws around sustainable housing and swimming pool safety are being detailed at free, public information sessions between Cairns and Coolangatta.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the information sessions in Cairns today were open to members of the public, local government officers, real estate agents and a host of other businesses.

“The sessions detail new swimming pool safety laws which took effecton 1 December and highlight ‘green’ housing requirements in place from 1 January,” Mr Pitt said.

“The tough new swimming pool safety laws will help save children’s lives and make our pools the safest in Australia.

“The new pool safety laws are being implemented in two stages to give current owners and the industry time to adjust.

“The first stage applies to all new residential swimming pools so this forum is a great chance for people to find out what’s changed.”

Mr Pitt said new laws would also promote housing sustainability and reduce noise impacts for people living in transport corridors.

“Starting from next year it will be even easier for Queenslanders to look for homes with sustainable housing features,” Mr Pitt said.

“Queensland has pioneered Australia’s greenest housing policies and a ban on covenants or body corporate rules that curb sustainable features will soon be in place.

“From next year all house, townhouses and units for sale will also require a mandatory sustainability declaration which lists a property’s energy, water, safety and access features.

“By making sure properties uses less water and energy we can help lower operating costs for the people who live in them and also reduce the state’s carbon emissions.”

Earlier this year Queensland tightened its building laws to upgrade mandatory standards for air-conditioners, lighting and water fixtures.

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